Anderson County Court Annex is officially open for business. As of May 2009, the Anderson County Register of Deeds, Building and Codes, Treasurer, Auditor, Assessor and Building and Maintenance are moved in and open for business. Prior to the renovation, this derelict grocery store sat vacant on the edge of downtown Anderson for over twenty years. By reclaiming this empty big box as County Offices, the County saved several million dollars and helped reinvigorate an economically depressed area.
Ron Geyer, who leads Craig Gaulden Davis’ work with ministry and cultural clients, was a recent guest on Calling for Truth, a program hosted by Dr. Paul Dean on WLFJ’s AM 660 Christian Talk Radio. Calling for Truth airs at 1:00 pm three days a week. Here’s a link to the archived broadcast from May 18, 2009.
Renovations to the lobby of the Abbeville Opera House were completed in June. The Opera House, constructed in 1908, is the centerpiece of this 250-year-old town and houses some of the City’s offices. Craig Gaulden Davis’ interior designers recommended the color scheme based on original newspaper accounts of the Opera House’s opening and evidence on site. Abbeville, with a population of about 6,000, is located in western South Carolina.
Craig Gaulden Davis is pleased to announce Brad Benjamin, Rick Connor, Gwinn Harvey, Dee-Ann Lack, John Pendergrass and Hays Reynolds have become LEED Accredited Professionals. This title distinguishes them as building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. LEED Accredited Professionals recognize green building practices and understand the principles and process of registering buildings through the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
The Heritage Park Amphitheatre in Simpsonville, SC was completed last year, too late for fall bookings, but in plenty of time to host big events this spring and summer.
On Memorial Day Weekend, Freedom Weekend Aloft, a regional festival that promotes affordable family fun, hot-air ballooning, patriotism, and tourism while raising money for charity, featured no less than 14 performances over four days. Among them were Mother’s Finest, Foghat, The Catalinas, Sister Hazel, Gavin DeGraw, the Chairmen of the Board and the United States Navy Fleet Forces Band.
By the end of July 2009, the 16,500 seat open-air facility will have hosted appearances by ’70s and ’80s rockers Styx, .38 Special and REO Speedwagon. as well as a joint performance by Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp.
Read New Venue Lands Big Name Performers in the Greenville News.
Craig Gaulden Davis launched its work on the design for a new performing arts building at Emory & Henry College in a way designed to gather information and impression quickly from as large a group as possible. Using a technique called a “charrette”, CGD and consultants spent two days on the southwest Virginia campus: the first, learning about the history, character, needs and ambitions of faculty, students and staff; and the second, developing concepts in response.
The process allowed the CGD team, which included architects, interior designers, landscape architects, and theatre and acoustics consultants, to quickly “read” and get feedback from College leaders. It resulted in the testing and selection of a site from about 8 alternatives considered.
“This allowed us to test impressions quickly with a very busy administration and Executive Committee,” according to CGD’s Ron Geyer, who led the exercise. “It generates excitement about the project and typically delivers very good and useful results.”
The design team will continue to develop the design for what will be called The Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts through the balance of 2009. It is expected to start construction in 2010.
Craig Gaulden Davis has completed a draft report for the exterior restoration and renovations to the historic Calhoun Building located on the state capitol grounds in Columbia, South Carolina. Constructed in 1927, the facility served as the original state building and currently houses the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
Working with our Architectural Conservator an examination of the entire exterior facade of the building was performed with the use of a man-lift. Report findings and recommendations are contained in this report that will continue to preserve the historical value of the building for the State of South Carolina.