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June 2010

Hands-On School Starts on the Playground

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AJ Whittenburg Elementary School of Engineering started teaching before construction was complete. Several children enrolled to start at the new school in August participated in the design of the school’s playground. The students and their families along with others will help to construct the design this summer.

AJ Whittenburg was designed by Craig Gaulden Davis for the Greenville County School District to be a “choice school” differing from a magnet school in that no entrance testing is required. The curriculum will focus on engineering disciplines and will use a hands-on problem-solving approach to education. The playground design and construction is a perfect example of this philosophy.

Initial enrollment will be approximately 300 students in kindergarten through second grade, with an expected double in enrollment by the 2013-2014 school year when the school expands to accommodate K-4 through fifth grade.

Amphitheatre Naming Rights Contracted

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Heritage Park Amphitheater naming rights were contracted and the new “Charter Amphitheater at Heritage Park” has been named.

The three year contract between The City of Simpsonville, the Greenville Arena District and Charter Communications Inc. is currently in place. A concert by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra at the Independence Day at Heritage Park event, presented by South Carolina Bank and Trust on July 3, will be the first held with the new amphitheater name.

Craig Gaulden Davis’ design of the amphitheater was the second phase of the facility to be completed for The City of Simpsonville by the firm. The 3,500 fixed seat and 11,700 lawn seating venue was added to the 90 acre park in 2008.

For more on the naming rights of the amphitheater, visit GSA Business.

R T Jones Memorial Library Awarded

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Bids were recently received for the renovation and addition to the RT Jones Memorial Library of the Sequoyah Regional Library System, located in Canton, Georgia. Hogan Construction was awarded the contract for the work as designed by Craig Gaulden Davis in association with Professional Design Group of Marietta, Georgia. Construction is scheduled to begin in June, with an expected reopening of the library in October.

Hogan Construction is currently under contract with Newton County, Georgia for the Porter Memorial Branch Library in Covington, Georgia with CGD.

CGD Designed Lake House Embraces Nature

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Craig Gaulden Davis staff celebrated and toured a recently completed custom home on Lake Keowee in Six Mile, South Carolina. This new home incorporates an indoor screened porch through the use of a Nano-Wall system and retractable screens concealed in the heavy timber framework of the porch. With a 180 degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the water below, the residence maintains a cottage feel with a human scale.

CGD Awarded Athens Library Design

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Craig Gaulden Davis has been authorized to proceed with phase two of the Headquarters Library for the Athens Regional Library System in Georgia. CGD completed phase one in 2007. The existing 60,000 square foot building will be renovated and a 20,000 square foot addition will be designed to increase efficiency in all public areas, accommodate over 150 public computers and add a new 300 seat meeting room. The building will seek LEED certification.

CGD Participates in Design Institute

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Members of the Craig Gaulden Davis Library and Civic Studios participated in Library Journal’s Design Institute Design Institute held in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, April 30. The Design Institute is a one-day think tank on library buildings and design which provides educational seminars and design solutions to local library design problems.

As part of the Institute, CGD worked with Kennesaw State University’s Horace W Sturgis Library on a case study. The study demonstrated how existing library space can be reconfigured to increase efficiency and better accommodate current seating and technology requirements in Academic Libraries. A sketch from the design solution is pictured above.

For more on the event, an article was published on the Journal’s website.