Craig Gaulden Davis architects designed one of the first green buildings in Greenville, South Carolina back in 1974. It was well before "green" and sustainable architecture became the fashionable way to design and build. Shown in the picture are the living roof on the natural day-lit building which is built to be earth-sheltered for more moderate temperature changes.
The CGD firm, established in 1957, still continues its work in exploring the best ways to use private and shared resources. Some of the efforts for which it has been recognized are:
- In November 2013 the Clemson University Inaugural Architecture Alumni Achievement Award in memory of Kirk Robins Craig, FAIA, ’51, described as a “Visionary, gentlemanly co-founding principal of a regional firm, known for innovation and community engagement, who changed the face of Greenville.”
- On February 21, 2013 at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce's 124th Annual Meeting, the Chamber awarded the CGD designed Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center with the Max Heller Neighborhood Improvement Award.
- In the July 2009 issue of Building Design and Construction it was noted as having the highest percentage of LEED Accredited Professionals in all but one of the 200 largest firms in the United States.
- In 2007 the United States Green Building Council South Carolina Chapter gave it the Leadership Award.
- In 2003 Upstate Forever, promoters of "sensible growth and responsible land use", named CGD Innovator of the Year with Furman University for work on Herman N. Hipp Hall on the Furman campus. Hipp Hall is the first South Carolina building to be certified under the U. S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
CGD has incorporated green school initiatives in new construction for local school districts, used continuing education lectures and workshops to introduce library owners to sustainability concepts, and included unique opportunities for performing arts centers and local churches. The firm has worked on 22 college and university campuses designing over two-million-square-feet of library space.
In November 2013 CGD reported that they are currently designing a Falls Park extension in Greenville's West End to replace an existing bridge connecting West End parking lot to Furman College Way, and an overgrown ravine area. Included will be sunflower-themed Pedrick’s Garden with a fountain in memory of Pedrick Lowery who fought to preserve Falls Park and died in 2010 after fighting cancer for seven years. Another part of the design are the Carolina Foothills Garden and Spring Falls areas centering on Vardry Creek and Little Falls to be completed in late spring 2014. Read more and see pictures at The Greenville News and Upstate Business Journal .
To discuss green building ideas with experts at Craig Gaulden Davis, telephone 864.242.0761. Their address is 19 Washington Park, Greenville, South Carolina 29601. Read more about them on their Facebook site.