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October 2007

CGD Helps Restore Anderson Church

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Since the early 1900’s, Mt. Carmel CME Church served Anderson, SC through a variety of ministries. In recent years, the church’s building has fallen into decay and had to be closed. Church leaders considered tearing down this neighborhood landmark (affectionately known as Red Top) and putting a metal building in its place.

Those talks have now come to an end, in part due to the generous support of partners throughout the area – including Craig Gaulden Davis – who have donated goods and services to restore Red Top.  CGD donated architectural services, reconfiguring worship and support spaces, to help the church return to her historic role in the community.

USGBC Recognizes CGD Leadership

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The South Carolina Chapter of the US Green Building Council recognized Craig Gaulden Davis for leadership in integrating energy efficient and green principles into its work. In presenting the 2007 USGBC South Carolina Leadership Award, USGBC President Allen Taylor acknowledged that CGD designers had done so well before the current enthusiasm for sustainable design.

CGD’s pioneering work began in the 1970’s with the design for their own office in Greenville, which was an earth-sheltered, day-lit building with a planted roof. It continued in the 80’s and 90’s with a series of innovative projects that include designs for Callaway Gardens (natural ventilation and daylighting), Christ Episcopal Church (ice storage using off-peak electricity), a 15,000 sf private home (ground source heating and cooling), and The Brookgreen Gardens Visitors Center (natural shading and reflective roofing).

Herman N. Hipp Hall at Furman University, designed by CGD in 2002, is South Carolina’s only LEED Gold Certified Building, “LEED”, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely recognized standard for measuring sustainable design. Because of the Hipp Hall design, Upstate Forever, a regional advocate for sensible growth and responsible land use named CGD and Furman University its 2003 Innovators of the Year. Furman’s Younts Conference Center, designed by CGD in 2005, is currently under review by the USGBC for LEED certification and the firm has worked with school districts across the state to incorporate “green school” daylighting concepts into their buildings.

In 2006, CGD designed the Savannah River Forestry Sciences Laboratory, now under review for LEED Silver certification. Following the USGBC review, it will be the first LEED facility designed for the United States Forest Service. The site was developed to minimize impact on the natural environment and indigenous plantings were selected to avoid irrigation. Other LEED recognized elements are careful insulation, low-flow water fixtures, open design for light and views, and building commissioning.

CGD is currently designing the Kroc Community Center in Greenville, South Carolina for the Salvation Army and libraries in Athens, Georgia and Greenwood, South Carolina, all of which are pursuing LEED certification.

CGD Adds Three

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Gwinn Harvey, Justin Patterson, and Heather Stone have recently joined Craig Gaulden Davis.

Gwinn G. Harvey, AIA, graduated in 1988 from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Design. She has been a licensed architect since 1997 and worked for architecture and engineering firms in Alabama, Georgia and Spartanburg before joining Craig Gaulden Davis.

Justin Patterson is originally from Lexington, SC and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Clemson in 2006. Before coming to CGD he worked as a residential draftsman.

Heather Stone received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carson-Newman College. She worked in Asheville, NC, before completing her Masters of Architecture at the University of Tennessee in 2007.