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March 2009

New Greenwood Main Library

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Greenwood County has entered into a contract with Yeargin Potter Shackelford for the construction of their new 43,000 SF main library designed by Craig Gaulden Davis. The new library is slated to be LEED certified and will feature an extensive Children’s Area, Teen Center and a Meeting Room Complex that will also serve as Greenwood County Council Chambers. Construction will begin in March of 2009 and is expected to take twelve to fourteen months to complete at a cost of $7,545,000.

School Chapel Receives High Marks

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The American Institute of Architects has recognized the Chapel of the Good Shepherd with a design award. The South Carolina Chapter of the AIA recognized CGD with a Merit Award at their annual meeting on February 28, 2009. Christ Church Episcopal School selected CGD to design a chapel to serve their approximately 1,000 students in grades 1 through 12. Its purpose is to integrate worship, tradition, and the teachings of its church sponsor into the daily life of the student body. The chapel is located amongst pre-existing academic buildings, where it physically and spiritually anchors the school community through weekly chapel services and other assemblies.

The design problem was to introduce a chapel into the established school campus. The primary site under consideration was outside the elementary school entrance. Weekly chapel services for Lower, Middle, and High schools required seating for approximately 400.

The solution developed by CGD locates the chapel in the space between the academic buildings. This insertion re-directs the focus of the campus inward, through the chapel infill, to create a more active urban center for the campus. The design includes a plaza at the chapel’s entrance and crossroads between the academic buildings. This serves as a place where the school community can gather casually, or in preparation before entering the building. The brick masonry exterior complements the adjacent brick academic buildings.

The interior palate includes brick and concrete masonry walls, stained concrete floors, and stained wood pews and casework. The floor plan borrows from the tradition of English college chapels, in which the students sit on risers facing one another across an aisle. Here, the exterior walls are curved outward, sheltering and directing the worshipping body inward to a ceremonial space at the center. This chapel is intended to both inspire reverence and encourage relationships. Young people relate to their peers, and facing the students toward one another in this way allows them to feel more connected in chapel. Symbolism was extensively employed in the furnishings and stained glass windows. Reaction to the chapel, from students, clergy, staff, parents, alumni, and now our fellow architects, has been very positive.

Design Challenge Sharpens Skills

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On January 23, 2009, Craig Gaulden Davis’ entire staff worked together to explore ideas for a new project for the Tryon Fine Arts Center. After a briefing on program requirements and site conditions, everyone was asked to generate ideas on their own. After brief presentations at lunch, joined by representatives of CGD’s client, the best ideas were developed in a two-hour team exercise. The developed ideas became the seeds of a design that will be built later this year.

CGD has used a similar process in the past, most recently for a small project for the Salvation Army and for the Triune Mercy Center, a homeless shelter in Greenville, SC.

Kroc Center Site Work Commences

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Strange Brothers Grading Company has been awarded the site work contract for grading of the future Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center for the Salvation Army and the AJ Whittenberg Elementary School. The 19 acre site is located in downtown Greenville on the Reedy River between Westfield and Hudson Streets.

The AJ Whittenberg Elementary School, to be located along Hudson Street, will be the first engineering-focused elementary school in the state. Harper Corporation, of Greenville, South Carolina, has been selected to construct the 75,000 square foot facility. Construction is scheduled to begin on site in March 2009 and the school plans to open fall of 2010.