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August 2008

Gaffney Tourism Boost

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The City of Gaffney, South Carolina has commissioned Craig Gaulden Davis to renovate the former United States Post Office in downtown Gaffney into a new Visitors Center and Art Museum. The development of the new center is in direct response to a resurgence of activity in the downtown area, spurred in part by the construction of the CGD designed City Hall Building in 2004.

The project will include new office and meeting space for the Visitors Center, currently housed in a storefront on Main Street. The Visitors Center will feature local history exhibits and information for regional attractions. Additionally, the building will house flexible meeting spaces for a variety of functions within the city, including traveling art exhibits, social functions, and civic presentations. The local arts community will also have new spaces for studio and exhibit within the building.

Design is underway and construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2009.

CGD Recognized by AIA

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CGD received three of the four recognitions at the AIA Greenville Design Awards. The firm received a Merit Award for their design of The Chapel of the Good Shepard, located at the center of the Christ Church Episcopal School campus. This chapel is intended to both inspire reverence and encourage relationships. The floor plan borrows from the tradition of English college chapels where the students sit on risers facing one another across an aisle. Students relate to their peers, and facing them toward one another in this way allows them to feel more connected in chapel.

Carolina High School and Academy also received a Merit Award. Craig, Gaulden & Davis teamed with Perkins & Will to design this new three story 1,000-student school on the existing school site. Despite several programmatic and phasing challenges to overcome the project has won multiple awards and honors.

The third Merit Award was given to Heritage Park Recreation Complex, a project done in association with Wood + Partners of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The complex is located on a 90-acre tract of land in Simpsonville, South Carolina and includes amenities such as baseball fields, batting cages, playgrounds, an elevated press boxes, picnic shelters, walking trails, a children’s train ride and a recreational building housing an arcade and full-service kitchen. Construction of a 16,000-occupancy amphitheater was completed this year on the site with future plans to add more support facilities.

Greenville’s Favorite Architecture

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Nearly 4000 votes were cast during Greenville County’s first proclaimed celebration of architecture and Craig Gaulden Davis came out on top. The public selected five CGD projects for the top twenty favorite structures in Greenville County. The winning designs include Christ Episcopal Church Sanctuary, Greenville County Art Museum, Heritage Park, Hughes Main Library and The Peace Center for the Performing Arts. The selected works represent nearly twenty years of CGD design and show the variety of project types the firm has accomplished over the last 50 years. Thank you to the Greenville residents who voted and enjoy our designs daily!

Outstandng Theatre of 2008

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The League of Historic American Theaters recognized the Newberry Opera House in Newberry, South Carolina as Outstanding Theater of 2008 at its national conference in Atlanta on July 20.

In announcing the award, presenters cited the Newberry Opera House for “inspiring excellence in the preservation, restoration and sustainable operations of historic theaters throughout North America” and acknowledged it as “a prime example of best practices in our industry, and cited the Opera House as the major factor in the economic blossoming of their region of South Carolina.”

More than 250 million dollars of economic growth is attributed to the project.

The Newberry Opera House, which presents more than 200 events annually, is an 1881 French Gothic structure, renovated and reopened in 1998. Craig Gaulden Davis provided architectural and interior design for the adaptive reuse project, completed in 1997 for $4.5 million. The design team also included Charles Cosler Theatre Design (theater and architectural lighting consultant) Len Alexander (arts management consultants) and ARTEC (acoustics and sound system consultants).

Asbury Hills Camp Grows

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CGD has been selected by the South Carolina Camps & Retreat Ministries for services at Asbury Hills Methodist Camp near Caesars Head. The design will comprise of new youth cabins and renovations to the dining hall, a youth lodge and two adult housing units.

Built above the river that meanders through the camp, the cabins will have generous porches facing the river and will feature vaulted ceilings. Several cabins will be heated to allow for youth retreats in the winter months. Each adult room will have a private bath and updated finishes. Caldwell Constructors has been selected as the general contractor. All structures are scheduled be complete before next summer’s camping season.

Award Winning Chapel

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The Brick Industry Association has recently recognized CGD’s design of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd with a Gold Award for Worship Facilities. In addition to this honor, the project was recognized with a Design With Brick Merit Award from the Brick Industry Southeast Region. Previously the design received a Merit Award from AIA Greenville in 2007 as well as an Honor Award in 2006 from the Upper South Carolina Masonry Contractors Association.

Newton County’s New Library

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CGD has been selected to design and oversee construction of the new Porter Memorial Branch Library in Newton County Georgia. The new 18,000SF facility is estimated to cost approx 4 million dollars.

When interviewed by The Rockdale Citizen, Newton County Library Director Greg Heid had the following to say on the Library Board’s selection. “The firm is also designing new library buildings in Athens (and) Augusta and designing an addition and renovation of the current library in Tifton, Georgia,” Heid stated. “All three public library directors of these library systems gave me an enthusiastic and positive recommendation for Craig Gaulden Davis Inc. when I called to check on their projects. I am quite pleased with the Library Board’s selection and I cannot wait to begin the design phase to construct the Porter Memorial Branch Library.” CGD will begin the design process in September.

Heritage Bible Church Opens New Wing

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Heritage Bible Church recently dedicated a versatile new structure designed by Craig Gaulden Davis. The Taylors, SC church added a fellowship hall that can be subdivided with operable partitions into as many as 18 classrooms. Renovations improve interior circulation and provide locations for greeters and ministry information. A partial, unfinished basement offers room for continued growth.

The location of the addition, constructed by SYS Constructors of Greenville, creates an outdoor courtyard between new and old buildings. The terraced space clarifies the previously ambiguous approach from parking and provides much-needed social space.

Heritage Bible Church was established in 1975. About 1100 people attend a typical weekend service.