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September 2009

All Work and No Play

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The staff of Craig Gaulden Davis participated in a “work day” to clean up and clean out their office. Many tasks were tackled including outside chores and painting as seen above. With all the surfaces shining bright they are ready to host associates from our region during a get-together that the office planned during the 2009 AIA South Atlantic Regional Conference to be held in Greenville from September 29 through October 4, 2009.

Converse College – Kuhn Hall Dedication

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Converse College cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Kuhn Hall classroom building on September 15. The transformation of this historic science classroom into a modern, high-tech facility seeks to become the first LEED certified building on the campus of this prestigious liberal arts college in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The $3.6 million renovation included substantial gutting of the existing building and reconfiguration to provide for the current needs of Economics & Business, Math & Physical Sciences, and Psychology Departments. Further, the new homes for the Nisbet Honors Program and Campus Technology are integrated into the building design.

The investment in new electrical and mechanical infrastructure as well as state-of-the-art teaching facilities and bright color schemes has created an inviting and comfortable facility for faculty and students.

Craig Gaulden Davis provided full architectural and interior design services.

Construction Costs Remarkably Low

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Craig Gaulden Davis is proud to announce that the three lowest bids for the Anderson County Department of Social Services up-fit came in 35-40% below the Owner’s anticipated budget for the project and all of the bids received were below the Owner’s budget. The project will take the existing unused third floor of the DSS building at 224 McGee Road in Anderson and create office space for up to forty employees. This will allow more flexibility and a better working environment for the DSS staff while alleviating overcrowding on the lower two floors of the building. Construction activities are expected to start in October.

Etowah Library Showcased

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Craig Gaulden Davis’ Award winning Etowah Branch Library was recognized and published in American Libraries’ Library Design Showcase. This digital publication was emailed to the American Library Association’s worldwide membership in April. In March of 2008 the 8,000 SF branch was completed on time and $100,000 under budget. Since opening, circulation has increased by twenty percent. A sustainable facility, the building design incorporates methods such as daylight harvesting, solar orientation and an energy efficient building envelope. For sustainable design and the pleasure of the occupants the building features natural cork flooring and south facing windows that take advantage of the winter sun as well as the mountain views.

Heritage Park Boosting Local Economy

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In an article published by Cities Mean Business, an initiative of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, Simpsonville City Administrator Russell Hawes had the following to say. “Heritage Park has proven to be a great investment in the future of our city that continues to pay dividends in quality of life and business prosperity, the economic impact of the 200,000 plus annual visitors is profound; in the range of $10 million per year since opening.”

Zeigler Attracts Regional Conference to Greenville

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Ed Zeigler, President of Craig Gaulden Davis is chairing the South Atlantic Regional Conference of the American Institute of Architects. The four day event will take place September 30 through October 3, 2009 in Greenville, South Carolina. The conference was featured in a Greenville News article written by Chris Stone, President of the Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau. To read the article, please visit The Greenville News.

Schools Benefit from Current Economy

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Bids taken in February for Wren Middle School were 30% under budget and construction is a month ahead of schedule.

CGD is designing additions and renovations for nine separate schools in Anderson School District One and has seen a trend, so far, in under budget competitive bid numbers.