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December 2008

New Main Library in Covington

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Craig Gaulden Davis has been commissioned to design the new Porter Memorial Branch Library in Covington Georgia, located just outside of Atlanta. The new branch will be approximately 20,000 square feet and with the intention to incorporate several sustainable features including a vegetated roof, day-lighting and rain water collection system. The project is expected to achieve LEED Gold Certification.

CGD is responsible for the programming and design of over two million square feet of library space. The firm has several libraries in progress throughout Georgia including the new Main Library in downtown Augusta and renovations and additions to other Main Libraries in Athens, Conyers and Tifton.

Best Small Library

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The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association has named the Etowah Library the best new library facility under 10,000 square feet in North Carolina. The award was given at the annual meeting on December 4, 2008. Recently completed, the 8,000 square foot branch library in Etowah, NC is located just outside of Hendersonville overlooking the Etowah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains. The building incorporates many sustainable design elements that are a benefit to both patrons and staff such as maximized day-lighting, a building shell that considers the regions climate and sustainable materials.

As a lantern on the hill, the library presents an illuminated invitation to explore the world and all the library has to offer. Additionally, as with all CGD library designs, the building is sited to permit future growth.

Designed to Inspire

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Craig Gaulden Davis’ design of Mt Lebanon Elementary School is getting second glances from its neighbors and they like what they see. One local resident sent an e-mail to Principal Mona Fleming commenting on how beautiful [the school] is.  A student was quoted by Patrick Neal Special in an article that appeared in the Independent-Mail, “I like the colored lights and all the pretty art on the walls, and the library, and the classrooms upstairs, and I like the bathrooms because we’ve got hand dryers instead of paper towels. Everything is just cool.”

To read the full article on the new Mt Lebanon Elementary School visit The Independent Mail online.

Benjamin Serves AIA

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Craig Gaulden Davis employee Brad Benjamin has been elected to serve as the 2009 President for the Greenville Section of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Benjamin has served in multiple leadership roles within the AIA including as a Director of the National Associates Committee, as a representative on the AIA Board Knowledge Committee, and as the AIA-SC Emerging Professionals Director. In 2007 Benjamin received the Associate AIA Member of the Year Award for his exceptional commitment to the AIA on local , state, regional , and national levels.

In addition to Benjamin’s accomplishments other employees are serving at various levels within the AIA. Currently Ed Zeigler is serving on the national AIA Board of Directors, representing the South Atlantic Region. Scott Powell will serve as Upstate Director on the AIA SC Board for 2009 and Dee-Ann Lack will join the AIA Greenville Board as Membership Chair in 2009.

In the past CGD supported four employees as president of AIA South Carolina and five employees in the president’s role for AIA Greenville and has encouraged numerous employees in other leadership positions. Employee commitments extend from the local chapter in Greenville to actively supporting at regional, state and national levels.

CGD proudly notes founding partners Bill Davis, Kirk Craig and Earle Gaulden as AIA Fellow and hopes to foster the desire for this high honor in current and future employees. Fellowship recognizes an AIA architect member’s significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.