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January 2009

Mountain Creek Church Now Open

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Mountain Creek Baptist Church, a 185-year-old congregation in Greenville, SC, has just completed renovations that will make it easier for visitors to find their way inside.

A new entrance and entrance plaza designed by Craig Gaulden Davis replaced a confusing system of steps and narrow doors and three under-utilized support spaces were combined to create a new welcome center. Near the sanctuary, a narrow corridor and steps that required volunteers to carry disabled participants were replaced with wide ramps to eliminate traffic bottlenecks. A new elevator replaced an outdoor lift.

The project, constructed by Yeargin Potter Shackelford of Greenville, is the first step in a multi-phase master plan prepared by CGD in 2007.

Holy Comforter Celebrates First

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The Church of the Holy Comforter, an Episcopal parish in Evans, GA, held their first services in a new building just before Christmas. The building, designed by Craig Gaulden Davis and constructed by Allen-Batchelor Construction of Augusta, is a so-called “First Unit” building. It houses the assembly space, which will function as sanctuary and parish hall, kitchen, and classrooms. The church rents office space in an office building next door, minimizing their initial expense.

The building is the first step in a multi-phase master plan developed by CGD that will eventually include additional classroom and office space along with dedicated worship space. All are organized around a grassy central courtyard that is visible from Fury’s Ferry Lane, a busy commercial thoroughfare.

Holy Comforter was organized in 1999 and was the first new Episcopal church in the area in more than 40 years.

Greer City Hall Receives Masonry Award

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Craig Gaulden Davis’ design of the new Greer City Hall building was recently chosen by the Upstate Masonry Contractors Association for their 2008 Design Award. The award recognizes structures which feature the creative use of masonry in their design. In addition, the project’s masonry contractor, Feltman Brothers, was recognized as the best example of masonry workmanship for their contribution to the project.

Drawing some of its inspiration from the historic mills of the area, the award winning design blends materials and details of the past with 21st century technology. The main level of the facility features hardwood floors, rich wood paneling, three large meeting halls, and a veranda with views to the new City Park. Other notable features of the building include an intricately detailed clock tower, as well as a grand cypress pergola that guides visitors to the main level entrance.