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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.

November 11, 2016

Honoring Our Veterans

South Carolina Army National Guard clearing sand from Edisto Island's Palmetto Boulevard following Hurricane Matthew

South Carolina Army National Guard clearing sand from Edisto Island’s Palmetto Boulevard following Hurricane Matthew

At Davis & Floyd, we see our work as a civic service and honor those who give the utmost in service to our country – our veterans. As we spend today thanking our veterans for their service, 28 of which are Davis & Floyd employees, we wanted to share the story of one of them who exemplifies community and professional service.

When Hurricane Matthew rolled through South Carolina, we were on alert for infrastructure damage and flooding that would warrant a Davis & Floyd response. At the same time, certain South Carolinians were watching in a more official capacity once Governor Nikki Haley gave her State of Emergency declaration. One such respondent was US Army National Guard Capt. Chris Huber, PE and 1221st engineer clearance company commander.

Chris is based in our Columbia office and trains yearly for situations like this as part of the South Carolina Army National Guard.

“We have pre-set areas with a set mission tasking that we are to support in the event that they need help, however if another area is in need we can move to support other missions. As soon as a State of Emergency is declared we begin officially alerting the unit to possible activation, however during Hurricane season we pretty much just stay on alert,” Chris explains.

His unit was sent to Edisto Beach and assigned lead command, allowing him to request equipment to assist his team’s mission to clear roadways. The company’s wartime mission is to conduct route reconnaissance, minesweeping, minefield-clearing operations, and more. After the storm, the team used similar skills to clear the way using dump trucks, skid steers, and chain saws to make room for larger equipment to come in and continue recovery efforts.

Before Hurricane Matthew, Chris’s company was integral in October 2015’s flood response. They helped restore the City of Columbia’s drinking water supply.

“Being a company commander is like being a project manager on a bigger scale, you are responsible for everything that happens and fails to happen in your unit,” said Chris. “I also believe that being an engineer requires a great deal of attention to detail and that’s one thing the military is very big on.”

For Chris, Veterans Day is a day for reflection on experiences (good and bad) and friends made along the way.

“It is also a day to remember those who are no longer with us to celebrate how far our country has come and reminder that we are still at war and the fight continues every day. “

To Chris and our other veterans, we thank you for your service. We’re so grateful to have you working on behalf of not only Davis & Floyd, but South Carolina and the United States of America.