Northside Baptist Church Holds Groundbreaking for Expansion Project . Valdosta, GA
A ground breaking ceremony was held for this expansion project at Northside Baptist Church in Valdosta, GA. The additional space will create a 1,200-seat sanctuary, a glass walk-around atrium with two-sided access to the sanctuary, a 92-seat choir and orchestra area, as well as new pews, sound system, lighting, and interior design elements. Chase Gregory of Studio 8 Design prepared the architectural design of the project and our Interior Design Studio provided selection of finishes and furnishings.
Groundbreaking Held for New Bulloch County Agricultural Center . Statesboro, GA
June 2017 (excerpt from the Statesboro Herald)
Over 250 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bulloch County Agricultural Center in Statesboro, Georgia. Located at 44 Arena Boulevard, the project is the culmination of years of work on behalf of county officials. Bulloch County Board of Commissioners Chairman, Roy Thompson, addressed the crowd and provided background information about the long journey to this day. Mr. Thompson stated, "We could not get the price we were looking for. We finally found an architect who would listen to us. That architect is Jim Ingram. He drew a plan that was perfect for us." The multi-use facility will have a covered performance arena with bleacher seating for 3,000, a covered practice arena, 218 stalls, grooming and bathing bays and RV hookups with additional space for self-supporting camps. These will all be connected by covered walkways. The new facility is expected to draw large crowds for equine events and is expected to be completed in December 2017.
Georgia Christian School Holds Groundbreaking for the New Middle School . Dasher, GA
May 2017 (excerpt from Valdosta Daily Times)
Georgia Christian School recently held a ground-breaking ceremony for the Joe Virgil Dasher Middle School Building. On hand to celebrate the occasion were GCS board members and administration, members of the Dasher City Council, current students and alumni stretching back to the 1950s, according to a school press release. The new building will be twice the size of the current middle school building and will be placed where the girls dorm once stood. GCS Board Chairman Jon Sykes gave credit to past board members for their campaign to drive the school to debt-free status more than 20 years ago and current board members for maintaining the commitment. He also mentioned the current master plan put in place in 2010 that created a road map of renovation of current facilities and the addition of new buildings in the future. Sykes thanked the GCS family for their continued support of the mission of Christian education.
Brad Lawson, GCS president, praised the board for its leadership in not only planning but stepping up to the plate as lead donors for the project. He mentioned the irony of the placement of the building at the site of the girls dorm. Students had made the blocks on campus to build the dorms back in the 1940s.
“I am happy to say that even though no blocks are being made on campus anymore, this building is happening because of alumni and even current students giving of their means,” Lawson said. A donor heard about the middle school project and challenged Lawson with a $500,000 dollar-for-dollar matching donation. “In just over six months, we went from exactly $0 to over $1 million," Lawson said. "The Lord has blessed our hard work. The Joe Virgil Dasher Middle School Building is paid for on day one of construction.”
The 9,600-square-foot building was designed by architect Bruce Smith of Studio 8.
Gateway Behavioral Health Expansion Ribbon Cutting . Brunswick, GA
The ribbon cutting of Gateway Behavioral Health’s expanded facility was held recently in Brunswick. The event was attended by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald, and other state and local officials including members of the County Commission and local Development Authority.
Dr. Mark Johnson, CEO of Gateway, welcomed everyone and spoke regarding the staff and local community’s dedication to the project and the cooperative efforts between the State and community for the funding and support of the project. He added that the project will provide increased service and treatment for the behavioral health needs of the community.
Gateway’s CFO, David Crews, who coordinated and managed the project, spoke about the design and construction efforts. He thanked the staff of Gateway for their vision, Jim Sizemore, Project Manager, of Studio 8 Design for his leadership in the project and work with the staff, and CCH Construction of Thomasville, Georgia for an excellent job. Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald reiterated that the community’s support had been significant and an important factor in seeing the project come to fruition. She congratulated the local team for their dedication and work.
Studio 8 Design worked collaboratively with Gateway’s leadership team to design a facility that will support the needs of the community and the staff in offering a healing environment for clients.
Studio 8 Welcomes Leon Taylor
Studio 8 welcomes Leon Taylor to the firm. Leon has over 40 years of project management experience in the A/E/C industry. He joins the firm as a member of the Design Staff.
Bruce Smith Attends AIA National Convention . Orlando, FL
As President of the Southwest Georgia Chapter, Bruce Smith attended the AIA National Convention in Orlando, FL. The 2017 convention featured a wide variety of tours, speakers and opportunities for learning and networking.
Studio 8 Welcomes Sharon Flythe
Studio 8 welcomes Sharon Flythe to the firm. Sharon retired from the Lowndes County School System with over 30 years of experience. She will provide administrative support.
New Buffalo Wild Wings Opens . Tifton, GA
A new Buffalo Wild Wings recently opened in Tifton, Georgia. The new restaurant brings one more option in restaurants to the area. Bruce Smith of Studio 8 provided architectural services.