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May 2010

New Digs Bring State Championship

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For twenty-eight years, Mauldin High School has had outstanding softball teams, yet had never been able to bring home the coveted state championship. That changed last Friday night when the Lady Mavs defeated Summerville.

What made the difference for program with a reputation for great athletes? Upgraded facilities may have made the difference. Craig Gaulden Davis designed new dugouts and seating areas for the fans, along handicapped parking adjacent to the field. The design included public toilets in the visiting dugout and a team room adjacent to the home dugout. The proper placement of the dugouts provided better spectator seating. Tiered seating in the dugouts allows all the players to sit under cover with an optimum view of the game.

Sometimes, at a high level of competition, it is the little things that provide teams the confidence to excel. The new dugouts provided the edge needed to win the state championship. Congratulations Lady Mavs!

AM10 – Alteration 2010

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AIA Greenville’s third annual Architecture Month was its most successful yet. Offering a wide variety of exhibits, discussions, and educational events, Architecture Month enjoyed outstanding interest from the public and from area design professionals. ALTERATION 2010, a public sculpture installation at Greenville’s Peace Center for the Performing Arts, was a new addition to the Architecture Month calendar.

Directed by Craig Gaulden Davis’ Dustin Albright and the Architecture Month Committee, ALTERATION was conceived as an opportunity to enhance appreciation for the city’s public spaces by temporarily modifying and reinterpreting them. Albright worked closely with Clemson architecture professor Dan Harding and his fourth year studio class to help develop their design proposal and present it for the city’s approval. The result was ALTERATION 2010, a colorful, wave-like canopy above the Peace Center’s lower fountain. Its motion was generated by the fountain’s water and translated through a water wheel, recalling Greenville’s textile mill history. The installation spanned the entire month and remained in place through Greenville’s Artisphere festival. It was enjoyed by a steady stream of passersby and theatre-goers, who took time to stop and contemplate how all the moving pieces worked together. Albright and the Architecture Month Committee hope that this will be the first of many successful ALTERATION projects in Greenville.

Journey Church Nears Completion

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After years of meeting in theatres and other borrowed spaces, Journey Church has begun ministry in a new building. The structure is what church planters call a “first-unit” building, and has space for worship, children’s assembly and informal gatherings, all under one compact roof.

Craig Gaulden Davis worked with a civil engineer hired by the Church to develop a master plan for the site that will accommodate expected growth. It envisions reassigning the new building to youth ministry as the congregation grows and a larger space is needed for worship. When complete, the campus will sit astride a new road required by Huntersville’s complex planning rules.

The project took about three years from start to finish. Edifice Construction Company of Charlotte was the general contractor.

Downtown Augusta Library Gives Tour

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The new, 95,000 SF Richmond County Main Library in Augusta, Georgia is set to open to the public on June 25, 2010 with workshops and games to celebrate the event. A recent article in The Augusta Chronicle gives the public a glimpse into the new facility. The buildings three-story, wood grained atrium and limestone main entrance are described in the article as “make[ing] a visual impression.”

The monumental stair, shown above, features a suspended, central panel that rises three stories and tells the 250 year history of public libraries in Augusta. The new building boasts much anticipated spaces such as a Children’s Area, a Georgia Room for archive storage and viewing, Meeting spaces and a Writing Center.

For the full article, visit The Augusta Chronicle.