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April 2009

Best Dining Found in Greenville

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Rick Erwin’s West End Grille of Greenville has been recognized by for multiple awards including Best Ambiance and Top 50 Best Overall in the 50 states and District of Columbia. The Craig Gaulden Davis designed space is a fine dining, traditional American steak and seafood restaurant with a modern take on the classic steakhouse hardwood decor. Boasting an elegant wine cellar, sophisticated private party room, comfortable dining room and a spacious corporate suite above the restaurant, the facility can provide a variety of solutions to the dining experience. Interior design by Kimberly Gray. is a reservation and rating tool available online that allows diners to rate the facilities on several levels providing a nonbiased and current review for future patrons. The Top 50 List was selected from the highest ranking of over 9,000 restaurants from two million patron reviews given the previous year. Rick Erwin’s is one of two businesses in South Carolina to achieve this distinction.

Church Lady Praises CGD Design

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North Augusta First Baptist Church, designed by Craig Gaulden Davis, still receives rave reviews eleven years after completion. Angel Cleary in her Metro Spirit column Church Lady: Church in the Round describes her visit. Cleary writes, “There is no bad perspective from the balcony.” Concluding with, “By far the most prominent aspect was the glorious sanctuary. I’d go back just to sit in the balcony and feel majestic.”

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Hansen Passes ARE

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Craig Gaulden Davis (CGD) is pleased to announce that John D. Hansen, AIA, LEED AP successfully completed the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) earlier this year. Since joining CGD in 1997, Hansen has played a leading role in a variety of projects including the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Greenville, the Florence Little Theatre in Florence, SC, Heritage Park in Simpsonville, and Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. A native of Southern California, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Utah and a Master of Architecture from Clemson University.

Calhoun Building Restoration

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Craig Gaulden Davis has been selected by the state of South Carolina to lead the restoration and renovation efforts for the second oldest building on the state house grounds in Columbia, South Carolina. The John C. Calhoun Building, completed in 1927, is named for the South Carolina born statesman and political philosopher. Initially intended as the new home for the State Supreme Court, the court never occupied the building. The building housed state offices until renovations were completed in 1988, when the Court of Appeals occupied the building. The Sumter Street building now houses judicial offices for the state as well as the South Carolina Appellate Court and is located behind the state capitol.

The scope of the work includes waterproofing of foundation walls, restoration of the limestone, brick and the exterior facade. Interior renovations include a complete replacement of the mechanical systems and a new fire protection system. Architectural modifications are intended to add additional hearing rooms, refurbish the court rooms, provide new conference space as well as reconfigure office space and judge’s chambers. The project’s anticipated completion date is still pending at this time.

Zeigler Appointed to AIAS Board

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Edward T. Zeigler, Jr., AIA, President of Craig Gaulden Davis has been appointed to a two year term on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). He will serve as The American Institute of Architects (AIA) liaison to the AIAS Board. Ed is currently serving a three year term on the National Board of Directors of the AIA.

Since 1956, the American Institute of Architecture Students has been the voice of students to the educational system and the profession of architecture and design in North America–and beyond. The association helps to build interest and enrich the educational experience of students (of all ages) and others in architecture and design.

A. J. Eastwood Library

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Craig Gaulden Davis has been selected by Limestone College to author a feasibility study for the renovations and expansion of their A.J. Eastwood Library. CGD worked with the staff and administration to develop a program that calls for increasing the collection capacity of the library to 100,000 volumes. Additionally, the college asked for the study to address how the architecture could be modified to make the structure more compatible with the traditional feel of the rest of the campus. CGD assisted the college in developing conceptual plans, budget and naming opportunities to be used by the college in fund-raising.