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November 2, 2017

American Planning Association Names Uptown Greenwood as one of 15 Great Places in America

Greenwood Uptown Market

Greenwood Uptown Market

Uptown Greenwood was recently named one of the 15 great places in America by the American Planning Association (APA). Davis & Floyd is honored to have been a part of this project.

Davis & Floyd worked with the City of Greenwood to provide engineering (civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical), landscape architecture, and construction management services for the 6,000-square-foot Greenwood Uptown Market. Completed in April 2016, the vibrant recreational facility encourages the community to come together to attend produce market days, concerts, parties, and festivals as well as play in the greenspace and 3,000-square-foot interactive water feature. This special project uniquely blends commerce with recreation and beauty with function.

In February 2017, Davis & Floyd received an Engineering Excellence Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina (ACEC-SC) for our work in the development of the Greenwood Uptown Market.

Additionally, Davis & Floyd worked with the City of Greenwood on the Uptown Greenwood streetscape. The work included designing and managing eight Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)/South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT)-funded streetscapes, corridor, and parking lot projects for the City of Greenwood. Davis & Floyd also demolished and replaced roadways, sidewalks, and crosswalks and upgraded underground utilities including gas, water, and sewer.

According to the APA, “Great Places in America program, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, recognizes streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the United States demonstrating exceptional character, quality, and planning — attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country.”

Congratulations to the City of Greenwood on this well-deserved accomplishment!

Watch the Uptown Greenwood highlight video here.

October 24, 2017

Engineer vs. Professional Engineer

You might be surprised to learn that not all engineers are licensed professionals. While many people graduate with engineering degrees, they cannot claim the title of “Professional Engineer” (PE) unless they have completed the multiple necessary steps to earn this designation as competent and well-trained engineers.

Engineers were not required to become licensed until the early 1900s. The Wyoming Legislature passed the first-ever law mandating that professional engineers become licensed. While the bill was met with opposition, it ultimately was passed and signed into law in 1907 with other states soon following suit.

According to the National Society of Professional Engineers, PE licensure is the engineering profession’s highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality. In South Carolina, PEs are licensed through the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, which is under the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Why does it matter if engineers are licensed? Engineers are responsible for most everything around us. There are not many people who would knowingly drive over a bridge, enter a commercial or public building, or drink from a public water supply designed by an unlicensed professional. These projects require the highest level of quality and competency in the practice of the profession as lives depend on it. Likewise, people would not want to purchase, sell, or dedicate rights to real property without the work having been performed by a licensed surveyor. In South Carolina, the statute states, “In order to safeguard life, health and property and to promote the public welfare, the practice of the profession of engineering and surveying in this state is subject to regulation.”

Once the certification is earned, it also must be maintained through continuous professional development throughout the PE’s career. It is certainly beneficial to the engineer to do so. Many private companies and federal, state, and municipal agencies require that higher-level engineering management positions be filled only by licensed PEs and, while regulations vary from states to state, many also require individuals be licensed in order to teach higher education affiliated with a particular practice.

When working with engineers, take the time to confirm they are licensed professionals. It could save your project time, money, and potentially lives.

September 18, 2017

Davis & Floyd Voted Favorite Engineering Firm in 2017 Charleston’s Choice Awards for Second Consecutive Year

For the second year in a row, Davis & Floyd, Inc. has been voted the favorite engineering firm in the Charleston area in The Post and Courier’s 2017 Charleston’s Choice Awards!

This year, The Post and Courier received more than 21,000 readers casting 215,000 votes!

We are so thankful to all of our friends, clients, partners, and employees who voted for us. It is an honor just to be named among the other firms listed in this category. We are extremely grateful for all the partnerships we have in this region and feel privileged to serve the Lowcountry as well as the state of South Carolina.

We look forward to the future and are excited to be a part of the great things happening in Charleston.

August 29, 2017

North Charleston Riverfront Park Honored with Beacon Award

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce recently awarded the City of North Charleston’s Riverfront Park with the Beacon Award for elevating the aesthetics and improving the quality of life for the region. Davis & Floyd is proud to have been a part of the team that worked with the City to bring Riverfront Park to life.

The firm served as the park’s design engineer and provided the due diligence and design necessary for deconstruction or protection of existing structures, pavements, and utilities in addition to the design of new elements such as retaining walls, boardwalks, and structural foundations. Davis & Floyd also added new water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater facilities.

North Charleston Riverfront Park

North Charleston Riverfront Park

Located along the Cooper River, Riverfront Park is a world-class park that emerged from the grounds of the Officer’s Club and Golf Course within the former Naval Base. This facility includes amenities that cater to the general public, providing an interpretive and meaningful access to the river that the citizens of North Charleston previously lacked. Complete with a one-of-a-kind amphitheater, interpretive vistas, and interactive fountain, the park draws patrons to community events throughout the year.

Davis & Floyd was also commissioned by the City of North Charleston to lead a team of professional engineers and architects for the survey, design, and construction documentation for the Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial. Located within Riverfront Park, this facility contains a pavilion structure, water features including a reflection pool with pedestrian bridges, sculptures, and landscaping that continue the unique sustainable fabric used in the construction of Riverfront Park.

Congratulations to the City of North Charleston and Riverfront Park on winning this great award!

Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial

Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial

August 28, 2017

North Charleston Intermodal Transportation Center Breaks Ground

On Thursday, Aug. 24, officials in North Charleston celebrated the groundbreaking of the North Charleston Intermodal Transportation Center. The Davis & Floyd team was thrilled to be there to witness this monumental event. Davis & Floyd has provided architectural and engineering services for the 15,500-square-foot, one-story passenger intermodal center that will be occupied by Amtrak, intercity bus service, and CARTA.

North Charleston Intermodal Transportation Center Groundbreaking

North Charleston Intermodal Transportation Center Groundbreaking

For this project, we’ve worked closely with local, federal, and private stakeholders to ensure needs were identified and conflicts resolved in a timely manner. Our team also engaged the surrounding Liberty Hill community to address concerns related to the project and incorporate the community’s rich history into the design.

Davis & Floyd led the civil design, which required realignment of existing roadways and addition of busways, loading areas, and parking lots to ensure safe access for large trucks and buses as well as taxis, passenger cars, bicycles, and pedestrians. Throughout this process, our design team worked closely with local businesses and city planning staff to ensure their needs and requirements were met.

The final design was completed in January 2017 and phased construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2018. The new facility will be a more welcoming site for visitors to the area and the Davis & Floyd team is proud to be a part of this effort!