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Buist Academy - Charleston, SC

When Buist Academy was condemned for seismic reasons, the Charleston County School District turned to a proven team to replace the K-8 school. The team of Craig Gaulden Davis and Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects was selected to save the original 1921 structure and build all the amenities of a middle school on a postage stamp sized downtown site while satisfying the city's Board of Architectural Review (BAR). The result is a light-filled, multi-story school that was bestowed a design award by the BAR. The interior reflects the charm of the original 1921 structure and recalls the character of Charleston's historic alleyways. A veteran teacher at the school admitted that she was upset by the decision to demolish large portions of the school, believing that the character of the original building could not be retained. But upon completion, she claimed that the new building was even better and she thoroughly enjoys coming to work each day. To learn more about the award-winning Buist Academy, visit CGD's website.

Ed Zeigler, FAIA
President & CEO


Zeigler Named a Fellow

At the national convention of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Chicago, CGD President Ed Zeigler was elevated to the College of Fellows, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an architect. The Fellowship program was developed by AIA to recognize architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.

Ed was one of 139 architects receiving this honor and was the only architect from South Carolina to be elevated in 2014. He served AIA South Carolina in multiple capacities, including President, and held several leadership positions in national AIA, including South Atlantic Regional Director. A highlight of his service was a two-year appointment as liaison to the American Institute of Architectural Students (AIAS). Ed's emphasis on increasing public awareness of the value of architecture, and mentoring aspiring architects, were applauded by the selection jury of his peers.

A highly talented and thoughtful designer, Ed has received awards for outstanding architectural and lighting design. Whether he is designing a structure, furniture or a garden, Ed's positive demeanor and enthusiasm for each unique project is embraced by his clients.

The Greenville community has benefitted from Ed's altruistic spirit. He has served and led numerous boards and is currently Chair of the City of Greenville Arts in Public Places Commission. Through passion and leadership, Ed has left his imprint on his community.

As a result of receiving this great honor, Ed can proudly display the FAIA salutation after his name. Congratulations Ed!


Which of Our K-12 Design Projects is Your Favorite?

With innovation that goes back more than 50 years, Craig Gaulden Davis remains committed to the values embedded in its DNA: community, creativity and integrity. We�ve learned a lot in those 50 years and value your opinion.

Click on this link and take a look at the beautiful K-12 design projects we've managed over the years. Then, tell us which one is your favorite.

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Firm News: CGD Wins Treehouse Design Competition

Craig Gaulden Davis teamed with Mavin Construction to enter "Out on a Limb", a design-build treehouse competition for the Roper Mountain Science Center. The "Anatomy of a Tree" design by Stuart Stenger features a random siding pattern reflective of how children might build a treehouse, a green roof irrigated by captured rainwater, a circular slide, observation platform, exposed structural elements and a fireman's pole. The treehouses were presented to the public on July 12 and the CGD/Mavin design won the People's Choice Award. Whether it is a performing arts center, a library or a treehouse, CGD is a proven design award winner.


A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering receives LEED Silver Certification

The A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering received Silver Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Schools rating system. As the first elementary engineering school in South Carolina, A.J. Whittenberg has many unique features including state-of-the-art STEM labs. The school is the second public school in the Upstate to receive a LEED for Schools certification and the first to receive a Silver rating.


On the Boards: Gaffney Performing Arts Center

Craig Gaulden Davis has been engaged to design two significant projects in Gaffney, South Carolina. CGD has been commissioned to design a new library on the beautiful campus at Limestone College as well as a Performing Arts Center for the City of Gaffney. The library will feature modern study rooms and current technology to enhance students’ learning experiences. The Performing Arts Center will provide seating for 260 spectators in a significant building that was originally a furniture store. Craig Gaulden Davis has a history of successful projects in Cherokee County including the Gaffney City Hall, the City’s Visitors Center and Art Gallery, the Cherokee County Library, the Post Office, the Buford Street United Methodist Church and the initial building for Spartanburg Community College's Cherokee campus.

Craig Gaulden Davis
19 Washington Park, Greenville, SC 29601
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