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January 2011

Porter Library Expected to be First LEED Gold in Georgia

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The Newton County Library System dedicated the Porter Memorial Branch Library on January 10.  The 19,200 square foot library, located about 30 miles east of Atlanta, is seeking LEED Gold Certification.  The project is expected to be the first LEED Gold library in the state of Georgia.  “LEED” – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – is a green building certification system developed by the US Green Building Council.

The library’s  main sustainable features include a raised access floor system used for HVAC, a 20,000 gallon rainwater collection system used for flushing toilets and irrigation, and a daylighting control system that is maximized by the building’s orientation on a true East-West axis.

The branch is named in honor of James Hyde Porter and features adult and children’s books, audio books, DVD’s and music CDs, and public computing with Internet access.  Also included are a Teen Room, Quiet Room, study rooms, and meeting rooms.  The project was designed by Craig Gaulden Davis and constructed by Hogan Construction of Norcross, Georgia.

Kuhfuss on Carolinas Interior Design Board

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Andrea Kuhfuss, an interior designer at Craig Gaulden Davis, is serving a two year term as Upstate City Center Director on the Board of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Carolinas Chapter.
Composed of six City Centers throughout the region, the IIDA Carolinas Chapter strives to meet the educational and social needs of the community’s contract interior design professionals.  The Carolina’s Chapter is one of the most active regional chapters, hosting monthly programs, forums and annual events.

CGD’s Powell Helps Recognize Student Work

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Scott Powell, leader of K-12 Education design for Craig Gaulden Davis, was one of four jurors for a national design competition sponsored by American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).  Winners were selected from nearly 200 students entries from architectural schools across the country. Students were charged with designing an innovative elementary school that utilizes Kawneer curtainwall glass systems. The first place winner designed an urban school in Seattle.

Child at deskPowell also serves on the board of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and has won numerous AIA, CEFPI (Council of Educational Facility Planners International) and precast concrete design awards.   Award-winning projects include Mount Lebanon Elementary in Anderson, SC, Mt. Pleasant Academy in Charleston County and Carolina and Woodmont High Schools in Greenville, SC

CGD Adds to Aiken County School

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The Consolidated School District of Aiken County recently selected Craig Gaulden Davis for architectural/engineering services to design a new kitchen and cafeteria for Jackson Middle School. The project will also include a new lobby, toilets and concessions for the gymnasium.

Jackson Middle SchoolCGD has designed educational projects throughout the fifty-three years history of the firm, including award-winning schools such as Mount Lebanon Elementary in Anderson Four, Mt. Pleasant Academy in Charleston County and Carolina and Woodmont High Schools in Greenville.

Downtown Charleston School to be Made New

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Craig Gaulden Davis is part of a team that has been selected by the Charleston County School District to design Buist Academy in downtown Charleston. Buist Academy, originally built in 1928, was recently condemned because the structure would not meet current seismic requirements. The brick veneer of the original structure will be preserved while a three story building will be constructed that will house an International Baccaulaurete school for K5 through eighth grade.

CGD will work in association with Stubbs Muldrow Herin Architects in Mt. Pleasant. CGD/SMHa recently collaborated on the award-winning Mt. Pleasant Academy that opened in 2009.