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June 19, 2017

Flood Risks Remain for SC Communities

Running from June 1 through November 30, the Atlantic hurricane season has begun. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters predict an above-normal 2017 hurricane season with the predictions showing a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes and 2 to 4 are predicted to be Category 3 or above.

As we contend with the 2017 season and reflect on the devastating flooding events many in our state experienced in 2015 and again in 2016 because of Hurricane Matthew, it’s hard not to stress over the possibility of encountering such an event this year. Davis & Floyd has witnessed the challenges faced by those experiencing flood damages and those providing public services spanning from emergency responses through recovery and into mitigation, where possible, in advance of our next event.

As an engineering firm that provides stormwater management and flood hazard mitigation, Davis & Floyd recognizes the need to bring awareness to the risks associated with flooding. While we would like to find a simple solution to removing such risks, there are practical limitations in what truly can be accomplished in protecting our property against the forces of nature. Whether it’s increasing rainfall rates and depths or sea level rise along our coast and tidal systems, there’s little doubt that our challenge in becoming a better prepared and more resilient community will be ever increasing.

We recommend that everyone seek a basic understanding of flood risks to life and property. Be “Flood Smart” and review your insurance policies since flood coverage is not part of most and there is a 30-day waiting period for coverage to take effect. Visit the National Flood Insurance Program at www.FloodSmart.gov for more information on flood insurance coverage.

Finally, heed the guidelines and directives provided by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) http://scemd.org/ and local agencies when a storm threatens your area.

Additional resources to assist in your hurricane season preparations and understanding of flood hazards may be found by visiting:

2017 South Carolina Hurricane Guide
SCDOT Evacuation Routes
National Hurricane Center
FEMA Flood Map Service Center
South Carolina Flood Mitigation Program

Tide overtopping Broad Street at Lockwood Drive in Charleston, SC (Photo - Jared Bramblett)

Tide overtopping Broad St. at Lockwood Dr. in Charleston (Photo – Jared Bramblett)

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!

April 3, 2017

South Carolina Business Hall of Fame Induction

On Thursday, March 16, the Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina (JAGSC) inducted three outstanding business leaders into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame: Emmett I. Davis, Jr., co-founder and chairman of Davis & Floyd, Inc., of Greenwood; Patrick W. McKinney, former partner of Kiawah Partners, of Charleston; and the late James M. Smith, Sr., founder of JM Smith Corporation, of Spartanburg.

Photo of Laureates and JAGSC Chair Charlotte Berry

Nearly 400 people from across the state gathered in Columbia to celebrate their induction into the prestigious 33-year-old SC Business Hall of Fame that includes more than 100 community leaders from across the state. The Hall of Fame recognizes each honoree, called Laureates, for their unique contribution to the state’s business landscape, for being an agent of positive change, for their leadership, and for being a source of inspiration to the leaders of tomorrow.

During the event, the JAGSC presented a wonderful video about Mr. Davis featuring interviews with long-time friends and associates, including former Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.; Tim Cherry, partner of Cherry Bekaert, LLP; and Karen Floyd, CEO of The Palladian Group.

Photo of Davis family

Mr. Davis was joined at the event by his family and several members of the Davis & Floyd team. Please join us in congratulating him on this wonderful honor.

March 2, 2017

Service Awards Event

Davis & Floyd employees gathered in front of the jumbotron at Spirit Communications Park in Columbia, one of the firm’s recent projects, during the company-wide Service Awards event.

At Davis & Floyd, our 63 years of success can be boiled down to one thing – our team of people.

Our team members are talented, hardworking, and creative. They are passionate about the work we do at Davis & Floyd and are dedicated to helping our clients build innovative and sustainable projects to improve the communities where we live and work. Above all, they share the belief that character, integrity, and stewardship are the core philosophy of Davis & Floyd and demonstrate these values in their professional and personal lives.

On January 26, we gathered our employees from five offices across the state at one of our most recent projects, Spirit Communications Park in Columbia. In a way, it was a Davis & Floyd family reunion. An afternoon of fellowship with each other and celebration of our team for their dedication and service to the firm. We recognized length-of-service milestones for 106 employees – 38 of whom have worked with Davis & Floyd for 20 years or more.

Stephen Davis, our president and chief executive officer, reflected on this event saying, “The longevity of our team confirms that we are a family at Davis & Floyd, and, in turn, our clients are an extension of our family. Our continued success over the last 63 years is a direct result of our employees, and I am honored to work among them.”

Davis & Floyd recognized 29 employees for five years of service to the firm.