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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.

January 18, 2017

Moving Mountains in Pickens County

Aerial photo of Pickens County Commerce Park

Aerial photo taken by Davis & Floyd’s drone of Pickens County Commerce Park

Alliance Pickens and Pickens County selected Davis & Floyd as their civil engineer for the Pickens County Commerce Park, a 310-acre Class A industrial park. As part of this project, Davis & Floyd has worked with two Commerce Park occupants – JR Automation Technologies (Project Dallas) and era-contact Gmbh (Project Big Apple).

Davis & Floyd’s involvement with JR Automation Technologies’ $3.4 million expansion project includes permitting, survey, due diligence, and site design for their 50,000-square-foot facility with the potential to add 100,000 additional square footage for future expansion. The Michigan-based company provides automated equipment and services for industries including automotive, aerospace, medical, pharmaceutical, food processing, construction, and more.

For German-based era-contact Gmbh, a global manufacturing leader of electrical railway couplings, Davis & Floyd has been providing civil engineering services for their $3.6 million, 38,000-square-foot North American manufacturing headquarters with potential to add an additional 100,000 square feet.

For both era-contact Gmbh and JR Automation, the Davis & Floyd team collaborated with teams from Agracel, THS Constructors, and McMillan Pazdan Smith for the design build lease back projects.

Additionally, Davis & Floyd has designed and permitted site plans for rough grading of four other sites at the Commerce Park. Once these site plans are completed, we will be able to quickly evaluate industry-specific requests to determine if their facility will fit on one of the graded parcels. The rough grading of these four parcels will allow Alliance Pickens to market to the world “project ready” sites. In today’s economic development world, having project ready sites puts a community in front of many others trying to win jobs and investment.

November 23, 2016

Turkey Talk

Rendering of the Round House

The Round House at the Palmetto Shooting Complex has a second floor “Crow’s Nest” observation area overlooking the shooting stations. The building’s design draws inspiration from George Patton’s former hunting lodge located at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Across the spectrum of our projects, there’s one that stands out this holiday season – and that’s our work for the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). The organization was established in 1973 as a national nonprofit conservation and hunting organization. When they were founded, there were about 1.5 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of nearly 7 million turkeys.

Located in Edgefield County, South Carolina, the NWTF have experienced substantial growth over the years, becoming the largest employer in the county. They organize fundraisers, operate marketing and retail divisions, and conduct conservation and hunting education programs. The site also houses a museum!

It was in 2000 that the organization’s board decided to significantly expand operations. Davis & Floyd was awarded the project, which included the design of a 3-story, 30,000-square-foot business office addition; 2-story, 7,200-square-foot museum expansion; two warehouse additions; and additional 200-space parking area.

Putting aside our neighborly pride for the organization (and our many enthusiastic hunters and conservationists on staff), we were very aware of the challenges of such an increase in operational space. Civil design issues included addressing an increased volume of stormwater due to the 54,000 square feet of additional impervious surfaces and layout of 200 new parking spaces.

Structurally, we reinforced the concrete masonry unit as well as wooden studs, floor trusses, and roof trusses. Our mechanical engineer was challenged with providing HVAC to three floors – each floor with perimeter private offices and large core interior space with cubicles – therefore, a complete HVAC system was designed for each floor utilizing heat loss analyses due to each floor’s unique location and relationship to the other floors. Additionally, the museum’s HVAC design required special attention to maintain very limited variations in temperature and humidity. Our electrical design provided additional primary power to all expansion areas by upgrading and rerouting service lines.

The additions and expansions were completed and approved for occupancy in the spring of 2004. The staff now enjoys a spacious, modern, and energy-efficient work environment while supporters benefit from their expanded reach.

In 2014, Davis & Floyd returned to work on four interconnected projects for the Palmetto Shooting Complex: Road design and drainage, including space for RV parking complexes for events; entrance gate; new 8,600-square-foot maintenance building for the complex, which stores target machines and shooting clays as well as has room and charging capabilities for transportation carts and tractors; new 9,400-square-foot “Round House” for events that includes a gathering lobby, lounge area, bar, commercial kitchen, conference room, retail area, restrooms, and second-story observational area.

This year, we designed the layout and cabinetry for a new display area in the NWTF Museum, which highlights the history of the organization’s founding.

Interested in conservation work with NWTF? Read more here. Looking for a recipe to grill or smoke your wild turkey this year? They’ve got tips right here.

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!