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"The Gardens" Apartments Wins EarthCraft 2016 High Performance Award . Atlanta, GA

October 2016

"The Gardens" Apartments, located in Young Harris, Georgia, won EarthCraft's 2016 High Performance Award for Multi-Family housing. Studio 8 Design provided architectural services for this new affordable housing project. The EarthCraft Celebration of Excellence took place on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Southface Eco Office. The awards exist to honor the builders, contractors and developers who are committed to building a more sustainable, high performance, built environment. More than 70 green building professionals attended this year’s event to celebrate the best that EarthCraft has to offer. The EarthCraft program, developed in 1999, is a partnership between the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA) and Southface. The program is the Southeast’s standard for green building, and promotes energy, water and resource efficient homes and buildings.


This year marks the resurgence of the awards program, last held in 2014, and a fresh take on what makes an EarthCraft project great. The awards were presented by Robert Reed, Director of Residential Sustainability Services at Southface. “The return of the EarthCraft Awards recognizes the surge in the industry to pre-recession levels,” Reed said. “We felt it was important to commend the strong example that these projects and this brand represent in the world of high performance buildings.”


The awards program provides GAHBA and Southface a chance to recognize projects that exceed standard program requirements and shines a light on program partners who continue to make strides in advancing innovation in the green building industry. The 2016 Awards were given in three overall categories: Achievement Awards, High Performance Awards and Design Awards.

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Laura Yale of Studio 8 Design Is Appointed to Valdosta Historic Preservation Commission

October 2016

Laura Yale of Studio 8 Design was recently appointed to the Valdosta Historic Preservation Commission. Laura is actively engaged in renovation projects in downtown Valdosta. The purpose of the Valdosta Historic Preservation Commission is to protect, preserve, and promote the City’s historic resources.  The Historic Preservation Commission is empowered to regulate the demolition, relocation, or any material change to the exterior of historic resources and non-historic resources located in the Valdosta Local Historic District.  The Commission also recommends properties for historic designation.

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Grand Opening And Ribbon Cutting At New Jenkins County Jail . Millen, GA

September 2016 (photo from Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce/article courtesy of "The Millen News")

The Jenkins County Sheriff’s Office has a new home. The office is now operating out of the new county jail facility. A ribbon cutting ceremony, sponsored by the Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce, and an Open House was held Thursday, September 22nd, at the new facility. Special guests in attendance included State Rep. Butch Parrish, State Senator Jesse Stone, Nancy Bobbitt of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s office, and Brinsley Thigpen of Congressman Rick Allen’s office, along with local city and county officials.


The program began with County Administrator Grady Saxon welcoming those present and introducing Matt Gilpin who gave the invocation. In his remarks, Commissioner James Henry, said the occasion brought forth mixed emotions for him. “I am experiencing both sadness and gladness. I’m glad that we have such a new and modern facility of which we can be proud. But I am sad that we need such a facility. Hopefully, it will be a place of renewal of life…and a change of direction of life,” he said.


Mr. Henry expressed appreciation to several involved in the project: Jim Ingram, Studio 8 Design, architect; Jeff Pope, Pope Construction, which built the jail; and county and city officials. He noted that the project was a joint effort of the entire community. Mr. Pope also spoke briefly and expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to work on the project. In his remarks, Sheriff Robert Oglesby continued the out-pouring of appreciation, thanking all involved with the project, especially County Administrator Grady Saxon. He also said that he was looking forward to using the facility for many years to come.

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Window Restoration, Historic Wheatley Building, Ga Southwestern State University . Americus, GA

August 2016

Studio 8 provided design and construction administration for restoration of the historic windows of the Assembly Hall in the Wheatley Building on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University. Studio 8 worked with Wood Window Makeover of Tampa, Florida to restore these beautiful windows.


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Ground Breaking Held For Bear Creek Village Apartments . Adel, GA

August 2016

There was a great turnout for the groundbreaking at Bear Creek Village in Adel, Georgia. Chamber of Commerce President, Jerry Connell, and Mayor Buddy Duke both spoke about this great addition to the Adel community. The 56-unit apartment complex will have a community center, playground, picnic pavilion, and equipped computer center.

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Malinda Taylor Is Appointed To South Georgia Regional Library Board . Valdosta, GA

June 2016

Malinda Taylor, Marketing Director for Studio 8 Design, was recently appointed to serve as a Trustee on the South Georgia Regional Library Board. The South Georgia Regional Library System was founded in 1875 by the Library Association, a group of citizens dedicated to literacy. The Valdosta-Lowndes County Library, the main library in the system, opened in 1968 and was expanded in 1995. The Library's mission is to ensure equal access to a wealth of information and to enrich the lives of the members of our diverse community.

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Bruce Smith Attends AIA National Convention . Philadelphia, PA

May 2016

As President of the Southwest Georgia Chapter, Bruce Smith attended the AIA National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. The 2016 convention featured a wide variety of tours, speakers and opportunities for learning and networking.

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Studio 8 Design's Hall County Correctional Institution Project Featured In "Correctional News"

May 2016

Studio 8 Design's Hall County Correctional Institution project was featured in the May/June 2016 issue of "Correctional News." Warden Walt Davis stated, "It has a central control unit for staff to be able to observe inmate movements throughout the facility and to have proximity for both direct and indirect supervision with officers. The entire way the facility is designed lends itself to better security." Acting as its own contractor, the County built the $7 million facility for $3.6 million by using the Ga Department of Corrections inmate labor program.

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Melissa Glass Joins Studio 8 Design

March 2016

Studio 8 welcomes Melissa Glass to the firm. Melissa brings her expertise in accounting and management. She has worked in the A/E/C industry for several years.

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Hall County Correctional Institution Ribbon Cutting . Gainesville, GA

February 2016

The ribbon cutting for the new Hall County CI was held February 16th and was well attended by State and Local officials. Designed by Jim Ingram of Studio 8, the facility houses 200 minimum security inmates. The facility includes a special transitional housing unit for the new Re-Entry Accountability Court Transition (REACT) program.  Built with SPLOST funds, the 27,000 SF facility has a complete jail management system, full electronic locking control and full climate control systems providing enhanced security and efficiencies.

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