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What it Takes to be a Successful Woman in the Field of Architecture

What it Takes to be a Successful Woman in the Field of Architecture
By Gretchen Callejas

Frank Lloyd Wright. I.M. Pei. Those are the familiar names of two of America’s best-known architects.

Wright’s distinct prairie-style homes dot the American landscape while Pei’s large but elegantly designed urban buildings and complexes are among the world’s most famous architectural works. Pei’s projects, among others, include the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the controversial glass pyramid in Paris’ Louvre Museum courtyard.

But have you heard of Julia Morgan, who designed California’s famous Hearst Castle? Or trailblazers such as Marion Mahony Griffin, the first woman to be officially licensed as an architect, and Zaha Hadid, the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize?

It isn’t surprising if you haven’t. According to a January 2019 article in ThoughtCo., which listed 20 famous female architects, the role that women have played in architecture and design often go under the radar.

While architecture has been a male-dominated field, that is not the case at Felder & Associates, where I have worked since its inception in 2012. We have four women and three men on staff. The forward-thinking leadership of the firm’s managing principal, Brian Felder, has played an extraordinary part in making our workplace a gender free oasis in an otherwise industry-wide testosterone-filled desert.

Why is architecture, like so many other professions, such a tough profession for women to crack?

According to a 2016 article in the Los Angeles Times, only 18 percent of licensed practitioners are women although they make up nearly half of U.S. architecture school graduates. This disparity sometimes is referred to as “the missing 32 percent.” Unfortunately, females leave the field in disturbingly high numbers after they’re confronted with lower salaries, given fewer career-building opportunities or find a lack of mentors, who champion for them.

Full-time female architects earn 20 percent less than their male counterparts, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Plus, architecture’s history as a male-dominated profession has contributed to an all-consuming workplace culture that leaves little flexibility for women expected to balance work and family. According to the Times article, 75 percent of female survey respondents had experienced sexual discrimination on the job, and 83 percent believed having a child would hurt their careers.

My personal observations and experiences have confirmed some of these disparities, but I consider myself lucky.

Fortunately, I’ve been able to maintain a successful professional career while balancing family because I have a husband who shares responsibilities and encouragement. Without his support, it would be more challenging to continue with a professional career.

And while I have quite a few female friends who are architects, I have never worked for a woman nor had a strong female mentor. Contractors and clients often assume I need to ask my male boss for help in understanding construction, codes or a design issue. When I approach a problem with the same assertiveness as a male architect, I’m sometimes labeled with the “B”-word.

Since I was a kid, I dreamed of designing buildings before I knew what that encompassed. And now as an adult would I encourage young girls to enter architecture? Absolutely. I would tell young women (and men) entering the field that determination and passion go a long way. You will be successful if you work hard, tune out the negativity and chase your goals with perseverance. If you want to be an Architect, then go be one.

I finally believe that I am in a position to give them a hand. I’ve been around enough to help guide them and try to be the mentor I never had. I’m pleased we have two young women working with us at Felder & Associates. Alma Johnson and Cathryn Sinclair graduated with architectural degrees from the Savannah College of Art and Design last year and are interning with us as project associates.

Sinclair says she believes the playing field is more level than ever before but there is always room for improvement.

“I hope to continue to see the gap close,” she says.

For Johnson, success is based on how hard you work.

“Now, the gender gap does exist, but I think that the world is evolving on a more modern idea of a woman in the workplace. I don’t see gender. I see what skill sets I need to acquire to be as successful as the candidate next to me,” Johnson says.

I hope their perspectives will remain true and their positivity high after spending 15 years or so in the industry. I suspect they will reflect on their early days as a time when they had to deal with an old and outdated set of standards.

One thing I know for certain. They are in a wonderful setting to avoid bias and discrimination working at Felder & Associates. We are, thankfully, treated equally regardless of our gender, and we treat one another with mutual respect and understanding.

My hope for young women in architecture is that they will continue to mentor the next generations of women architects, have equal opportunities and respect. One day we will be as well-known as Frank Lloyd Wright and I.M. Pei.

Gretchen Callejas is a project architect at Felder & Associates, where she specializes in historic preservation, adaptive reuse, small scale commercial architecture and high-end residential design. She is also LEED-accredited from the U.S. Green Building Council. Callejas earned Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from Ball State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design.

 

Gretchen Callejas
Felder & Associates

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Citations:

1. Craven, Jackie (2019, January). 20 Famous Women Architects. ThoughtCo. Retrieved from: https://www.thoughtco.com/famous-female-architects-177890

2. Stratigakos, Despina (2016, April). Why is the world of architecture so male-dominated? LA Times. Retrieved from: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-stratigakos-missing-women-architects-20160421-story.html

3. Newman, Caroline (2019, January). Three Generations Of Female Architects Seek To Bring More Women Into The Profession. UVA Today. Retrieved from: https://news.virginia.edu/content/3-generations-female-architects-seek-bring-more-women-profession

Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala to Set Stage for Graduation

Bethesda Academy Scholarship Gala to Set Stage for Graduation

(Savannah, GA) Bethesda Academy’s 2019 Scholarship Gala will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m on Friday, May 10, at the Plantation Club at The Landings. The Bethesdaclass of 2019 will graduate the following day.

The speaker for the scholarship gala will be Robert L. Brown, principal/owner of R.L. Brown and Associates, an Atlanta architectural firm. Brown is a native of Dublin, Georgia, who worked on Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airportin the late 1970s.

He later founded his own firm. Its portfolio includes such projects as the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Academics Building at Morehouse Collegeand the Birmingham Civil Rights Institutein Birmingham, Alabama, along with numerous other scholastic and public structures.

“We are excited to be able to bring a speaker of such accomplishment as Robert Brown,” said Bethesdapresident Michael Hughes. “He can demonstrate to our students that privilege is not a requirement when you have hard work, focus and leadership skills on your side. That’s not just how you build a career, but, as Brown has demonstrated, how you build a legacy.”

Bethesda’s class of 2019 has 15 members. Eleven plan to attend college and were accepted by 14 different colleges and universities. One future graduate plans to enlist in the U.S. Air Forceand another will attend an EMT course to enter the medical field. Two others hope to enroll in Georgia Ports Authority’s Y.E.S. program, a mentor-based program that transitions graduates into careers at the port.

Thanks to the school’s dual enrollment program with Point University, many of the college-bound graduates will start their college careers as near sophomores.

“In our junior and senior classes, one in three students is dual enrolled, meaning they are completing high school and at the same time taking college courses for college credit,” said Hughes. “This is not only a testament to the quality of our academic program, but in this day of staggering student-loan debt, it represents fiscal responsibility, leading to solid savings for students and their families.”

Twelve juniors and seniors are involved in joint enrollment classes.

Tickets to the scholarship gala are $150 and are available at http://www.bethesdaacademy.org/giving/special-events/scholarship-gala/.

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ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and 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 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.orgor call 912.644.4376.

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Roush’s Delivery Service Breaks Ground on New Warehouse Flex Space

Roush’s Delivery Service Breaks Ground on New Warehouse Flex Space
The Dewitt Tilton Group Starts New Construction on 30,000 Building in Garden City

(GARDEN CITY, GA) Savannah-based commercial construction firm, the Dewitt Tilton Groupheld groundbreaking ceremonies in Garden City for a 30,000-square-foot warehouse/office building for Roush’s Delivery Service.

The groundbreaking took place at the construction site, Lot 6 West Chatham Business Park in Garden City.

Dewitt Tilton Group

(left to right): Andrew DeWitt, Principal of The Dewitt Tilton Group; Mike Roush, President of Roush’s Delivery Service; Chris Tilton, Principal of The Dewitt Tilton Group; Mike Roush Jr., General Manager of Roush’s Delivery Service; Stephen Cobb, Superintendent at Dewitt Tilton Group; Kim Thomas, Director of Operations at The Dewitt Tilton Group.

Dewitt Tilton Group

(left to right): Brooke Phillips, Small Business and Events Manager for Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah; Marcia Daniel, Garden City Councilmember; Kim Thomas, Director of Operations at The Dewitt Tilton Group; Andrew DeWitt, Principal of The Dewitt Tilton Group; Chris Tilton, Principal of The Dewitt Tilton Group; Mayor Don Bethune, Garden City Mayor; Mike Roush Jr., General Manager of Roush’s Delivery Service; Mike Roush, President of Roush’s Delivery Service; Debbie Ruiz, Garden City Councilmember; Ed Cook of Roush’s Delivery Service.

Dewitt Tilton group

(left to right): Brooke Phillips, Small Business and Events Manager for Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah; Marcia Daniel, Garden City Councilmember; Kim Thomas, Director of Operations at The Dewitt Tilton Group; Andrew DeWitt, Principal of The Dewitt Tilton Group; Chris Tilton, Principal of The Dewitt Tilton Group; Mayor Don Bethune, Garden City Mayor; Mike Roush Jr., General Manager of Roush’s Delivery Service; Mike Roush, President of Roush’s Delivery Service; Debbie Ruiz, Garden City Councilmember; Ed Cook of Roush’s Delivery Service.

Roush’s Delivery Service, founded in 1973, provides expedited less-than-truckload (LTL) and logistics services. Mike Roush is president of the family-owned firm, and Mike Roush Jr. is its general manager. The company experienced a 400% growth over the past four years, thus demanding physical expansion.

“We have to adapt as our clients’ needs change,” said Mike Roush. “Most of our customers now need project-based work, and our new site will equip us to meet those needs in the most effective manner. Yes, we have grown tremendously, but the reason for this expansion is also to better serve our clients.”

The pre-engineered metal building will include 3,500 square feet of heated and cooled office space. The building is dock-high all the way around, and the office portion will be configured as two stories. Translucent light panels along the front and rear will allow natural light into the warehouse. 12 overhead garage doors that vary in size with edge or pit levelers will accommodate most any truck and its load. There is also a concrete ramp into the building from parking level as another means of access for receiving or delivering goods.

“Mike and I were buddies in grade school and high school,” Chris Tilton, one of the principals at Dewitt Tilton, said of the younger Roush. “Who would have thought, back when we were at Benedictine, that we would one day be working together on a $2 million construction project? We appreciate all of our clients, but it is really fun to work with old friends.”

MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., 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 walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Groupbrings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

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Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

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Principal of Dewitt Tilton Group Launches “Inspire Your Community” Podcast to Do Just That

Principal of Dewitt Tilton Group Launches “Inspire Your Community” Podcast to Do Just That

(SAVANNAH, GA) Chris Tilton, one of two principals at the Dewitt Tilton Groupcommercial construction firm, has launched a monthly podcast featuring local stories of inspiration, kindness and positivity, and the company will reward people who help find those stories with a $300 donation to the cause of the nominator’s choice.

A small, heartwarming true story was the spark for “Inspire Your Community Podcast,” Tilton said.

Dewitt Tilton Group Inspire Podcast

“I heard about this guy who was dropping his daughter off at daycare one morning, just something lots of us do every day, and he noticed that the swing on the playground was broken. He didn’t complain about it to the daycare manager; he didn’t ignore the problem. Instead, the following Saturday, on his day off, he drove over and fixed the swing,” said Tilton. “Not a big thing, just seeing a problem and doing something about it.”

Such simple but true stories, Tilton thought, could inspire others to perform random acts of kindness or to act instead of complaining. His response is to launch a monthly podcast to tell true, inspiring stories suggested by members of the community. To encourage people to come forward with stories, the Dewitt Tilton Groupwill donate $300 to the cause of the successful nominator’s choice.

To submit story ideas, email dtg.inspire@gmail.com. One story will be selected each month to be the subject of the podcast, and the nominator of that story will be given the opportunity to designate a charity to receive a $300 donation.

“There are lots of inspirational stories out there, and we hope people will come forward to let us help share them,” Tilton said. “We’re starting now, so we need to hear from people. This is one small way we can all help counteract hate and negativity in the world.”

The podcast can be accessed at YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and everywhere else podcasts can be found. View the first episode here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EgdS0dh9UY.

For more information, contact the Dewitt Tilton Groupteam at dtg.inspire@gmail.com.

MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have more than 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 walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Groupbrings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities to guarantee a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com

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Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

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Pooler Parkway Location is Enmarket’s Largest Newly Built Store

Pooler Parkway Location is Enmarket’s Largest Newly Built Store

(POOLER, GA) Enmarket, a Savannah-based chain of convenience stores, built a new 6,366-square-foot store on Pooler Parkway across the street from the soon-to-open St. Joseph’s/CandlerPooler Campus.

The store, which offers 20 fueling stations and an electronic vehicle charging station, is Enmarket’s third in Pooler but its first on Pooler Parkway. The two others are on Highway 80.

The new store features the chain’s first drive-through window, serving fresh food and beverages from Enmarket’s proprietary restaurant, The Eatery. It also features touchless restrooms, exposed ceilings, spacious parking and outdoor seating.

Enmarket Pooler Location EateryEnmarket Pooler Location ExteriorEnmarket Pooler Location Interior

Some features are invisible to customers but will contribute to better service, such things as a redesigned and more efficient kitchen and an improved vendor receiving area. Progressive Builderswas the general contractor for the project.

“This is the largest Enmarketwe’ve built from the ground up,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “We’re excited to announce this new location, and believe it serves as a fine example of our dedication to providing customers with quality service and food.”

The new store is part of an Enmarketexpansion plan that includes the rebuild of the existing store on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in downtown Savannah, a new headquarters complex that will include the rebuild of the Enmarketon U.S. 17 at Chatham Parkway and a future store in Port Wentworth.

Enmarketcurrently operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants with more than 1,200 employees in Georgia and North and South Carolina.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store Newsin 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarketcurrently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

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Enmarket
MClements@enmarket.com

Low Country Dermatology Expands with Construction of New Complex

Low Country Dermatology Expands with Construction of New Complex

(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology, owned by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Corinne Howington, will expand to a new aesthetic center and professional offices on Waters Avenue to accommodate the needs of its growing practice.

A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at 6510 Waters Ave. The project is scheduled to be finished in October, and the first patients are expected in November.

“We have simply outgrown our present facilities on Eisenhower Drive,” Howington said. “With the new, purpose-built location, we’ll be able to treat our patients in a more spacious and convenient location.”

Low Country Dermatology Architect Plans

Low Country Dermatology Architect Blueprint

Howington said the new site was chosen as a central location and for its convenient access to Memorial Health University Medical Centerand St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Candler Hospital.

The new facility will include eight procedure and examination rooms, two aesthetic rooms for laser, as well as, chemical peels and facials, a cosmetic consult room and two clinical research rooms.

Howington said she attributes the expansion of the practice to an increased awareness of skin cancer and a growing and repeat demand for cosmetic services.

“With the public having a greater awareness of skin cancer’s risks, especially in this climate, patients are more likely to come in for evaluations,” she said. “Cosmetic patients are definitely returning more frequently, and our wait times for an appointment are increasing. We want to expand our esthetic side so that our patients can have easier access to our treatments and procedures.”

Albee Contractingis the general contractor for the project, and Lynch and Associatesis the architect.

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatologyspecializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatologyis currently located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406, pending construction of expanded offices. For more information, call 912-354-1018 or visit lcderm.com. To connect on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/LowCountryDermatology

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Miranda Osborn Joins Felder & Associates as Office Manager

Miranda Osborn Joins Felder & Associates as Office Manager

(SAVANNAH, GA) Miranda Osborn has joined the architectural and interior design firm of Felder & Associatesas office manager. In her role, she will be responsible for administrative duties, including overseeing residential, commercial, industrial, educational, historic and modern designs.

Miranda Osborn, Felder & Associates

Miranda Osborn, Felder & Associates

“I’m proud to be part of such an amazing, hardworking, dedicated group of professionals,” Osborn said. “As an artist, I’m fascinated by all aspects of design, and love the contrasting architecture Felder & Associatesproduces, from adaptive reuse architecture to high-end residential and everything in between.”

Brian Felder, the firm’s managing principal, said Osborn is a perfect addition to Felder & Associates’ team, which features “a diverse, dedicated staff devoted to taking a fresh approach to each set of circumstances presented to us by our clients.”

Osborn moved to the United States from her hometown of Hobart, Australia, in 1998 and attended the College of DuPagein Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She has logged more than 20 years in the design field and most recently held the position of director of fun at a Savannah country club. Osborn also worked in marketing and design for Morris Multimediaand Cages By Design.

She is a veteran freelance writer and owner of her own photography company. Osborn was one of 13 winners of South Magazine’s Greatest Photographers in 2018 and recently celebrated her 13th magazine cover.

“I grew up in a family of furniture designers and building surveyors,” she said. “My childhood weekend memories involve traipsing around a litany of Australian National Trustbuildings my family purchased over the years. One of my fondest memories was trying to find the foundation stone of the Jubilee Primitive Methodist Church, built circa 1861, that my father purchased when I was roughly 11 years old.”

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES

Established in 2012, Felder & Associatesspecializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associatesis a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerceand Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designersand the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associatesis a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associatesreceived a historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundationand the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associatesrecently completed the Grey restaurantin the former Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net

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Bishop Hartmayer blesses Corpus Christi worship space

Bishop Hartmayer blesses Corpus Christi worship space

More than 300 people filled the worship space in the multi-purpose building for the blessing of the long awaited home for the Catholic Communty in Pooler.

In 2015, Fr. Gabe Cummings of St. Frances Cabriniand Barbara Goodwin began searching for a temporary location where a weekly Mass could be celebrated in Pooler. The Reverend David Wesley Lemburg, pastor of Saint Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Pooler, opened its doors to the Catholic community and became the place where the faithful would gather.

Father Thomas J. Murphy, the pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Port Wentworth, was appointed by Bishop Hartmayer to establish the new community. The first Catholic Mass was offered on May 2, 2015 with a standing-room-only crowd. The group was named the Pooler Catholic Community.

After initiating a capital campaign under the leadership of co-chairs Barbara Goodwin and Dozier Cook, the members of the Pooler Catholic Communityraised the funds needed to clear ground donated by the Diocese of Savannah, at 1745 Benton Blvd. As plans for a new church were underway, the groundbreaking took place in October 2017.

On the feast of Corpus Christi, June 15, 2016, the Bishop announced that the new church would be named Corpus Christi Catholic Church— the Body of Christ.

The 17,000 square foot multipurpose building will be used for worship, pastoral offices and religious education. Future plans call for a sanctuary to be built at the location.

Felder & Associatesserved as the lead architect and R. W. Allenwas the commercial general contractor for the project.

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associatesspecializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associatesis a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerceand Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designersand the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associatesis a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associatesreceived a historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundationand the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associatesrecently completed the Grey restaurantin the former Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net

Enmarket Announces New Headquarters Location on Chatham Parkway

Enmarket Announces New Headquarters Location on Chatham Parkway
Plans New Offices, Revamped Retail and Other Buildings at Major Intersection

(SAVANNAH, GA) Enmarket, the Savannah-based convenience store chain, plans to build a new headquarters building as part of a new complex at Ogeechee Road and Chatham Parkway. The lot has been cleared and site work is currently underway.

“The Enmarketstore count has increased by 66 stores since 2017, doubling in the last year alone, and creating more jobs that support our store operations,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “These new jobs that are based out of our Savannah headquarters include positions in accounting, marketing, facilities and maintenance, information technology, and operations. We are excited to have this opportunity to build a state-of-the-art office for our employees.”

Enmarket

(Left to right) Peter Meyer, Director of Construction & Facilities; Angie Bivens, Director of Finance; Doug Carroll, Director of Real Estate; Matt Clements, Vice President of Marketing; Brett Giesick, President; Libby Bates, Vice President of Operations; Brent Scoggins, Construction Manager

The company will build a new 22,000-square-foot office structure along with a second building of equal size that will be used as flex space and will provide room for future expansion.

The Enmarketstore currently on the site will be rebuilt as a 5,900-square-foot Enmarket, complete with a 70-foot tunnel car wash. The store, car wash and offices are scheduled to open later this year.

Savannah-based general contractor West Construction Companyhas been selected as the builder for the project and construction is underway. WCCPresident Matt West states, “Enmarkethas been a great corporate citizen in Savannah since 1963, and we’re proud that they have entrusted our team with this important chapter in their storied history.”

Included in the plans are two out-parcel lots earmarked for future development, sale or lease. The new headquarters is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2019.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarketcurrently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 123 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com

ABOUT WEST CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
West Construction Companyis a Savannah, Ga. based general contractor specializing in commercial construction. The company prides itself on its conscientious customer service and dedication to its clients as well as the community. For more information about West Construction Company, go to www.westgc.com.

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Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
Enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

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Felder & Associates Launches New Website Designed by Speros

Felder & Associates Launches New Website Designed by Speros

(SAVANNAH, GA) Felder & Associateshas just launched their redesigned website, felderassociates.net.

Designed by Speros, a full-service technology company in Savannah, the site has been restructured to better feature the architecture and design firm’s growing portfolio of work specializing in historic preservation, architectural design, project management, construction administration and interior design.

Felder & Associates New Website

“It was becoming more apparent the old website was not structurally well suited to showcasing our increasing number of photos and content,” said Brian Felder, the firm’s managing principal. “We wanted a site that better reflected our company’s character and standards and behaved consistently in different browsers. I’m pleased to say the Sperosteam was able to accomplish that.”

Lauren Dingus, Speros’ director of web design and marketing, updated the site’s visible aspects, first by repurposing a video highlighting various steps of the design process. It is now featured prominently on the home page and provides background interest while visitors browse through the site’s streamlined navigation menu.

Divided into three distinct sectors, Felder & Associates’ updated project portfolio features a variety of residential and religious projects, as well as some of the firm’s best known commercial work.

“We were able to create a more organized project portfolio and to assist viewers looking for specific work, as well as press releases and award information,” said Dingus. “The new navigation makes it easier for viewers to stay on the site while they move around and find the information they need.”

Felder & Associates’ updated website also includes information about the firm’s history and its growing team of associates, as well as a news gallery. For more information, visit https://felderassociates.net/

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associatesspecializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. Felder & Associatesis a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, Historic Savannah Foundation, the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, the United States Green Building Council and the International Interior Design Association.

Recognition includes 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 & Associatesis located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net

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Cynthia Cradduck
Junior Partner
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
cynthia@crussomarketing.com

National Recognition Given to Felder & Associates for Bouhan Falligant Design

National Recognition Given to Felder & Associates for Bouhan Falligant Design

(SAVANNAH, GA) Felder & Associates, a Savannah architecture and design firm, has been named as a Silver Winner in the 2018 Brick in ArchitectureAwards program. Felder was recognized in the commercial category for its work on the Bouhan Falligant building at 1 West Park Ave.

Felderserved as the design firm for the structure that anchors the south end of Savannah’s Forsyth Park and is the new home for the city’s oldest law firm.

“It is an honor to receive national recognition from our industry peers on this team effort,” said Brian Felder, managing principal of Felder & Associates. “We researched the design and construction details of several comparable historic buildings in Savannah in developing this project and determined that brick was the right selection and the best medium to achieve the desired outcome. Our partners Palmetto Brick Company, Cornerstone Masonryand West Construction were instrumental in the success of the project. Utilizing our very detailed drawings, Cornerstone Masonry’s crews of masons executed their work with a high degree of skill and accuracy.”

Each year, the Brick Industry Association(BIA) recognizes the country’s most visionary projects that incorporate fired-clay brick. This year, 19 projects were selected from 88 entries, spanning commercial, educational, landscaping and residential categories.

Founded in 1934, BIAis the nationally recognized authority on clay brick construction representing the nation’s distributors and manufacturers of clay brick and suppliers of related products.

The 2018 award recipients will be featured in the December issue of Architectmagazine.

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associatesspecializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Felder & Associatesis a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation, the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, the United States Green Building Council and the International Interior Design Association. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Junior Partner
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
cynthia@crussomarketing.com

Arya Hospitality to Break Ground on New Retail Center in Savannah Oct. 12

Arya Hospitality to Break Ground on New Retail Center in Savannah Oct. 12

(SAVANNAH, GA) Arya Hospitality, a development and investment company, will break ground on a new retail center in Savannah on Friday, October 12, at 11:00 a.m. The Dewitt Tilton Grouphas been contracted to construct the new property, which will be called the Chatham Exchange and will be located at the corner of Chatham Parkway and Highway 17.

The Arya Hospitality portfolio of hotels includes an array of iconic brands such as Intercontinental Hotels, Radisson Hotel Group and Choice Hotels. This is Arya Hospitality’s first retail center of its kind.

“We are ecstatic to build this center in Savannah,” said Neil Sharma, Vice President of Arya Hospitality. “The center is situated at a prime, central location in the county and will have a sleek, contemporary feel to it. The design is something that the area really hasn’t seen yet, and we are looking forward to bringing this style to this part of town.”

The 8,787 sq. ft. building will have excellent visibility at the high traffic intersection of 33,000 vehicles and will be leased to various retailers. Tenants will enjoy the ease of access along with supporting residences, corporate offices and institutional businesses. The space’s design is ideal for a host of businesses including fast food restaurants, salons of every kind, medical use, postal and cellular carriers.

“We’re ready to get moving,” remarked Chris Tilton, president and co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group. “It is important to us to create a building that exemplifies the Aryabrand and the standards set by the company’s portfolio of companies across the U.S.”

Arya Hospitality’s developments in the Savannah area include the Candlewood Suites at Savannah Airport, the Holiday Inn in Savannah’s Historic District and Clarion Inn and Suites at Savannah Gateway/I-95.

“We chose the Dewitt Tilton Groupbecause we know they’ll be able to handle the challenges of a complicated and demanding design-build,” added Sharma. “They can navigate through the myriad of local code and other red tape issues to help the process go smoothly and efficiently.”

The construction of the new center is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2019. The center is located at 4317 Ogeechee Road, Savannah, GA 31405.

MORE INFORMATION ON ARYA HOSPITALITY
Arya Hospitalityis a local, family owned and operated development and investment company, which has over 30 years of development and management experience. It owns and operates an array of hospitality and retail properties in the Savannah area and Midwest U.S. For more information, visit www.aryahospitality.com.

MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., 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 walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Groupbrings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities that guarantee a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. 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 Wright
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075.
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com

A Tale of Two Houses on Tybee Island

A Tale of Two Houses on Tybee Island

Felder & Associates, a Savannah architecture firm, was recently asked to work on a project that would encompass renovating an historic Tybee raised cottage that had sheltered four generations of one family. They were also commissioned to build a companion structure on the adjacent lots.

The historic Tybee Island property included a Tybee cottage built in 1935 on two beachfront lots and two empty adjacent lots. The two grandchildren of the original owners divided the property, the granddaughter receiving the historic house, and the grandson the two empty lots.

Tybee Cottage renovated by Felder & Associates

Tybee Cottage

 

The new owners selected Felder & Associatesto renovate the cottage and build a new house on the two remaining lots. Felder & Associatescreated a unique design that included incorporating green passive elements to catch breezes and shield direct sunlight. They also added solar panels to the roofs to capitalize on Tybee’s Solarize program, which offered a 30 percent federal tax credit through 2016.

“We performed sun-angle studies for every season and then made slight adjustments on porches and overhangs to make sure the sun would not shine directly into the house,” said Brian Felder, the firm’s principal. “We were also careful to place the new house so it would be in balance with the old house and the environment.” Felder & Associatesaimed to have the smallest footprint possible. Felder said, “While we were allowed to have a 50 percent impact on the dune protection zone, the new house has only a 10 to 15 percent impact.”

Felder respected the integrity of the original cottage to celebrate the traditional Tybee architecture. With one minor addition, the cottage retained its wrap-around porch, servant quarters and wood paneling. Felder even removed more recent vinyl siding to expose the original mitered cypress siding.

“The house needed to look the way it always did,” Felder said. “The flow of public space remains what it always was. The only change we made was to swap the kitchen and bedroom and then add a master suite tucked away on the land side.” The original floors and on-site built doors and windows remain along with the original board-and-batten interior walls.

Felder considered family input and a great deal of research on the cottage’s history before updating the traditional structure. To renovate it without having to bring it up to FEMA guidelines, Felder had the home designated as an historic structure.

“Tybee cottages were built with materials that are superior to what we have today,” he said. “They have amazing structural members made of cedar or cypress that have lasted 80 to 90 years. The house sits on reinforced concrete piers. Every surface in the house is wood. There are no issues with mold and mildew that come with drywall. It performs well in open air. And while it sits low to the ground and could be prone to the occasional tropical storm surge, it is not as vulnerable as the newer homes that code requires to be built up on stilts. Some of them are like sails in the wind.”

The new home was built before the original cottage renovations were underway. Constructed of concrete and steel with wood framing, it has an exterior of Hardi Plank siding painted Cape Cod gray and accented with a sandy-tan trim. The inspiration for this choice came from an architectural model of a building the owners had seen in a museum. They asked Felder to bring its nautical motion and movement into the façade of their new home.

House built by Felder & Associates

Felder incorporated the floor plan of the traditional cottage into the new home, flipping it upside-down in the three-story structure. In accordance with code, a garage and elevator entrance is on the street level. Above that are the bedrooms, and the main living area is situated on the top floor, with breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

ABOUT FELDER & ASSOCIATES
Established in 2012, Felder & Associatesspecializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The firm has a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associatesis a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associatesreceived a historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundationand the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associatesrecently completed the Grey restaurant in the former Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Junior Partner
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
cynthia@crussomarketing.com

Felder & Associates Receives Historic Savannah Foundation Award for Levy House

Felder & Associates Receives Historic Savannah Foundation Award for Levy House
(SAVANNAH, GA) At the Savannah Golf Club, the Historic Savannah Foundation continued a month-long celebration of preservation with its annual Preservation Awards Luncheon. The nonprofit organization presented awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in preservation in Savannah and Chatham County.
During the luncheon, generously sponsored by KEIM Mineral Coatings of Savannah, Inc., Historic Savannah Foundation recognized 14 projects and individuals including 4 8th Street, Tybee (Levy Beach Cottage Renovation).
 
Owner: Joan and Gary Levy
Architect: Brian K. Felder AIA, Felder & Associates
Contractor: Tony Reardon, Tony Reardon Construction Co.
“Our organization is honored to present these businesses, individuals, and properties with preservation awards to commend their advancement of preservation in our community,” Historic Savannah Foundation President and CEO Daniel Carey said. “These award-winners truly represent Historic Savannah Foundation’s mission of saving buildings, places, and stories that define Savannah’s past, present, and future.”
Preservation Award nominations are judged on the following general criteria:
  • Quality and degree of difficulty of the nominee’s project
  • The degree to which the nominee’s project or effort is unusual or pioneering, or serves as an example that influences good preservation practices
  • Demonstrable or measurable impact of nominee’s project on the community

Felder & Associates Receives Award

Pictured: Carrie Harvill (Office Manager at Felder & Associates), Gretchen Callejas (Architect at Felder & Associates), Joan Levy (Owner)

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 a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation, the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, the United States Green Building Council and the International Interior Design Association. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net
MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Junior Partner

Workshop and Luncheon Explained the Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project

Workshop and Luncheon Explained the Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project
Presentation held by The Dewitt Tilton Group

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group hosted luncheon workshop at the Savannah Golf Club, presenting “From Buying the Dirt to Obtaining the Permit: The Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project.”

Kim Thomas, director of operations for the Dewitt Tilton Group discussed the permitting process and zoning regulations, and Chris Tilton, president and co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group, spoke on selecting the perfect location for a project and what unexpected road bumps you might encounter when you find it.

“Unforeseen site work to prepare the land for building is easily the most troublesome issue among our clients,” said Tilton, “It’s important to look at a lot holistically, rather than focusing on its price per acre. Purchasing land without considering the quality of the dirt already on it, for example, can be an enormous oversight.”

Tilton also talked about how crucial it is to be aware of details such as how flood zones will affect building codes, the presence of zoning laws and local regulations and whether the lot has existing access to utilities, all of which can significantly delay construction projects if they catch buyers off-guard.

“We wanted to share some of the lessons our years of experience have taught us about commercial construction,” said Tilton, “For example, it’s easy for people to fall into the trap of believing they have found a great deal purchasing land, only to incur huge setbacks when faced with site work and permitting. Buying land for commercial construction is a big investment, so we want to provide prospective buyers with the resources they need to make informed decisions that will benefit them in the long run.”

For more information on the luncheon or on commercial construction, call (912) 777-3404 or visit http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/.

MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., 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 walk through. 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 located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. 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 Wright
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075
www.ceciliarussomarketing.com

Public Invited to Workshop and Luncheon Explaining the Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project

Public Invited to Workshop and Luncheon Explaining the Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project
Presentation to be held on May 3 by The Dewitt Tilton Group

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group will host a luncheon workshop on May 3 at the Savannah Golf Club for a presentation on “From Buying the Dirt to Obtaining the Permit: The Critical Steps to Starting a Commercial Construction Project.”

The event is intended for realtors, business owners, individuals in commercial construction and anyone with an interest in the field. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/

Chris Tilton, president and co-founder of the Dewitt Tilton Group, will kick off the workshop with a talk on selecting the perfect location for your project and what unexpected road bumps you might encounter when you find it.

Kim Thomas, director of operations for the Dewitt Tilton Group will then discuss the permitting process and zoning regulations.

“A lot of considerations go into commercial construction projects, and many people don’t know what exactly they’re looking for when it comes to property selection, permit applications and everything that follows,” said Tilton, “We started this workshop to share the knowledge we have gained with our combined 50 years in business.”

Space is limited. For more information on the luncheon or on commercial construction, call (912) 777-3404 or visit http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/.

DTG Commercial Construction Workshop Invitation

MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., 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 walk through. 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 located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. 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 Wright
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia@crussomarketing.com
912.856.9075
www.ceciliarussomarketing.com

Felder & Associates Adapts Historic Home for Savannah African Art Museum

Felder & Associates Adapts Historic Home for Savannah African Art Museum

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah African Art Museum is moving to a larger and more accessible space.

Currently housed at 111 E. 34th St., the museum’s collection of more than 1,000 pieces of mostly central and western African artwork will relocate to a 6,000-square-foot historic home at 201 E. 37th St. in late summer.

Savannah architecture and design firm Felder & Associates is adapting the building, which was built in 1922 as a luxury home for a local family, for its new role. The structure was most recently used for an antiques mall.

“Our mission is to adapt a historic house from a retail environment into something of a neutral background for a vast collection of mostly three-dimensional sculptures, some of which have never been shown because of lack of space,” said Brian Felder, founder and principal of Felder & Associates. “Because of its size, this building is perfect for the African Art Museum as the large rooms are ideal for displaying his collection.”

The African art, representative of about 22 countries and 130 cultures and ethnic groups in central and west Africa, is collected by Don Kole, a local businessman and philanthropist, who has amassed the collection in extensive travels over the past 30 years. The artwork showcases a range of ceremonial and spiritual objects from the 19th and 20th centuries made from ceramics, metal, and wood.

“I’ve always been a collector and used to collect art of central and south America,” Kole said. “One day I went into a shop and saw this African art that was magnificent and sophisticated. I have been collecting it ever since.”.

For years, Kole stored the artwork at his property management office. Then, in 2014, he exhibited a portion of his metal works collection at Armstrong State University and saw a need to extend the educational opportunity to groups from Savannah’s public and private schools, especially to students who may know little of their ancestral homeland.

When a former photography studio across the street from his office became available a couple of years ago, he opened the nonprofit Savannah African Art Museum but soon realized he needed more space for the artwork, much of which was still in storage, as well as off-street parking.

At the same time, Felder’s team was working with the seller of the former antiques mall to find an opportunity to repurpose the space when Kole called to ask about the property.

“Brian Felder and his company have been wonderful,” Kole said. “Right from the start they understood what I wanted. The plans are phenomenal, and they’re a pleasure to work with.”

Felder & Associates has teamed with Bloomquist Construction and Chatham Engineering on the project, which is underway.

When the museum opens in its new, larger space in late summer, admission will continue to be free. The Savannah African Art Museum is a 501©3 nonprofit organization with the mission of providing an engaging experience and to start conversations about the power, diversity and spirituality of African art. It’s open at 111 E. 34th St. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information or to book a school tour, call (912) 421-8168 or visit online at https://www.facebook.com/SavannahAfricanArtMuseum/

Felder and Associates Start Work on African Art Museum in Savannah

(LEFT) Don Kole, art collector and founder of the Savannah African Art Museum and (RIGHT) Brian Felder, founder and principal of Felder & Associates, stand in front of the 6,000-square-foot historic home being adapted to showcase the artwork.

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 a staff of LEED accredited architects and interior designers who focus on sustainability. Locally, Felder & Associates is a member of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm is nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the United States Green Building Council. Felder & Associates is a member of the International Interior Design Association. In 2014, Felder & Associates received a historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundation and the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. Felder & Associates recently completed the Grey restaurant in the former Greyhound bus depot in the Savannah historic district. The firm is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Junior Partner
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
cynthia@crussomarketing.com

Chris Tilton of Dewitt Tilton Group Attains Unlimited Contractor’s License in South Carolina

Chris Tilton of Dewitt Tilton Group Attains Unlimited Contractor’s License in South Carolina

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Savannah-based Dewitt Tilton Group has announced that company president and co-founder Chris Tilton has attained the South Carolina Unlimited Building Contractor’s license.

Although Tilton was previously licensed by National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies to work in Georgia and South Carolina, the unlimited license allows his company to take on a greater scope of commercial projects in the Palmetto State, as well as other types of building construction. It also allows Tilton access to take a business law exam in 26 different states for licensing.

Chris Tilton

Chris Tilton, Dewitt Tilton Group, a Commercial Construction Company

“This certification means a great deal to me because my love for construction was born in South Carolina,” Tilton said. “The Lowcountry is an important place in my past, and it is a big part of my future.”

“When I was a child, we lived on Dove Street in the North Forest Beach area of Hilton Head Island, which was still a small, rural place,” Tilton said. “My dad was a South Carolina Lowcountry homebuilder and one of only three builders on the island back in the 1960s. From a very young age, I was often at the side of my father’s trim carpenter, learning the business as a hands-on helper.”

When Tilton moved to Savannah, he and his future business partner, Andrew Dewitt, became high school friends. They would later found the company that bears their names after seeing the need for a Savannah firm that would focus on new commercial construction and could manage every aspect of a project from pre-construction through completion.

Tilton is a licensed general contractor in Georgia and South Carolina and is a Georgia registered real estate appraiser. Andrew Dewitt carries certifications as a real estate appraiser in Georgia and South Carolina and is a member of the Savannah Board of Realtors. Together, they have more than 50 years of experience in the local construction industry.

MORE ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP:
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have more than 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 walk through. Known for using only reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities that guarantee a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. 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 Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075