Craig Gaulden Davis was awarded the commission to renovate and design an addition to the RT Jones Memorial Library in Canton, Georgia. During the design process, floor plan inefficiencies and under-utilized spaces within the existing library were discovered. After a comprehensive space planning exercise, CGD was able to increase the library’s net useable square footage by 2,281; a savings equivalent to over $360,000 in new construction. The resulting design includes a smaller addition than originally programmed which, in turn, allows for more construction dollars to be allocated to the renovation and permits the owner to upgrade to more efficient mechanical and electrical systems.
Ron Geyer, who leads Craig Gaulden Davis work with ministry and cultural clients, has taken on new roles with a pair of Greenville area ministries. Beginning in 2010, he will serve on the Facilities Committee of the Greenville Baptist Association. Also beginning in 2010, Geyer began a three-year term on the Board of Directors of Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Greenville/Piedmont District. CEF is a worldwide organization that exists to share the Gospel with children. Locally, the organization has partnerships in about 90 schools with volunteers from churches in Greenville, Pickens, Oconee, and Anderson counties.
In one all-day session, Craig Gaulden Davis teamed with members of a church near Augusta, Georgia to develop a master plan for their building. Mosaic United Methodist Church, in Evans, has been using part of a 20,000 square foot warehouse for worship and some of its ministry, and expects to acquire the entire building later this year. They wanted to be sure they had a plan in place that would accommodate continued growth.
In a process called a “Charrette”, CGD led the 5-year-old congregation through a morning “town hall” discussion and an afternoon work session before presenting a number of concepts late in the day. The approach was a good fit for the church’s consensus-building style and tight budget.
Mosaic is led by Pastor Carolyn Moore and has a weekend attendance of about 250 people, the majority of whom are new Christians or have only recently returned to church fellowship. Learn more about Mosaic at their website.
Two new branch libraries in Florence County were recently dedicated and opened for public use. The Baker Memorial Public Library in Timmonsville, S.C. was dedicated on February 7 and the Dr. John M. Thomason Public Library in Olanta, South Carolina was dedicated on February 22, 2010. A third branch in Johnsonville, South Carolina will open later this year. These 6,500 square foot branches, designed by Craig Gaulden Davis to draw influences from the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence have been extremely well received by the two rural communities as they seek to expand the horizons of the local citizenry.
Mt Pleasant Academy received an Honor Award from the South Carolina Chapter of the Council for Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI). Craig Gaulden Davis’ Associate Architect for the project, Stubbs Muldrow Herin, accepted the award on the team’s behalf. The jury noted the school’s design as award winning for the interior design and it’s adaptation of a challenging site.
CEFPI’s jury consisted of an Architect, a Facility Manager and a school Administrator. The Architect said that he was originally worried how they would make a decision with such different vantage points, but that they were unanimous in the selection of the honor awards
Craig Gaulden Davis toured Satterfield Woodworking, Inc. in Greer, South Carolina and discussed the practice of millwork detailing and specifying. The informal, open-forum meeting covered all aspects of millwork from material choices, quality detailing, and how to write clear specifications that produce the best final results.
The millwork industry has undergone some changes due to the green building movement. CGD, a firm with a strong history of sustainable design, sees this lesson on the new products and technologies as a valuable tool for design.
Craig Gaulden Davis has been commissioned by Aiken County to design two libraries. They will design a new branch library for New Ellenton, South Carolina as well as an addition and renovation to the Nancy Bonnette Branch Library in Wagoner, South Carolina. The design phase is expected to begin March of 2010 with construction scheduled to begin in the fall.