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February 2009

Friendship Church Meets Growth Challenge

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Friendship Baptist Church in Lugoff, SC is making plans to expand its facilities – without adding a single square foot of space. Craig Gaulden Davis devised a way to reorganize circulation within the building (doors and hallways) that will allow the church to use its facilities multiple times each weekend rather than once. Friendship‘s sanctuary is full most Sundays and the congregation was looking for ways to accommodate continued growth. A separate project will create a new main entrance plaza and parking that are more visible and useful to visitors. Future phases include new education and worship space.

CGD prepared a master plan in 2008 and helped the church select Gilbert Construction of Florence to construct the project. Work is expected to start later in 2009.

Progress Report for Mt. Pleasant Academy

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A new 70,000 square foot building has been designed to replace an existing structure on the waterfront site. The requirement to get carpool stacking off the street and have a separate drive for buses on a narrow site forced a two-story structure. The school administration is located along the street with a Federalist design common in low country civic structures. The main drop-off for students will be at the media center, limiting walking distance for students in the long building.

The cafeteria’s northern exposure allows fabulous views across the marsh to the lighthouse on Sullivan’s Island. The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2009. Craig Gaulden Davis teamed with Stubbs Muldrow Herin in Mt. Pleasant to provide architectural services.

Two Obtain LEED Certification

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Scott Powell and Dustin Albright have both become LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED AP), distinguishing them as building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. LEED Accredited Professionals recognize green building practices and understand the principles and process of registering buildings through the US Green Building Council (USGBC) .

Craig Gaulden Davis received the Firm of the Year Award last year from the South Carolina chapter of the USGBC. CGD has designed six certified buildings, including the first Gold rated LEED building in South Carolina, Hipp Hall at Furman University. The firm currently has six LEED APs and is working on several projects in the process of receiving LEED certification, including the AJ Whittenberg Elementary School and the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center for the Salvation Army in downtown Greenville.