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Posted: May 2017

May 19, 2017

Davis & Floyd Mourns the loss of Founder Emmett I. Davis, Jr.

Emmett I. Davis, Jr.

Emmett I. Davis, Jr.

Davis & Floyd, Inc. is deeply saddened to announce the loss of its founder, Emmett Irwin Davis, Jr., on Wednesday night. He was 87 years old.

“The loss of my father is devastating for both our family and the Davis & Floyd family that meant so much to him over the last 63 years,” said Stephen L. Davis. “My father was an extraordinary man of honor and faith, and he dedicated his life to serving his community and working hard every day to make South Carolina a better place. His absence will be felt by many, but I am proud that his legacy will continue to live on.”

Davis was born in Greenwood, SC, on May 24, 1929. He attended Greenwood High School and graduated from The Citadel in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. After graduating, Davis returned to Greenwood and began working as a civil/structural engineer at Greenwood Mills while also serving with the Corps of Engineers, US Army Reserve for 12 years.

In 1954, he and co-worker Phil Floyd decided to start their own company. Davis & Floyd began operations from the back of a liquor store in Greenwood for 2 years before opening an office in Atlanta. The men returned to South Carolina in the 1960s, opening offices in Greenwood and Charleston.

Over the last 63 years, Davis & Floyd has grown from a two-man start up to becoming the largest, privately-owned engineering firm located in the state with 175 employees and five offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, and Greenwood.

He stayed active in his community through organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Council of Engineering Companies, which awarded him the “Service to the Profession” award in 2008. He was awarded The Order of the Palmetto by SC Governor Mark Sanford, Presidential Medallion from Piedmont Technical College, and Palmetto Medal by The Citadel Board of Visitors. In March 2017, the Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina inducted him into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame.

His former leadership roles included director of United Telephone Company; chairman of Self Regional Healthcare Hospital; director of Self Family Foundation; member of Clemson University Engineering Advisory Board; director/president of The Citadel Development Foundation; and board member/chairman of Erskine College. He received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering from The Citadel and Honorary Doctor of Science from Erskine College.

He was an Elder in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Greenwood. Davis was married to Mona Ruth Looper (deceased) and is survived by three children: Emmett I. Davis, III, Rebecca Ruth Davis Flack, and Stephen Looper Davis as well as five grandchildren.

About Davis & Floyd
Davis & Floyd, a multi-discipline professional engineering firm, works collaboratively with its clients to design and build innovative projects that improve the lives of the communities and residents it serves. With over 60 years of continuous operation and service to its clients, the privately-owned business has more than 175 employees located in five offices across South Carolina including Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Greenwood, and Florence. The firm focuses on the market sectors of transportation, water resources, industrial, federal government, local government, and private development. For more information about Davis &Floyd’s services and team, visit davisfloyd.com.

May 17, 2017

Davis & Floyd Joins “Rising Above Our Flooding Streets” Charleston Event

Flooded streetsIt’s no secret that each time it rains in Charleston, the streets quickly flood and locals are forced to wade through water to get to work, school, or simply around town. But what type of long-term effect does this flooding have on the area? At Davis & Floyd, that’s something we’re committed to studying so that we can create solutions to protect the area and mitigate the problem.

On May 20th, Davis & Floyd will take part in the “Rising Above Our Flooding Streets” event on King Street in Charleston. The event is being put on by Enough Pie, a nonprofit devoted to empowering Charleston’s Upper Peninsula. Artists, community leaders, and concerned citizens alike will unite to discuss the rising tides of Charleston and how we can work together to better protect this beloved city.

Davis & Floyd team members will be on hand to discuss various past and present storm drainage projects and efforts, so stop by!

Additionally, Davis & Floyd engineer Jared Bramblett has been displaying his photography series titled “Variable Boundaries”.

“‘Variable Boundaries’ is a series exploring Charleston’s complex relationship with the seas and rising waters,” says Jared. “Since its settlement, Charleston’s population has been manipulating the Lowcountry landscape through our interactions with the environment. The city was built just above sea level and it seems that the boundaries between the water and the land have never been more fragile.”

Jared began photography as a hobby several years ago. His work at Davis & Floyd has included storm drainage improvement projects in downtown Charleston. He decided to marry the two and began taking photos as part of his work.

Flooded streetsThe Davis & Floyd team is excited to take part in this important event. For more information, visit www.enoughpie.org.

To learn more about Jared’s work, check out the article in Charleston City Paper highlighting his photography series: Photographer Jared Bramblett puts Charleston’s rising tide problem into stark relief

 

 

 

May 15, 2017

Aren’t We All Tired of Golf?

With the beautiful spring weather, we decided it was time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. At Davis & Floyd, we believe it’s important to stay connected with our employees, partners, and clients – past and present. We wanted to create an event where we could all get together outside of the office and have some fun. However, aren’t we all tired of golfing? It seems golf tournaments are popular this time of year and, while we love them, too, we decided to break tradition and host a sporting clays event.

Shooting clays during the competition

Shooting clays during the competition

On Tuesday, April 25, a group joined together at the Palmetto Shooting Complex in Edgefield for fellowship and fun. The winning teams received certificates for their accomplishments. Congratulations!

Sporting Clays Event 1st Place Team

1st Place Team

Thanks to everyone who came out and joined us. We had so much fun that we’ve decided to make this an annual event. Stay tuned, we’ll announce the date for the next sporting clays event in our newsletter!

May 9, 2017

Mark Warner Named Vice Chair of South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association Board of Directors

Mark Warner, SCCED, Vice President, Business Development & Marketing

Mark Warner, VP, Business Development & Marketing

Davis & Floyd is pleased to announce that Mark Warner, SCCED, vice president of business development & marketing, has been elected vice chair of the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association (SCEDA) board of directors for the 2017-2018 term. The board was selected during the organization’s annual conference in Hilton Head, SC.

Warner has served on the SCEDA board as secretary (2015-2016) and treasurer (2016-2017). He was previously co-chair of the SCEDA Legislative Committee and continues to serve as a committee member. Warner has been a member of SCEDA since 2007.

Warner joined Davis & Floyd in 2013 following a 6-year career with the Greenwood Partnership Alliance. During his tenure, he served as director of workforce development and existing industry, and ultimately as chief executive officer. Warner has more than 25 years of experience in organization management within the manufacturing and economic development sectors.

About SCEDA
Since 1965, the SC Economic Developers’ Association has served as the Voice of Economic Development in the Palmetto State. A professional trade association of more than 600 members with representation from all 46 counties, SCEDA includes local and regional economic developers as well as officials from municipal, county, and state government agencies, construction and engineering firms, utility companies, attorneys, consultants, financial institutions, and higher education.

About Davis & Floyd
Davis & Floyd, a multi-discipline professional engineering firm, works collaboratively with its clients to design and build innovative projects that improve the lives of the communities and residents it serves. With over 60 years of continuous operation and service to its clients, the privately-owned business has more than 175 employees located in five offices across South Carolina including Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Greenwood, and Florence. The firm focuses on the market sectors of transportation, water resources, industrial, federal government, local government, and private development. For more information about Davis & Floyd’s services and team, visit davisfloyd.com.