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Posted: July 2018

July 20, 2018

A Wonderful Evening in Habersham

Davis & Floyd had a wonderful evening with ULI SC and the Habersham Land Company last week for a panel discussion and walking tour of this one-of-a-kind coastal community.

Named one of the “Best Places to Live on the Coast,” by Coastal Living Magazine, the master-planned community offers a traditional neighborhood setting with classic Southern architectural charm. Davis & Floyd has been an integral part of Habersham’s evolution from the very beginning, providing implementation of the master-planning and engineering support for multiple phases of development.

The evening, hosted by the Habersham Land Company, included a panel moderated by Davis & Floyd President & CEO Stephen Davis, who has managed private development projects including Habersham, where he also served as the project engineer and spent years living in the area as well. The panel discussed the site’s characteristics, the area’s architecture, and early years of development in Habersham. Attendees also had the opportunity to learn about the site layout through a scenic walking tour of the neighborhood. The event welcomed folks from the nearby areas of Savannah, Charleston, Hilton Head, and Bluffton, giving more distant neighbors the opportunity to learn about ULI’s practices together, as well as chat and enjoy the lovely night.

“We had a great evening at Habersham. We were able to really take in the best aspects of the neighborhood: the beauty and inviting feeling of a coastal Southern neighborhood. It was great to meet the rest of the development team and learn more about what it took to turn this raw piece of land into an award-winning community,” said Katherine Hendricks, local government market sector leader at Davis & Floyd.

 

Davis & Floyd is very excited to be an active member in the development of the unique Habersham community, and we cannot wait to be a part of the new phase of expansion for Habersham at Cherokee Farms.

July 18, 2018

Davis & Floyd’s D. Mack Kelly, Jr., PE, PLS, CFM – Elite Kayaker

At Davis & Floyd, we take pride in designing sustainable projects such as parks, athletic fields, recreational areas, fishing piers, and canoe/kayak launches to help people enjoy South Carolina’s beautiful natural resources. Outside of work, we have fun using these facilities with our families and friends.

One of our senior project managers, D. Mack Kelly, Jr., PE, PLS, CFM (Mack), really loves kayaking year-round, especially in October and November. In fact, he is a member of Greenville Sea Kayakers’ elite 1,000-Mile Club – in 2015, he paddled 155 days totaling 1,015 miles on Lake Jocassee, Lake Keowee, and Lake Hartwell!

In 2012, Mack started kayak racing and typically attends 4-5 races per year. He states, “It is great exercise. I can burn about 1,000 calories when training for a 6-mile race.” Mack has participated in more than 25 races, placing in most of them and receiving 21 medals. He won the Southeastern Paddlesport Points Championship – Male Open Recreational Kayak Division, was the 2014 Male Open Division Paddlefest Champion (1st in all boat classes and ages), and was the 2015 Southeastern Paddlesports Points Champion – Male Sea Kayak. He won a race in the Beaufort/Port Royal Paddle Battle in which dolphins swam and jumped ahead of him!

According to Mack, his most dangerous race was the Ocean Course at Tybee Island, where he broke his kayak while crashing into ocean waves and had to be taken ashore by a rescue boat.

Because most races are far away, Mack usually has help preparing for them. His diligent “pit crew” consists of his wife, sons, and father, who often leave at 4 AM to arrive at a 10 AM race.

Mack admits his most embarrassing race was when he showed up late and misread the start time. His father was helping him bring the kayak to the dock when the start gun was shot. When Mack finally got in the water, nobody was in sight. He took off like a bullet and his kayak popped out the water as he rushed to catch up. He finished 3rd – only 2 minutes behind the 1st place boat. A great finish to a difficult start!

During his kayaking treks, Mack has seen deer and black bear swimming as well as all kinds of fish, birds, turtles, beaver, etc.

Over the years, he has helped approximately 75 people learn to kayak. He states that there are three things to remember:

• Use a life vest or be laid to rest.
• Hydrate or diedrate.
• Use clothing for sunscreen, not lotions, as much as you can. Sun protection is a must. Lotion on anything more than your face or head makes everything very slippery. Wear paddle gloves to prevent blisters and sunburn.

Mack uses Davis & Floyd’s kayak launch at Keowee-Toxaway State Park to access one of his favorite places to paddle in the Eastatoee River backwaters. He describes, “It is almost like being immersed in a scene from ‘The Last of the Mohicans’.”

July 16, 2018

City of Sumter’s New Water Treatment Plant No. 6 Ribbon Cutting

Congratulations to the City of Sumter on their new Water Treatment Plant No. 6 Ribbon Cutting!

Davis & Floyd provided the Preliminary Engineering Report, design, permitting, bidding services, construction administration, full-time onsite representative, startup assistance, and operations and maintenance manual for the new water treatment plant with an initial production capacity of 4.0 MGD, expandable to 6.0 MGD. The new plant incorporates aeration treatment, detention, chemical treatment including pre- and post-chlorine disinfection, fluoridation and pH adjustment, rapid flow gravity media filtration with a new 1.5-MG finished water clearwell, backwash holding and sludge thickening, recycling of decanted backwash, and high service pumping. Three new deep wells provide the raw water supply.

Davis & Floyd coordinated with Harper Corporation, the general contractor, on this design-bid-build project.

The City of Sumter now has the ability to provide water service to industrial customers and sites in the US 521 corridor, southeast of the City, as well as meet current and future water demands.

City of Sumter's New Water Treatment Plant No. 6 Ribbon Cutting

City of Sumter’s New Water Treatment Plant No. 6 Ribbon Cutting