The new Craig Gaulden Davis-designed Columbia County (GA) Public Library and Jabez Sanford Performing Arts Center opened at the end of March to rave reviews. Columbia County is the largest suburb of Augusta, GA, which in turn is second in size only to Atlanta.
Library Board Chairman Dr. Jefferson Hardin described the 50,000 square foot facility as the “dramatic centerpiece” of the community, calling it the “most ambitious – and successful – quality of life undertaking” in the County’s history. Dr. Hardin also described CGD and their local affiliate, Studio 3 Design Group as world class library architects who delivered a “high-tech and user-friendly masterpiece.”
In addition to 35,000 square feet of library space the structure houses a cafe, a 350-seat theatre with a fully functional stagehouse, and a conference center. It is part of a larger public park that includes a 500-seat amphitheatre, passive recreational area, and playground, each of which was designed by the CGD team