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April 2010

Wood Frame Construction for Schools

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Charles Gunning, of Craig Gaulden Davis, along with several architects and school facility representatives, traveled to El Dorado, Arkansas to tour a new 317,000 SF high school designed with wood frame construction. Presented by Wood Works, the tour focused on the cost saving, sustainability, and aesthetic advantages that wood framed construction brought to the project. The project, designed by CADM Architecture, Inc. of El Dorado, Arkansas, is scheduled to be complete in 2011 and will be featured as a case study for wood framed schools.

PLA Presentation a Hit

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Architect David Dixon CGD presented at the bi-annual Public Library Association (PLA) Conference in Portland, Oregon. The presentation, entitled Not in Our Community! We Do Not Want Our Modern State of the Art Library to Look Modern, was a case study of CGD’s soon to be completed Augusta Main Library. This new 90,000 SF facility is located within Augusta, Georgia’s historic district and received much attention as the design was approved by the community’s Historic Review Board.

2010 Prime Site Award Winners Named

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The Carolina First Center in Greenville, South Carolina was named a 2010 Prime Site Award winner. The award, presented by Facilities & Destinations Magazine, is a national recognition based on the opinions of individuals in the industry directly involved with site selection. For more information on the award, visit SC Biz Magazine for a full article.

The facility renovation was completed in 2009 and included the consolidation of several sprawling expansions into a unified design. The design team of Craig Gaulden Davis and Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback and Associates were able to phase the renovation, allowing the facility to remain in use throughout the construction process.

Benjamin to Serve National AIA

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Brad Benjamin, an architect with Craig Gaulden Davis, has been selected to serve as the National Events Advisor for the AIA’s Young Architect’s Forum Advisory Committee. The Young Architects Forum (YAF), a program of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the College of Fellows (COF), is organized to address issues of particular importance to architects licensed 10 years or less. The YAF Advisory Committee is specifically charged with carrying out national level YAF programs and serving as liaison to other AIA committees and allied organizations.

Brad has consistently demonstrated exceptional initiative and commitment to the profession by serving at local, state, regional, and national levels for the AIA. As such, he was awarded the AIA’s International Associate Member of the Year Award in 2007. Keenly aware of the importance of architecture in his community’s growth and development, Brad serves as an outstanding representative of his profession by making a personal commitment to lend his creative talents and problem solving abilities to many local community boards and organizations such as the United Way Young Philanthropists, Leadership Greenville Board of Regents, Pecha Kucha Night Greenville, and Architecture for Humanity Greenville.

Township Auditorium Nears Completion

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A major renovation to The Township Auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina is nearing completion. Contractors are expected to have the 3000-seat facility ready to host Columbia College’s graduation ceremony on May 8.

Craig Gaulden Davis collaborated with Stevens & Wilkinson of Columbia to produce a design that moved the circa-1930 structure’s entrance facade 25 feet. New Lobby space and badly-needed support facilities were constructed in the gap. The auditorium itself was repainted and the stage equipped with new rigging and performance lighting systems.

The Township’s public reopening is scheduled for June 10. Contract Construction of Ballentine, SC is the general contractor.