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August 23, 2017

Tunnel Boring Machine Launches in Charleston

Davis & Floyd is a proud member of the Spring / Fishburne US17 Drainage Improvements Project team for the City of Charleston. Together, we are celebrating the launch of a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) that recently entered a 150-foot-deep shaft. Currently, the TBM is underground and headed generally along Septima Clark Parkway to Coming Street. At 12 feet in diameter, this is the largest tunnel to date in the Charleston region and will eventually convey stormwater runoff from flood-prone areas within the drainage basin to a pump station and outfall at the Ashley River (construction starting in 2018). Once all phases of the project are completed, this work will provide reliable drainage service independent of tides with provisions to accommodate and facilitate further mitigation efforts for addressing sea level rise. Resilient development relies on resilient infrastructure to support it and while the Spring / Fishburne and other similar projects will not prevent flooding within the Charleston peninsula, the impacts and damages resulting from the dry and wet weather flooding that are increasing in frequency today will be better avoided tomorrow.

Tunnel Boring Machine with project representatives from the City of Charleston, Black & Veatch, and Davis & Floyd

Tunnel Boring Machine with project representatives from the City of Charleston, Black & Veatch, and Davis & Floyd

30-foot-diameter, 150-foot-deep access shaft

30-foot-diameter, 150-foot-deep access shaft

Additional project information can be found at http://www.charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?NID=1172.

July 26, 2017

Happy Birthday to Us!

On June 21, 2017, Davis & Floyd celebrated our 63rd anniversary.

Sixty-three years ago, two young engineers from small town Greenwood, SC, Emmett I. Davis, Jr. and Phil Floyd, staked their all on a dream with no guarantee of success. Through their hard work, vision, and passion, Davis & Floyd has grown to more than 200 employees in five offices throughout South Carolina.

Davis & Floyd vehicle

Our firm’s success is no secret. It’s about the people who’ve been a part of the journey. Our people are what makes Davis & Floyd not just a company, but a family.

We have a strong history that we can be proud of. To take a glimpse into the past, take a look at our firm’s timeline.

This year, as a token of appreciation, each employee received a book, “A History of Davis & Floyd”. This book was a labor of love, which our founder, Mr. Davis, cared deeply about and worked tirelessly over the last several years to memorialize the company’s history. We were honored to distribute the books to our team in his memory.

As we celebrate our 63rd year, we look forward to continuing our work to make South Carolina even better. Thank you to our clients – past and present, friends, colleagues, and employees. You’ve played an important part in making Davis & Floyd what it is today and we couldn’t have done it without you. Here’s to the next 63!

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.