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October 2008

Augusta Library Groundbreaking

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The Augusta Richmond County Public Library celebrated their ground breaking September 22, 2008 with a collection of performances and presentations from local children and honorable guests. “It’s a happy day,” said Jane Howington, library board president. “This is the public library for this whole area. To have all these children down here today is symbolic. This is the hope of the future.”

Several local schools participated in the ceremony by performing ROTC drills, singing special songs and reciting poetry. Notable speakers including Mayor Deke Copenhaver, Augusta’s own author Karin Gillespie, Jane Howington, Millie Klosinski, gave special remarks. At the conclusion of the ceremony, everyone was invited to grab a shovel and dig.

The construction of the new 3-story, 90,000 SF library will be completed June of 2010.

Halloween Contest

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CGD’s Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest was a creepy event this year as our prizewinners demonstrate.

First Place was awarded to Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh for their reenactment of Hitchcock’s Psycho

Second Place went to Presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama.  Who knew our little office competition would draw this level of celebrity!

Third Place was granted to a fine dining experience with an eerie twist.

Happy Halloween!d

Multi-Site Churches

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CGD’s Ronald Geyer, AIA, attended Leadership Network’s Multi-Site Conference at Seacoast Church in Mt. Pleasant, SC in late September. The conference offered an overview of the issues and opportunities churches face when they grow to multiple locations. Geyer observed that, “locally, as well as nationally, there are a number of churches examining the best way to reach more people. It was clear from the conference that multi-site is best understood as a response to, rather than a mechanism for growth.”

In the process of designing for a church, it is not unusual for Craig Gaulden Davis to field questions about alternate strategies. Geyer points out that a multi-site strategy is just one of the options a church should consider as they pursue their mission. “We want to be up to date on all of the possibilities. We have clients that are just as committed to growing on a single site or to systematic church planting. The most dangerous scenario is the one that you pursue without a clear understanding of why you’re doing it.”

Ron Geyer leads CGD’s Ministry and Cultural studios, and helps churches of all types and sizes make decisions about the buildings they inhabit and use for ministry. You can find his blog at www.churchthatmoves.com.

Former Employee Honored

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Cliff Hammonds, a former Craig Gaulden Davis intern, has been honored for his talents many times over his college career, including athletic honors for starts, three-pointers, assists and steals on the Clemson basketball team, and educational honors resulting from his work on degrees in both architecture and psychology.

In May, Hammonds was honored with a citation created just for him by his peers in the College of Architecture (Hammonds is the first scholarship basketball player to earn a degree from Clemson’s School of Architecture). The Citation for Excellence recognized Hammonds for “quiet leadership, discipline and collegiality.”

On September 18, Hammond received the IPTAY Athlete-of-the-Year award, an honor presented each year to the top student-athlete at Clemson.

Read more about Hammonds’ athletic and educational career on the Clemson website.

CGD’s Cliff Hammonds Honored for Athletics, Scholarship and Leadership

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Cliff Hammonds, a former Craig Gaulden Davis intern, has been honored for his talents many times over his college career, including athletic honors for starts, three-pointers, assists and steals on the Clemson basketball team, and educational honors resulting from his work on degrees in both architecture and psychology.

In May, Hammonds was honored with a citation created just for him by his peers in the College of Architecture (Hammonds is the first scholarship basketball player to earn a degree from Clemson’s School of Architecture). The Citation for Excellence recognized Hammonds for “quiet leadership, discipline and collegiality.”

On September 18, Hammond received the IPTAY Athlete-of-the-Year award, an honor presented each year to the top student-athlete at Clemson.

Read more about Hammonds’ athletic and educational career on the Clemson website.

A Twist on County Market

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Construction is now underway on the new Anderson County Courthouse Annex. Located on the site of the old Kroger grocery store at the corner of East River and South Fant, the 48.500 sf renovation will consolidate a variety of County services into one convenient location. A large central lobby provides easy access to the Assessor, Auditor, Treasuer, Building Codes, Development Standards, and Register of Deeds. An updated facade and curved brick entry element welcome visitors to the annex and present a new face to the community, while enhanced security and visibility as well as improved traffic flow and ample parking are employed to improve the public’s experience in the new facility.

Greer After Dark

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The evening before the official ribbon cutting ceremony, the new Greer City Hall opened its doors in style to a sold out crowd of almost 400 guests. As the five-piece band played into the night, guests were able to get an up close and personal look at the new facility. Themed, A Taste of Greer Station, local restaurateurs were on hand to provide a sampling of local cuisine for those in attendance as they toured the new City landmark. The second floor of the facility, dedicated entirely to public spaces, was elegantly on display as guests mingled in the hardwood floored lobbies, chatted on the outdoor veranda, and enjoyed views of the new park fountain from the comfort of the banquet hall.

Situated in a new 12-acre park currently under construction, the 35,000 sf building is designed to consolidate a variety of city services into one convenient location. In response to the owner’s desire to honor the past while looking forward to the future, details evoking images of historical Southern architecture, such as its prominent ornamental brick towers, anchor the corners of the building. Inside, the latest 21st century technology helps insure that the City can utilize the most modern systems to best serve the public . Designed to meet the current staffing needs of the City, as well as providing space for expansion well into the future, the building intentionally has no back as a physical expression of the City’s commitment to never turn its back on any part of the community.

The Greer City Hall Story is available to view on the internet as is the Dedication Ceremony held on October 3, 2008.

Community Leadership Abounds

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A long tradition of giving back to the community continues at Craig Gaulden Davis. Three employees from CGD are giving back to Greenville and Greer this year. Gwinn Harvey has been selected to participate in Leadership Greer, her hometown. Brad Benjamin currently serves on the Board for Opportunity Greenville and Dee-Ann Lack is participating in the Fall 2008 program.

Leadership Greer, a development program of the Greer Chamber of Commerce , is a yearlong commitment. The Leadership sessions explore issues and topics important to the Greer community and are intended to motivate participants towards community involvement and assist in strategically matching participants with opportunities.

Opportunity Greenville, of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce , is a six-week long commitment intended to educate the participants on the inner-workings of the Greater Greenville area. Participants learn about Greenville’s economy, government, culture and history from an insider’s point of view during the weekly sessions. The participants are encouraged to use their newfound knowledge to help the community’s growth and advancement.

From the days of the firm founders CGD employees have been encouraged in their efforts to support the community and the tradition holds strong today.

Gerogia Projects Under Budget

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Craig Gaulden Davis has completed bidding for Augusta Richmond County Public Library, headquarters for the East Central Georgia Regional Library and Nancy Guinn Memorial Library in the Conyers Rockdale Library System. Both bids came in under budget and are beginning construction.

The Augusta Richmond County Public Library project is a new 90,000 square foot building that had a construction budget of $17 million. The Owner was able to select alternates with the additional funds including upgraded finishes and additional site work.

The Nancy Guinn Memorial Library is an 11,000 square foot addition and full renovation of the existing building with a construction budget of $7 million. Competitive bid numbers allowed the Owner to accept alternates including more square footage in the Children’s Addition, a new skylight and other wish list items.

Both projects received Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funding from the State for a portion of the cost.

Dirt Flies in Conyers

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The following article, written by Jay Jones, appeared in The Rockdale Citizen, October 4, 2008.

Staffers at the Nancy Guinn Memorial Library put down the books and picked up shovels Thursday for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the expansion and renovation of the building.

The Craig Gaulden Davis project will add 11,000 square feet to the library and include some much-needed renovation work of the electrical and ventilation systems of the 18-year-old facility.

The $7.55 million expansion and renovation project will add much-needed space in the children’s wing and enable the library to double the size of its public access computer area.

The library will remain open during construction. Staff and operations moved downstairs last month to make way for the renovation work upstairs where the children’s wing will expand in size along with other improvements and replacement of the building’s aging heating/air conditioning/ventilation systems.

Construction is expected to be completed by April 2010.

Preschool United Under One Roof

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The Christ Church Episcopal Preschool started the school year in September 2008 united under one roof in the newly renovated parish house. Prior to the renovations, the preschool had been divided between two separate buildings.

Craig Gaulden Davis and Triangle Construction Company delivered the project from design concept through completion in less than 8 months via integrated project delivery collaboration.

The 33,000 sf renovation allowed the school to expand their ministry to 13 classrooms, serving 200 children. The work involved heavy renovations to spaces essentially untouched in 40 years and originally built to accommodate a private school. Classrooms were enlarged, windows added, a new fire sprinkler system was installed, lighting, plumbing, and HVAC systems were replaced. And most importantly, the kids love it.

Debate-Worthy Designs

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Excitement surrounding the recent debate between John McCain and Barack Obama was nothing new for Craig Gaulden Davis. It is the second such contest at a CGD-designed facility. In 2004, the Democratic contenders spoke at CGD’s Peace Center in Greenville, SC. On September 26, the presidential candidates spoke at Gertrude Castellow Ford Center at the University of Mississippi, for which CGD developed the program, master plan and preliminary design concepts in partnership with Eley Associates and Dale Architects, both of Jackson. Nothing like good design to provoke a debate.