Lowcountry Nonprofit, The Outside Foundation, Named a Finalist for Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards and Eligible to Win a Customized 2022 Land Rover Defender

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Sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover, the National Competition Recognizes Community Nonprofits

(Hilton Head Island, S.C./Savannah, GA) Jaguar Land Rover Hilton Head, a local automotive dealership, announced today their nominee, The Outside Foundation, has been named a Jaguar Land Rover Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards finalist and is eligible to receive one of the seven customized Defender models as their grand prize. The Outside Foundation, a 501(c) nonprofit based in Hilton Head, S.C. and Savannah, Ga., inspires kids to get outside and works to protect the local environment and ecology.

Created to reflect the capabilities of the legendary Land Rover Defender’s seven decades of pushing limits, the award recognizes nonprofits that exceed expectations and go Above & Beyond for their communities every day. The Outside Foundation is one of five nonprofits across the country competing for the “Coastal And Marine Conservation” category award.

Judging for the Above & Beyond Service Awards is based on short films each organization produced to explain their mission and how the grand prize of a Land Rover Defender would impact their work. In The Outside Foundation’s video submission, Executive Director Jean Fruh highlights the 5,000 seventh-graders who’ve participated in the Kids in Kayaks program exploring salt marshes, the collection of 62 tons of oyster shells for recycling in three years, and the removal of two tons of trash at local beaches, parks and waterways. Winning the new Defender would help their efforts a great deal.

“Much of our work involves transporting debris from clean-ups, oyster shells, and all the kayaking equipment. Not only would a Land Rover Defender allow us to transport so much more, but it would also allow us to spend funds we use now for transportation to get more kids in a kayak and on the water,” Fruh explains.

Both Peacock Automotive and The Outside Foundation are encouraging the community to cast a vote once per day at https://www.landroverusa.com/experiences/events-and-sponsorships/defender-service-awards/vote/coastal-and-marine-conservation.html.

The Outside Foundation is a wonderful organization we’re proud to support. Their spirit of adventure and preservation aligns with the Land Rover brand so well, it’s natural they’d be finalists. Now we have to vote for them and bring home the win,” said Warner Peacock, President and CEO of Peacock Automotive, the parent company of Jaguar Land Rover Hilton Head.

A relatively young outfit, The Outdoor Foundation began in 2014, and Peacock Automotive has been a proud supporter from the start.

“At our first ‘Keep the Broad Creek Clean’ festival, Peacock Automotive was there to provide the support needed to make the event a success. The next year they held a fundraiser for us and have been Gold Level sponsors for other events. It’s clear to us they value our mission of connecting the next generation with our local waters. We’re grateful for their support,” Fruh added.

For more information and to vote for “Coastal And Marine Conservation” category award, visit
https://www.landroverusa.com/experiences/events-and-sponsorships/defender-service-awards/vote/coastal-and-marine-conservation.html

The deadline to vote is Monday, May 3.

ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 12 automotive dealerships representing 13 brands in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, employing more than 500 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Jaguar Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, and Hilton Head Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Ga., S.C. and Fla. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit peacockautomotive.com.

CONTACT
Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: (843)-208-1217
jj@peacockautomotive.com

Horizons Savannah Calls for Support on Giving Day, May 12th

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(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Horizons Savannah is calling on the entire community to continue supporting Savannah’s youth during this period of recovery by participating in its annual Horizons Giving Day on Wednesday, May 12th.The program has seen proven success for over 19 years in closing the “opportunity gap” for under-resourced students over summer break. Horizons Savannah continues to partner with youth, their families and the community to enrich the lives of students with the joy of learning, the skills for success and the inspiration to realize their dreams.

How prolonged school closures will affect students is yet to be seen, but it is nonetheless evident that this is a challenging time to be a school-aged child. Throughout, Horizons Savannah has adapted to provide innovative ways to engage students in educational activities, help build social and emotional resilience, and deliver resources to the community with the goal of closing gaps that are ever widening in the wake of the barriers schools have faced for over a year.

After a virtual experience in 2020, Horizons Savannah will resume traditional in-person programming for the summer of 2021 in adherence with CDC and local guidance.

Funds raised during Giving Day 2021 will support this summer program, featuring engaging academics, social-emotional learning and swim lessons for every child, as well as continued engagement with Horizons Savannah students throughout the year.Two Savannah businesses have partnered with Horizons in offering give-back specials to encourage participation in this day of giving. These exclusive opportunities include:

This year’s Giving Day is proudly supported by our corporate sponsors, Parker’s, Savannah Toyota and The Collins Quarter. Additionally, through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the first $25,000 raised this year will be matched dollar for dollar.

“Our mission is more relevant now than ever. While COVID-19 might have set some students back, we are determined that it will not define their futures. We have a huge opportunity this summer to give youth the attention, resources and support they need,” said Christy Edwards, executive director of Horizons Savannah. “Horizons is busy preparing a summer program that will be our best yet. We can’t wait to see our students again and gradually return not entirely to normal, but to a place where we as a program are stronger and more resilient than ever.”

Horizons Savannah provides an intensive enrichment program that helps prevent the well-documented loss of academic ground over summer vacation. Horizons students typically advance six to eight weeks in reading and math skills each summer, with national statistics showing 97 percent of Horizons high school students graduating on time and 91 percent going on to college. 

In Chatham County, the program typically serves over 300 students from local public schools each summer and partners with local institutions Bethesda Academy, St. Andrew’s School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School and The Savannah Country Day School

For more information, or to make a gift please visit https://www.horizonsgivingday.org/organizations/horizons-savannah, https://www.horizonssavannah.org, or follow @horizonsav on social media. 

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School serves over 300 under-resourced students each summer. Since 2003, Horizons has been a transformative experience for young people in kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or cedwards@savcds.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, or check out our Facebook page. 

ABOUT HORIZONS NATIONAL
Horizons National is a growing, community-centered network of more than 60 affiliate sites nationwide that provides high-quality academic enrichment programs to children in need, from Pre-K through high school. Located on the campuses of independent schools, charter schools, colleges, and universities, Horizons programs offer a project-based curriculum, focused on reading, STEM, the arts, fitness, nutrition and field trips. 

CONTACT
Christy Edwards
Executive Director
912-961-8854
cedwards@savcds.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
crusso@crussomarketing.com

The Dewitt Tilton Group Announces Completion of Mint Car Wash in Savannah

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(SAVANNAH, Ga.) The Dewitt Tilton Group, an award-winning commercial and industrial construction company serving the Southeast, completed the third Mint Car Wash in the Savannah, Ga. market, which is located at 302 Commercial Dr. near the corner of Hodgson Memorial Drive.

“We enjoyed working on this project because the client knew what they wanted and this business really fit the location they chose,” explained Chris Tilton, a founding partner of the Dewitt Tilton Group. “The challenge of a building like this, which is so unlike typical retail or commercial establishments, is one we welcome. To see it opening is what I love about commercial construction.”

Mint Car Wash is an exterior express car wash, offering its signature Full Minty wash package that includes 21 separate cleaners, sealants and waxes. A monthly Unlimited Wash Club membership option is also available and is honored at all locations. Customers choose a service option, ride through the high-tech wash tunnel, and are free to use the fully equipped self-service interior cleaning stations with vacuum, compressed air, microfiber towels and cleaning products for glass and other surfaces. 

Car wash buildings require special construction techniques, including a foundational slab thicker than that of a typical retail outlet, with properly placed trenches and drains to allow for water runoff. Intricate systems of plumbing and wiring need to be considered to create a satisfying customer experience. The Dewitt Tilton Group happily accepted the challenge and is pleased with the results.

“I always say the groundbreaking ceremonies are fun, but nothing beats a grand opening. It’s just a great feeling to see a business open up, hire staff, and offer a service that customers want and appreciate. We’ll never tire of being part of that,” Tilton said. 

ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, an award-winning construction company in Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry, specializes in commercial and industrial construction. The principals, Andrew DeWitt and Chris Tilton have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a project from pre-construction to the final walkthrough. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities, which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The Dewitt Tilton Group partners with two other local companies, MacAljon and CBM Concrete, on each industrial project to ensure the highest quality of work. The firm is headquartered at 119 Canal St. Suite 106 Pooler, GA 31322. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com.

CONTACT
Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912.777.3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

Chris Tilton of the Dewitt Tilton Group Presents to the Realtors Commercial Alliance of Savannah & Hilton Head

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Construction firm co-principal discussed the commercial and industrial building process.

(POOLER, Ga.) Chris Tilton of the Dewitt Tilton Group, a leading commercial and industrial construction company serving the Georgia and South Carolina markets, presented to the membership of the Realtors Commercial Alliance of Savannah & Hilton Head at the group’s quarterly meeting. 

REALTORS(R) Commercial Alliance President Kimberly Iler and Chris Tilton of the Dewitt Tilton Group pose for a photograph after RCA’s Quarterly Membership Meeting

Tilton’s presentation “From Buying the Dirt to Obtaining the Permit: The Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial and Industrial Construction Project” delivered a summation of the building process. Starting with identifying the correct location for a particular business, designing the specifications and breaking ground, to finishing touches and handing over the keys, the speech offered useful information for commercial realtors. “Sharing knowledge is a big part of making these projects go as smoothly as possible. When the commercial realtor has that baseline understanding of what we do as construction professionals, everyone benefits, especially the customer,” Tilton said. “It builds confidence when we all understand what to be mindful of at certain steps, and that builds better business relationships.” 

Of specific interest to commercial realtors was understanding how potential construction issues may adversely affect land deals that appear to be favorable. Tilton also covered this and other related topics.

The Realtors Commercial Alliance serves the community by providing advocacy and market data while promoting the Savannah, Hilton Head and South Georgia commercial real estate practitioners and affiliated industries. For more information, visit savannaharearealtors.com/rca.

ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, an award-winning construction company in Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry, specializes in commercial and industrial construction. The principals, Andrew DeWitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a project, from pre-construction to the final walkthrough. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities, which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. Dewitt Tilton Group partners with two other local companies, MacAljon and CBM Concrete, on each industrial project to ensure the highest quality of work. The firm is headquartered at 119 Canal St. Suite 106 Pooler, GA 31322. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com.

CONTACT
Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912.777.3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

Bethesda Academy President Receives Esteemed Betty B. Disher Educational Innovator Award

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Dr. Michael Hughes accepts the award on behalf of faculty, staff and students.

(SAVANNAH, Ga./ORANGEBURG, S.C.) South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) presented Dr. Michael Hughes, President of Bethesda Academy in Savannah, Ga., with the prestigious Betty B. Disher Educational Innovator Award.

Established to recognize a Head of School that exhibits an outstanding commitment to implementing innovative teaching methodologies into their unique independent school setting, the Betty B. Disher Award was presented at the association’s annual Fall Heads’ Conference meeting, held virtually.

“This is a team win, and I accept this esteemed award in the name of all of the professional educators and administrators at Bethesda Academy,” Dr. Hughes said. “We are building a new Bethesda, and this honor reflects the progress our team has made towards that goal.”

Bethesda Academy is a private day school for young men in grades six through twelve. The diverse student body is served by a staff of 35 dedicated employees, with 70% of teachers holding a Master’s degree. Bethesda offers small class sizes, a structured environment and a strong sense of community.

SCISA is a nonprofit, voluntary association of over 130 independent schools serving more than 40,000 teachers and students. Founded in 1965, the State of South Carolina incorporated SCISA as an exclusively educational organization with the responsibilities of establishing accreditation standards, coordinating academic and athletic competitions and providing professional development for member organizations.

SCISA Executive Director, Dr. Spencer A. Jordan, stated, “Dr. Hughes is renowned for his commitment to a school mentality that promotes leadership initiatives throughout his school.” Bethesda does this by instilling positive adult relationships and peer modeling while advocating for personal excellence and community involvement.

The Bethesda staff matches Dr. Hughes’ devotion to the success of the academy. “The school’s commitment to the well-being of the students and families they serve sets Bethesda apart. For this reason and many others, Dr. Hughes defines an outstanding and innovative educational leader,” Jordan added.

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and a college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912-856-9075
cynthia@crussomarketing.com

Winners of Leopold’s Ice Cream 11th Annual Creative Writing Challenge Honored at Savannah City Hall

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Winners of Leopold’s Ice Cream 11th Annual Creative Writing Challenge Honored at Savannah City Hall

(SAVANNAH, Ga.)  Leopold’s Ice Cream, in partnership with Live Oak Public Libraries, will join the eight winners of the 11th Annual Creative Writing Challenge at City Hall on Wednesday, March 24, at 2 p.m. 

Back Row (Pictured Left to Right): Hudson Christopher Miller, 7th grade, Esther F. Garrison School of the Arts; Mayor Van Johnson, City of Savannah; Julian Wells Deveaux, 9th grade, Homeschooled; and Mary Leopold, co-owner of Leopold’s Ice Cream. Front Row (Pictured Left to Right): Amay Reddy, Kindergarten, Godley Station Elementary School; Carson Stack, 1st grade, Hesse Elementary School; and Ethan Crowe, 6th grade, Veritas Academy.

To replicate the full experience previous winners have received, while also adhering to the changes brought on by Covid-19 precautions, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson invited the honorees to record a reading of their winning entries, with the intention to share the broadcast on the Savannah Government Television channel.Honorees will be welcomed by representatives of Leopold’s Ice Cream and Live Oak Public Libraries, and Mayor Johnson will deliver remarks and commemorate the occasion with the “now-famous Mayor selfie.” Single-scoop, individually packed ice creams from Leopold’s Ice Cream will be served to all attendees.

Since its beginning in 2011, the Creative Writing Challenge continues to underscore Leopold’s Ice Cream’s commitment to literacy, art, education and fostering creativity and expression in young people. In line with previous years, owners Stratton and Mary Leopold were delighted to receive hundreds of entries from local schoolchildren across Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties.“This year’s entries were so strong, it was difficult to choose which were the best,” said Mary Leopold. “It says a lot about this community’s commitment to literacy and the power of the written word. We are happy to further the cause and thrilled at the level of participation,” she added.

The winners and runners up of the competition are:

Grades K-2:
1st Place: “My Family and Friends” by Amay Reddy
Kindergarten, Godley Station Elementary School

2nd Place: “Love and Friendship” by Carson Stack
1st grade, Hesse Elementary School

Grades 3-5:
1st Place: “Friends and Family Are My Crew” by Kasey Rodgers
5th grade, Heard Elementary School

2nd Place: “Family and Friends” by Joy Hall
5th grade, Haven Elementary School

Grades 6-8:
1st Place: “The Ultimate Gift” by Hudson Christopher Miller
7th grade, Esther F. Garrison School of the Arts

2nd Place: “The Woods” by Ethan Crowe
6th grade, Veritas Academy

Grades 9-12:
1st Place: “Friends and Family” by Julian Wells Deveaux
9th grade, Homeschooled, Springfield, Georgia

2nd Place: “The Sayings” by Krystell Sanchez Romero
12th grade, Sol C. Johnson High School

The winning poems can be read here.Poetry submissions were judged on creativity and adherence to the theme of “Friends and Family.”  The top winners in each group will also receive a cooler filled with Leopold’s Ice Cream delivered to their homes, and runners-up will receive a $25 Leopold’s Ice Cream gift certificate. 

ABOUT LEOPOLD’S ICE CREAM
Leopold’s Ice Cream was founded in Savannah, Georgia in 1919 by three immigrant brothers from Greece. George, Peter and Basil passed their tradition of making super-premium, handmade ice cream in the shop, one batch at a time, down to Peter’s youngest son, Stratton. His commitment to arts and education in the community is second only to his dedication to unparalleled customer service and creating the highest quality ice cream possible in a fun, family environment. Some of Leopold’s signature, original flavors include Tutti Frutti, Rum Bisque and Savannah Socialite, and they have since expanded their staple and seasonal offerings to include several vegan ice cream flavors and the pet-friendly Doggie Sundae. In addition to its Creamery location and stores located in the heart of downtown Savannah and in the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Leopold’s Ice Cream offers catering and nationwide shipping. For more information, visit https://www.leopoldsicecream.com/ or call 912-777-5340.

ABOUT LIVE OAK PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Live Oak Public Libraries is a system of 16 libraries and one bookmobile providing programs and services in Chatham, Effingham, & Liberty Counties. Their mission is to provide excellent, responsive service to enrich people’s lives, support lifelong learning and build and enhance their communities.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-856-9075
cynthia@crussomarketing.com

Dewitt Tilton Group Names Jonathan Herrington New Construction Superintendent

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Dewitt Tilton Group Names Jonathan Herrington New Construction Superintendent

Commercial and industrial construction firm adds experienced professional to its growing staff

(POOLER, Ga.) Dewitt Tilton Group, a leading commercial and industrial construction company serving the Georgia and South Carolina markets, announced the hiring of construction superintendent Jonathan Herrington. A former superintendent at a national commercial contracting firm, Herrington brings a wealth of experience to Dewitt Tilton Group’s award-winning team.

Jonathan Herrington, Dewitt Tilton Group, Industrial and Commercial Construction, Savannah, Georgia and South Carolina

With over 50 years of combined experience between the company’s principals, Andrew DeWitt and Chris Tilton, Dewitt Tilton Group uses a unique in-house design and consultation process that takes a construction project from a vision to completion with full-service contracting services.

“We’re lucky to have Jonathan. We provide innovative solutions for the most complex challenges, and we bring our financial strength, outstanding reputation, and industry relationships to work on every project. Jonathan has the necessary skills and experience to represent our team well in the field,” added Tilton.

Herrington’s main area of responsibility will be supervising the day-to-day progress of construction projects once the ground is broken. He is also charged with keeping projects on schedule and within budget.

“I’m very impressed by this company’s customer service and commitment to the entire building process, from the first meeting to handing over the keys to a dream building,” he said. “I like to call it, ‘from trees to keys’ because we are truly a one-stop-shop for both commercial and industrial developments.”

A native of Midway, Georgia, Herrington volunteers in his community coaching kid’s sports with his local department of recreation.

ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, an award-winning construction company in Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry, specializes in commercial and industrial construction. The principals, Andrew DeWitt and Chris Tilton have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a project from pre-construction to the final walkthrough. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities, which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. Dewitt Tilton Group partners with two other local companies, MacAljon and CBM Concrete, on each industrial project to ensure the highest quality of work. The firm is headquartered at 119 Canal St. Suite 106 Pooler, GA 31322. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com.

CONTACT
Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912.777.3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

Architecture Adjusting to the Impact of COVID-19 on the Fly

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Written By Brian Felder

Published By Commercial Construction and Renovation Magazine found here: https://issuu.com/bocdesigninc/docs/ccr-issue.2.21/20 

Millions of working people spent a third or more of their lives in the office until COVID-19 and the resulting lockdown brought that to a screeching halt. No one knew what to expect, and there was no time to plan for a mass migration to working from home at companies that were inexperienced in it. Fear and uncertainty are always disruptive, and there was plenty of it. Still, few companies were shutting down operations, they were simply happening from home. It was a great unknown, but most assumed this was temporary. More than half a year later, the remarkable adjustments made in real time are proving those assumptions wrong. As architects, our job is to keep up with what’s happening in realtime and adapt to what’s normal moving forward. 

The pandemic proved to be the catalyst that forced people to work from home for their own safety, and it appears the option of remote work will not recede when COVID retreats. Indicators show productivity has remained high, pleasing owners and managers. Workers appreciate the flexibility. Companies forged ahead and, without much pain, put to work the minimally used software and infrastructure they already had in place. It’s as if we were prepared to adjust to this without knowing it. In my office, only one person needed new equipment. 

Additionally, I’ve also yet to come across a single instance where an employee’s sudden and unique challenges were met with resistance or insensitivity. It’s become clear that people are the most important asset and relatively minor, reasonable accommodations go a long way to keeping them happy. Maintaining this balance will mean rethinking what the workplace looks like. To that end, smart owners turned to an analysis of what companies are spending on square footage and furnishings for employees. Expenses for new construction, property acquisition, lease rates renovation and more are all being reconsidered. 

Moving forward, appropriate spacing that maintains the ability to collaborate while keeping people safe is the number one priority. At the same time, we must resist the temptation to hop on every bandwagon relating to surface cleaning, “new” air purification systems and other options that seem too good to be true. The research is underway. It’s best to wait and find out what really works and how new HVAC systems will introduce more fresh air. I’ve personally seen half a dozen proposals that are no better than snake oil. 

Another unavoidable reality is that the workplace has changed forever. Designers and clients have embraced the need for a certain amount of healthful distance. Therefore, the office environment must adjust to the reality of 30-50% of employees not being there 100% of the time. I was as guilty as anyone in thinking people had to be in the office all the time to be effective. When we didn’t miss a beat after this started, I changed my mind. This is as much of a cultural and attitudinal shift as new professional design guidance for architects. We need to design places that accept that flexibility. This is reality. 

For the last 10-15 years, we have seen a move away from corner and perimeter offices and a push to make the workplace more egalitarian. This resulted in a reduction of overall office square footage, but it came at a cost. The average of 40 sq. ft. per person was shrinking to as little as 15 to 20 sq. ft. Now that offices will no longer be set up for maximum capacity, the per-person space is increasing, with the addition of partitions or barriers that allow for isolation without walls or cubicles. Oversized conference rooms are also likely to be a thing of the past. 

An immediate, but expected change is touch-free toilets and sinks. Our firm has a change order on every project that didn’t originally include them. Subtle but easy safety measures like these have quickly become the standard. Another major shift that happened right away is a massive reduction in business travel. Typically, I would take two trips a month. In the last six months, I’ve made one. This has had literally no negative effect on business. 

The success story of remote work means companies are analyzing how much time employees can spend at home and at the office. Managers are free to schedule shifts like manufacturing once was, taking into consideration the number of hours employees need to be on-site to fulfill their responsibilities. Using four work stations for six employees represents a full one-third reduction in square footage, furnishings and other expenses. To provide all workers with dedicated personal space, something as simple as a locker may prove to be an adequate solution. 

An open mind is essential to stay on top of this rapidly changing landscape. Clients have had great ideas to change their space to make work from home a success. Listening to the people in orbit around us, from clients to interior designers and furniture manufacturers, allows us to learn as we go. Find out what they are doing to keep a safe distance in the office, foster collaboration and provide a well-lit comfortable environment. Efficient use of space tempered by a focus on the health and humanity of those who use it ensures that the unexpected positive effects of this pandemic endure. 

Brian K. Felder is the founder and principal of Felder & Associates of Savannah, Georgia, an architecture firm specializing in architectural interior design and historic preservation services. He is a Trustee of the Historic Savannah Foundation and winner of several HSF Preservation Awards. Felder graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Architecture. He founded Felder & Associates in 2012. 

Contact:Brian Felder
Email: brian@felderassociates.net
Phone: 912-777-3979
Website: www.felderassociates.net

Dewitt Tilton Group Breaks Ground on Berwick Retail Location in Savannah

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(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Dewitt Tilton Group, a leading commercial construction company in the Southeast, held a groundbreaking to mark the beginning of work at the Berwick Retail Building, located at 30 Berwick Blvd., Savannah. The 7,000 square foot project will house two retail outlets and is expected to take eight months from the issuance of the building permit to its completion. 

Members of the Patel family celebrate the groundbreaking of the Berwick retail location on the Vasant Panchami holiday. (From left to right) Arvind Patel, Mukesh Patel, Bhupendra Patel

This groundbreaking was especially meaningful, as members of the Patel family held a short ceremony to bless the ground on which the new retail location will be built.

The 22-foot-tall steel building will be complemented by brick, stone and stucco, with parapet walls on all four sides. Interiors are open concept with drive-thru accessibility. The team at Dewitt Tilton Group are experts in this type of steel building design and construction, with many completed buildings to their credit. The exterior is subject to strict design guidelines given the proximity to Berwick Marketplace which is anchored by a Kroger supermarket and includes Starbucks, Subway, McDonald’s, The UPS Store, Great Clips and more.

Owner Mukesh Patel awarded the contract to the commercial construction company largely due to their reputation for quality, efficiency, value, and dedication to the builder-client relationship.

“The only thing better than the groundbreaking is the ribbon-cutting event celebrating the new business openings. We’re confident this will happen on time and within budget,” said co-principal Chris Tilton. “After the planning and designing process, the fun really starts when we begin building the space for what we’re sure will be a successful business for the owners and tenants.”

Members of the Patel family and representatives of Dewitt Tilton Group break ground on a new Berwick retail building in Savannah. (From left to right) Sharad Patel, Damini Patel, Kinnaree Patel, Renuka Patel, Sarmista Patel, Bhupendra Patel, Mukesh Patel, Arvind Patel, Chris Tilton, Mary Kathryn Griffin, Aaron Cradduck

ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, an award-winning construction company in the Lowcountry, specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew DeWitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walkthrough. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities, which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is headquartered at 119 Canal St. Suite 106 Pooler, GA 31322. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

CONTACT
Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912.777.3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075

Dedication Ceremony Held for Completed Bull Street Baptist Church Project

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Dedication Ceremony Held for Completed Bull Street Baptist Church Project

Felder & Associates Architecture Firm Celebrates the Completion of the Bull Street Baptist Church’s Beyond 2020 Project


(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Bull Street Baptist Church held an open house and dedication ceremony marking the completion of the Beyond 2020 renovation project of the historic church. The 12-year, multi-phase master plan updated approximately 200,000 square feet in the three interconnecting buildings on the church’s urban campus. 

Pictured Left to Right: Josh Brooks, owner and CEO of Brooks Construction Group; Brian Felder, principal owner of Felder & Associates; Calvin Fowler, senior pastor of Bull Street Baptist Church, along with his wife; and Gretchen Callejas, project architect at Felder & Associates.

Felder & Associates, a distinguished and award-winning architecture firm in Savannah led the project, along with Brooks Construction Group and Home with Hart Construction as partners.

“Our commitment is to faithfully steward our resources to the glory of God and the good of our congregation in a way that fulfills our mission and blesses our city,” said Pastor Calvin Fowler. “Our focus as a church is best summarized in our mission statement: ‘Equipping people to know Christ and to tell of His amazing grace!’ Every phase in this 12-year restoration project has kept this focus front and center.”

Renovations to the original wood-framed 1880s building known as The Porch, where the church holds its college ministry program, include exterior upgrades, modernized kitchen and bath facilities, gallery space, a two-story porch and an elevator. Highlights include raised ceilings on the second floor and the restoration of the original interior doors and hardwood floors to seamlessly pair the historic and the modern.

“The Church has been working to create outstanding spaces for our ministry. It is important to us that they not only be beautiful but welcoming and safe,” Pastor Fowler added.

Bull Street Baptist Church’s Beyond 2020 plan also included modifying the 9,600 square-foot educational wing. The three-story Bauhaus-inspired structure built in 1953, was given an exterior refresh that complements the original style, along with new windows. Other areas improved include a new lobby and security checkpoint for the expanded nursery space, a recording studio and a music library. The educational building had its classrooms, restrooms and lighting updated. The exterior of the campus now has new lighting, fencing, landscaping and signage.

“All along the way, we have considered the needs of our entire congregation to make sure we are serving every age group, from our babies to our seniors,” Pastor Fowler said about the project.

The lower level of the educational wing will serve as the home for the church’s new urban outreach ministry, The HOPE Initiative. Recording artist and gospel minister Harrold “Zion” Edwards is leading that endeavor. Volunteer ministries such as ESL (English as a Second Language), GroceryShare and family mentoring will also operate out of The HOPE Initiative space.

“It has been a professional honor to be a part of this project,” said Brian Felder, principal owner of Felder & Associates. “We take great pride in our work on religious buildings and this one has been a labor of love.”

Pastor Fowler and the church’s building committee had the vision to make this space elegant and functional and to also fit right here in the heart of Savannah to serve the church’s mission. We couldn’t be more pleased that Pastor Fowler and his team are satisfied with the results,” added Gretchen Callejas, Felder & Associates project manager.

Historic preservation and religious architecture are two specialties Felder & Associates are known for, and both areas of expertise were called on in completing this project. “We are fortunate to be in Savannah and have the opportunity to contribute to our community. Projects like this are precisely why we are in this profession. With the success of this one, we look forward to similar projects,” said Callejas.

Pictured Left to Right: Calvin Fowler, senior pastor of Bull Street Baptist Church; Brian Felder, principal owner of Felder & Associates; and Josh Brooks, owner and CEO of Brooks Construction Group.

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has experienced a 10% yearly growth for the past three consecutive years, and holds memberships with the Historic Savannah Foundation, the American Institutes of Architects and the United States Green Building Council. Recognitions include historic preservation awards from the Historic Savannah Foundation, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Excellence in Rehabilitation award, the Georgia Association of The American Institute of Architects Design Award in Renovation and a special judges’ award from Hospitality Design magazine. Felder & Associates is located at 2514 Abercorn Street, Suite 120, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net

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