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August 2010

City Funding Approved for AJ Whittenberg Playground

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The Greenville City Council gave preliminary approval for the contribution of $50,000 towards the funds required to complete the playground project. The AJ Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering was designed by Craig Gaulden Davis and is currently open for its first school year. The new playground was designed by the students and will be constructed through community volunteer efforts.

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Redeemer Presbyterian Starts Construction

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Redeemer Presbyterian Church broke ground earlier this summer for new construction that will add classroom and worship space to their campus in Moore, SC.

Craig Gaulden Davis helped the church evaluate the kinds of spaces that would be required to support their ministry and develop a master plan that could be implemented over a number of phases.

Using a construction procurement method appropriate for simple structures, Roebuck Builders of Spartanburg is providing design-build services to construct the 5,700 square foot Phase I addition envisioned in the CGD master plan. Construction will accommodate growth in worship attendance and improve hallway circulation among classrooms. CGD is acting as a consultant to church leaders.

Redeemer is an Associate Reformed Presbyterian congregation located west of Spartanburg. Bill Slattery is pastor.

Software Promises Better Coordination

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Twenty-five years after Craig Gaulden Davis first began using computer programs that made it easier to draw complex buildings, the firm is beginning the transition to programs that allow it to produce those same drawings directly from three-dimensional electronic models that can carry data about each of the components included in a wall or room. According to Scott Powell, CGD principal responsible for the firm’s use of technology, each step in this migration has allowed CGD to reduce production costs and improve coordination; the new programs are expected to do the same.

Craig Gaulden Davis has typically been an early adopter of new drawing technology. The firm began using computer-aided drafting in 1985 with Unix-based programs that incorporated multiple screens and complex numerical commands. The system’s high cost required the firm to share a pen printer with a neighboring engineering firm via a cable buried under the parking lot.

The newest software allows the designer to “build” a new building on the computer screen, including mechanical and structural systems generated by consultants, before turning it over to the contractor. In the best scenarios, the contractor joins the design team earlier and helps identify alternate construction methods that can save Owner’s money and improve building quality.

The programs are being used now on a handful of projects. Powell expects the software to be fully deployed in 2011.

CGD’s Geyer Assists with Playground in Moldova

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At the request of a young man he met while on a short term mission in Romania in 1999, CGD’s Ron Geyer enlisted a small team of designers to design a playground in southern Moldova.

The young man, Tony Boncev, served as an interpreter for a team from Geyer’s church to the region, a role he’s repeated dozens of times in the subsequent decade. In recent years, the two maintained contact via Facebook.

Boncev’s home is in the town of Cantemir. As part of its ministry to the town, Boncev’s church wanted to construct a playground in an under-utilized public park. Geyer asked some Greenville-area designers for help.

Clint Rigsby of Seamon Whitesides + Associates (Charleston and Greenville, SC) put together a site plan. Based on Rigsby’s drawing, Boncev was able to secure the approval of town leaders. This summer, the church installed Phase I, a play structure that’s already seen heavy use.

Moldova, a former Soviet state, is bordered by Romania and the Ukraine. It is one of the poorest nations in Europe.

Conyers Library Receives Award

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Craig Gaulden Davis, in association with Studio 3 Design of Augusta, Georgia and Potts Construction of Conyers, Georgia have been awarded an honor award in the Buildings – New Construction $10-$30 Million category for 2010 by the Construction Management Association of America for their renovation and addition to the Rockdale County (Georgia), Nancy Guinn Memorial Library.

Simmons to Serve on Design Awards Jury

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Scott Simmons, Partner at Craig Gaulden Davis, will join two other South Carolina Architects in reviewing and recognizing exemplary work of North Carolina Architects. The AIA North Carolina’s Tower Awards recognize “… well-designed projects by AIANC members that exemplify historic preservation and adaptive reuse in renovation, restoration or rehabilitation of a historic structure; new / infill construction within a historic context; or a new construction addition to a historic structure.”

Scott brings to the jury his experience of working on numerous historic buildings, many on national and state historic registers. He began his career in architecture serving as a summer intern for the Historic American Buildings Survey and has worked on projects listed on the National Register of Historic Places in SC, NC, and VA. These include:

Abbeville Opera House, Abbeville, SC
Paris Mountain State Park Historic District, Greenville County, SC
Tullyton, Greenville County, SC
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Highlands, NC
Emory& Henry College, Emory, VA

Most of CGD’s projects involve renovation or re-use of existing structures in some way. The Architects of CGD believe that taking care of buildings built by previous generations and re-using them today is an important way to preserve our history and values, while sustainably enriching our built environment.