Pickens County takes immense pride in its small, rural, and high achieving elementary schools. Ambler Elementary School is a case in point. Twenty years ago, I was a 4th grade student attending class in the brand new CGD designed classroom and gym wing. The scope of the project also included renovating the cafetorium and existing classrooms, reorienting the main entrance, and building a new covered walkway along the pick-up and drop-off drive.
My memories of the new space are fond. The new gym, though small, was a cathedral compared to the musty portable that a group of twenty 10 year olds could seemingly rattle off of its cinder block foundation when doing jumping jacks or dosey-doeing during state-mandated square dance lessons. The renovated cafetorium was similarly grand to a 4th grader. Sunlight would burst through the large east facing windows in the morning while the entire student body waited to line up and go to class. It was during one such morning wait that a friend of mine plucked a live foot long snake off the floor as if it were just a napkin that needed to go in the trash. This was the same friend who came in another morning after being sprayed by a skunk and whose backpack, doubling as an after-hours game bag, contained traces of squirrel hair and blood.
The renovations and additions to Ambler merited t-shirts (now clearly tattered and threadbare) for the entire student body and a visit from Governor Beasley. It was a big deal and a joy to call ‘ours’. Looking back, it’s a great case for the impact designers have on the lives and wellbeing of those they serve – even 4th graders in northern Pickens County.
Greenville’s repute as a once burgeoning, now coming-of-age gastronomic destination is a marvel to which even the New York Times lends recent credence. The city’s seemingly overnight ascension to credibility among epicures rests largely on the restaurants that champion efforts of local farms to supply kitchens with fresh ingredients for updated vernacular fare. The Anchorage is no exception; in commissioning Craig Gaulden Davis to reimagine a neglected structure in the Village of West Greenville, the restaurant’s commitment to homegrown endeavors extends beyond the kitchen and crop field and to the drafting table.
The Anchorage charged CGD with giving their decrepit 2,400 SF space a neighborly feel and sense of community while preserving the historic character unique to the three adjoining structures that comprise the overall edifice. Design leader Stuart Stenger incorporated rough sawn wood members, re-exposed brick walls, and custom millwork sawn from reclaimed beams onsite. Greenville artists and artisans were commissioned to furnish artwork and custom pendants. A rotted portion of the second story floor was demolished, creating opportunity for a soaring entry space; progressing into the dining area, the room constricts to be more intimate. Whitewashed joists and tongue and groove ceilings overhead soften the experience, affording a dining ambiance distinctive to a place rising to a modernity that is contentedly rooted in the past.
It has largely been business as usual at CGD over the last several months. Computers boot and coffee drips each morning; proposals and drawing sets go out the door. The in-office putt-putt tournaments were played and the jacket and cups awarded.
But, even as our e-newsletter (which we hope you receive) went out on time each month, broken links and outdated templates resulted in our web presence appearing stale. As a way of ushering in the firm’s 60th anniversary year, it is a thrill to unveil our newly designed site. Our intent is that this site will prove more stable and agile across platforms, provide a coherent overview of who we are and what we offer as design professionals, and simply be more aesthetically appealing. Firmness, commodity, delight – the three Vitruvian principles of design we learn in school and apply in all of our work. Thank you for stopping by.
On Thursday, the CGD staff had the pleasure of touring Legacy Charter Middle and Early College High Schools. Over the years, CGD has been closely involved with renovations across the schools’ shared campus, creating a vibrant learning space out of the formerly abandoned Parker High School on Greenville’s west side. A sampling of those projects includes a new secure yet welcoming main entrance, a fitness center, updates to classroom and hallway finishes, and most recently the kitchen and dining area. Under construction is a new media center, amphitheater, and walkways better connecting the campus. It was in the radiant new dining area that our staff was able to sit with Legacy staff to learn about the good work happening at the schools and enjoy the same fresh and nutritious lunch Legacy students have every day.
Our first newsletter of 2016 is ready for viewing, HERE. From top to bottom, it tracks north to south – from the dense center of downtown Greenville, to the southern edge of Falls Park, to suburban northern Anderson, then finally to rural Belton. Intentional or not, the ordered distinctives of the architect’s manner are evident even in newsletter article arrangement.
Frequent pacing, finger nail biting, eyebrow stroking, kneading sweaty palms. Those are the tendencies one can expect on the second floor of 19 Washington Park in these final hours leading up to Clemson’s Monday night shot at a national title and a perfect 15-0 record. Pictured is the office’s Tiger contingency – all sporting some combination of orange, awaiting tonight’s bout in the desert. A solid majority of CGD is ALL IN. Go Tigers!
Matthew Krider, one of CGD’s 2015 summer and holiday break interns, departed Wednesday for a semester abroad in Genoa, Italy. A junior in Clemson’s School of Architecture, he continues a long tradition of the Clemson branch of the CGD family spending a semester on the Ligurian Sea. Pictured in the airport ticketing lobby with Krider is his future bride, Alexis. By assigning the perfunctory and completely believable intern oriented task of ascending to a downtown Greenville rooftop at night with a tape measure and camera, CGD was honored to play an underhanded role in Krider’s surprise rooftop proposal over the Christmas break.
The December 4 issue of the Upstate Business Journal features a recently completed CGD project as the prominent ‘money-shot’ on the table of contents page. The subject of the photo is CGD’s green wall installation at the Pacolet Milliken Enterprises offices at Riverplace in downtown Greenville. View the full screen spread on page 4 above, and read more about the firm’s first green wall installation in this month’s CGD NEWSLETTER.
Over the past month, Pedrick’s Garden at Falls Park has received the South Carolina American Society of Landscape Architects President’s Award of Excellence and the Architectural Precast Association’s Design & Manufacturing Award in the trim and landscape category; The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence – Silver Medal was bestowed upon Falls Park as a whole. Working alongside city officials and planners, landscape architects, engineering consultants, philanthropists, and artisans, CGD is honored to have played a role in bringing to fruition one of the region’s most lauded urban parks.
A lost-but-found memento of CGD’s distant (from a millennial’s perspective) past was brought to the attention of all at the office this past week. A friend of CGD principal and vice president Scott Powell found THIS newsletter while cleaning out an old desk. It recounts the anticipated groundbreaking of the Greenville County Museum of Art, a project that affirmed CGD’s then burgeoning reputation as a leading design firm in South Carolina. Coincidentally, the newsletter is addressed to CGD co-founder Kirk Craig, as the desk in which it sat for years was purportedly once his own.
At CGD, an affinity for exceptional design often extends to pursuits outside the office. Such was the case at the EURO Auto Festival this past Saturday, October 17, where green fairways and blue skies provided an optimum backdrop to showcase hundreds of the finest examples of European automobiles past and present. CGD’s Kim Poole and Charles Gunning continued their longstanding service as event organizers, and Calvin Wright volunteered at the show. This year’s event was the first to be held on the golf course at the Preserve at Verdae; a solid attendance affirmed the show’s new home on the links.
Sitting in handsome accord with a grassy hillside among Southwest Virginia’s ridge and valley landscape, Emory & Henry College’s new Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts was formally opened and dedicated last Friday, October 16. Held in the south facing main theatre lobby, the ceremony included a ribbon cutting and remarks by project architect and CGD principal Scott Simmons. CGD interior designer Andrea Kuhfuss was also in attendance. A copy of the event program, which provides an account of this CGD project’s inception and final design figures, can be viewed HERE.
After the high scaffold was removed and the weekend’s cold winds wailed no more, only a long black veil separated Chihuly’s ‘Rose Crystal Tower’ from Greenville’s public eye. The veil was drawn on a bright October 6 evening. There were many at the scene, and they all did agree that the city’s newest public art installation is a remarkable sight. We encourage all who walk the hills of Falls Park to visit the piece, particularly on upcoming cool dark nights when the uplit crystals glow. A video of the unveiling, featuring CGD’s Ed Zeigler, is available to view HERE. Photo credit: Liene Kukainis
Equipped with new life size CGD project banners and a vast knowledge of and experience with library programming and design, Stuart Stenger and Andrea Kuhfuss will represent the firm at the 27th Annual Georgia Council of Media Organizations Conference October 8-9 in Athens, Georgia. Intended to bolster and advocate for the importance of libraries in 21st century communities, the GaCOMO Conference will feature speakers and vendors from around the nation, exhibits, and seminars. The conference comes off the heels of last week’s ribbon cutting ceremony at Fulton County’s Metropolitan Library. CGD’s Stenger and Kuhfuss led the design efforts as the library consultants for this lauded new branch.
Emerging from this weekend’s forecast of overwhelming precipitation is a rare and fine blossom unlike any the city of Greenville has ever claimed as her own. On Tuesday, October 6, the city will unveil the “Rose Crystal Tower”, a public arts sculpture by world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. CGD’s Ed Zeigler and Charles Gunning were contributing players in the procurement of the sculpture and design of Pedrick’s Garden, where the piece will stand. Zeigler will speak at Tuesday’s unveiling. The Greenville News covers the event and the sculpture HERE.
The Greenville Journal recently published an opinion piece penned by our own David Dixon, a principal and 28-year veteran of Craig Gaulden Davis. Dixon references a past CGD Book Club title and reasons that current political discourse offers contradictory applications of the ‘flywheel principle.’ The piece is available to read here.
In an effort to serve our community and offer design services to those who normally would not benefit from them, AIA Greenville teamed up with Rebuild Upstate to design and build an accessible ramp for a client in West Greenville. Aaron Swiger provided the design and led the weekend long effort to construct the ramp.
We were not at all surprised when Andrea Kuhfuss, CGD’s very talented Associate and Director of Interior Design, was named to Greenville Magazine’s Best & Brightest 35 and Under. Read more about her accomplishments in this link to the magazine. Congratulations Andrea! We are so proud!!
Follow this link for a guided tour by heralded sophomore wide receiver Artavis Scott. CGD coordinated the renovation of eighteen Lightsey Bridge apartments for the Clemson University athletic department to house football players. The units feature quartz counter tops, stainless steel appliances and (Artavis’ favorite) glass shower doors. Craig Gaulden Davis is proud to team with Clemson University to advance its football program. Go Tigers!