Felder & Associates Receives Two 2017 Preservation Awards from Historic Savannah Foundation
Savannah Architecture Firm Honored for Work on Atlantic and Vic’s on the River
(SAVANNAH, GA) Felder & Associates, a Savannah architecture firm, has received two Historic Savannah Foundation 2017 Preservation Awards for their rehabilitation projects for two of the city’s best-known upscale restaurants, the Atlantic and Vic’s on the River.
Both projects were recognized for their preservation of history.
Atlantic, 102 E. Victory Drive, opened initially in 1930 as the Atlantic Refining Company Service Station for car washing and servicing.
Vic’s on the River, 12-42 E. Bay St., which opened as Stoddard’s Range, was designed and built in 1859 by John Norris under the supervision of John Stoddard.
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The Atlantic Refining Company Service Station on the corner of Victory Drive and Drayton Street was renovated into professional offices in 1965 when the structure lost some of its original architecture.
Thirty years later, the space gained a new owner and underwent remodeling until 2015 when the current owner and general manager, Jason Restivo, bought the property. Brian Felder from Felder & Associates and Restivo worked together to revitalize the original structure.To comply with site restrictions and zoning regulations, a low concrete wall with benches and planters was built to create a gathering space for guests to socialize around a central fire pit. Outdoor seating also is nestled under a large oak tree with intimate custom lighting.
The primary interior area occupies the former portico and seats about 40 guests. Exposed brick and rafters, concrete flooring, and fresh new colors create a dual ambiance of traditional and modern.
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The space at Vic’s on the River has been home to a variety of businesses since it was built in 1859. Vic’s eventually came to occupy two of the bays on the third, fourth and fifth levels of the building and now fills three more stories of an adjacent bay as well.
The ironwork balconies and railings replicate their historic precedents. The openness of the bay was preserved through dividing walls. All historic lath and plaster, as well as wrought iron surrounds, were saved and restored. The owner also rebuilt fireplaces to match the original designs.
For more information on these projects or to contact Felder & Associates, call (912) 777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net
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 also nationally connected in the American Institutes of Architects and the United States Green Building Council.
In 2014, Felder & Associates received an historic preservation award from the Historic Savannah Foundation and the best architecture firm award from Savannah Magazine. In 2015, the firm was recognized with the AIA Georgia 2015 Design Award in Renovation.
Felder & Associates has completed several well-known projects in the Savannah area, including: The Grey on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd; The United Community Bank on Johnson Square; Atlantic at the corner of Drayton Street and Victory Drive; the Bouhan Falligant building on Park Avenue; and the Ghost Coast Distillery on Indian Street.
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
ABOUT HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION
Historic Savannah Foundation is a nonprofit historic preservation organization supported by a strong and dedicated membership. It was established in 1955 to save the 1820 Isaiah Davenport House from demolition. From this initial project, Historic Savannah Foundation launched a revolving fund that has saved 360-plus buildings. The mission of Historic Savannah Foundation is to preserve and protect Savannah’s heritage through advocacy, education and community involvement. For more information, visit www.myHSF.org or www.DavenportHouseMuseum.org.
Attorney Julie Wade Selected as Executive Director of Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter
Savannah attorney and school board member Julie Wade has been named executive director of the Park Place Outreach — Youth Emergency Shelter, which provides support and temporary residential services for at-risk children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area.
Wade will succeed Linda Hilts, who’s retiring after 20 years, and will take office on May 8.
“I am honored to be selected for this position, and to build on the excellent programs Linda Hilts began and fostered over the past 20 years,” Wade said. “She became the voice of homeless and unaccompanied youth in our community, and I am eager to continue to work on their behalf.”
Park Place Outreach board chairman Todd Cellini praised Wade’s legal background and her experience in student and child advocacy.
“As a sitting board member of the Savannah-Chatham public school system, she has an extensive understanding of our largest population of at-risk children,” Cellini said. “Having served in various board positions for several non-profit organizations, she also has vast fundraising experience as well as expertise in grants compliance.”
Under Hilts’s leadership, Park Place Outreach helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more found stability through its non-residential programs. She developed many of the organization’s ongoing services, including the Street Outreach Program team, which offers peer mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to older youth, up to age 21, who are in need but might not wish to come to the shelter.
“My goal over the next few weeks is to meet with the board members and staff, along with community members and supporters,” Wade said. “By helping to ensure a smooth leadership transition, I will be able to focus from day one on continuing to provide a safe and loving environment to the youth who come to Park Place Outreach for assistance.”
Wade, a native of Atlanta, attended Georgia public schools from kindergarten until college. She attended the University of Georgia and then the University of Georgia School of Law. Currently, she is a lawyer at The Wade Law Firm in Savannah, with a focus on federal criminal defense and civil litigation. Additionally, Wade serves on the Board of Education for the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, a position she has held since 2011. Wade will continue her service on the Board of Education as she assumes this new position with Park Place Outreach.
Previously, she served as an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Georgia from 2007 to 2008 as the Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, prosecuting violations of federal law, including child exploitation, firearms, narcotics, fraud, and immigration.
She is chair of the board of directors for Girls on the Run and chairwoman of United Way Women’s Legacy Council. She also serves on the boards of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and Educate Chatham Foundation.
Wade is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and Leadership Georgia. She has been honored by the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 and as a Next Generation Rising Star by Savannah Magazine and Business in Savannah. She recently received the Coastal Center for Developmental Services’ Vicki Loughrey Volunteer Advocacy Award as well as the John B. Miller Service Award from the Savannah Bar Association.
She and her husband have three children who attend public school.
MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come into the shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, Park Place Outreach has helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more find stability through its non-residential programs. Park Place Outreach is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).
Speros Vice President , Heather Radtke to Speak at Savannah Chamber’s May 2 SMART Luncheon on How to Prevent Hackers from Compromising Business Security
(SAVANNAH, GA) Heather Radtke, Vice President of Speros, Inc., on Tuesday, May 2, will discuss five steps small business owners can take to avoid having their data hacked.
Radtke will outline the suggested safeguards during the Savannah Chamber’s Small Business Council SMART Luncheon from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Savannah Morning News auditorium, 1375 Chatham Parkway.
“If you are a small business owner, there is a 50-50 chance your company will be the victim of a cyber attack,” Radtke says. “But there are several things you can do to safeguard your online data and avoid being hacked, or minimize the impact.”
Radtke will outline five ways small business owners can lessen their chances of a data breach, including how often and where they should back up data. She will also discuss firewalls, antivirus software and anti-spam systems and will dispense tips on detecting hackers and minimizing damage if an attack should occur.
“Like any emergency plan, business owners need to have a plan in place in advance so they can respond quickly if their computer system is hacked,” Radtke says. “This includes everything from physically disconnecting computers from the network to breaking the news to business partners, vendors, customers and other stakeholders.”
The event is for Savannah Chamber of Commerce members only. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the cost is $12.
RSVP at SPainter@SavannahChamber.com or call 912-644-6458. Small Business Council SMART Luncheons are hosted each month with guest speakers presenting topics relevant to small business owners and employees.
MORE INFORMATION ON SPEROS
Established in 1984, Speros provides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design, branding solutions and cloud computing. Speros team members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cone Art Exhibit Reception to Benefit Anderson Cancer Institute Announced for May 18
Savannah Artist Unveils Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures at 24e Design Co.
(Savannah, GA) The Savannah artist Jim Cone announces a fine art exhibition with the opening reception to be held on Thursday, May 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 24e Design Co., located at 24 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401. The exhibition will be showcased at 24e and run from Thursday, May 18 until Sunday, June 25.
Showcasing different fine art works such as drawings, paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces, this art exhibition will be a rare opportunity to view Cone’s work as he does not often publicly show his art. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI) at Memorial University Medical Center. ACI provides cancer screening, diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, support services, and long-term follow-up for cancer patients.
Cone has been creating art for over 40 years, but after a recent bout with cancer, he has been energized with creativity and decided he wanted to use his talent to help others.
Ruel Joyner, owner of 24e Design Co., has known Cone for a number of years and feels honored to showcase his work at 24e Design Co., calling Cone’s work a pure form of passion. “Jim has painted for pleasure for over four decades. He started his artistic works in his spare time while working a full-time job at Georgia Power, and after his cancer he really focused on his talents. In a way, Dr. Guy Petruzzelli and the professional staff at Memorial gave him a new lease on life, and presented him with a new creative chapter in his life after cancer.”
At the exhibit, somewhere between 100 and 150 pieces will be unveiled including, “Tybee Nudes” and “Street People”. Street People, a series of paintings, was inspired by a found object (a round piece of metal) from the streets of Savannah, which had been bent into a shape that portrayed the image of a face. There are 20-plus “Street People” in the series to date.
“I offer the ‘Street People’ series as an artful way to introduce the viewer to a personality of a person living on the streets,” said Cone. “I want you to really see that person as an individual and feel that person’s struggle. We should all be inspired in our hearts to reach out and help the homeless street people in our community.”
In his distinctive style, and with vibrant colors, Cone pushes cubism forward. Considered to be the first abstract style of modern art, Cubist artists try to piece together fragments from different vantage points into one painting. With the spirit of inclusion, one can see the incorporation of cubism in almost all of Cone’s artwork. The bold expression of color often separates and defines Cone’s cubist works from those cubist works by others like Picasso and Braque.
Cone said, “For me, there needs to be a perfect mixture of creative energy, thought and muse, along with colorful paint, and countless brush strokes onto a wanting canvas, all to bring about a wonderful work of art. It’s making creative love.”
For more information on the Anderson Cancer Institute, visit aci.memorialhealth.com
ABOUT CONE COLLECTION
Jim Cone began painting in the mid-‘70s and works mostly with oil on canvas, often embellishing each piece with found objects such as paper, wood and metal. Inspired by nature and artists Picasso, Braque, Matisse and Cezanne, Cone’s collection includes drawings, paintings, mixed media assemblages, sculptures, and art sticks. To view his work, visit https://conecollection.com
Preciball USA Holds Grand Opening of New Distribution Center in Pooler
(POOLER, GA) Preciball USA hosted the grand opening of its almost 40,000 square ft, North American distribution center. A grand opening reception was held at the facility in the Westside Business Park on U.S. Hwy. 80 in Pooler, just west of Savannah.
Preciball, the world leader in the manufacture and supply of industrial ball bearing products, engaged the Dewitt Tilton Group of Savannah to build the new facility near the Port of Savannah at the Westside Business Park. After the ribbon cutting, guests were invited to tour the new facility.
“We are excited about showing off our new building, which was thoughtfully designed and constructed with energy efficient features and effective land use,” said Don Peak, Vice President of Preciball USA, Inc. “It has a number of unique aspects in that it provides this flexible space and is adaptable to Preciball’s rapidly expanding growth. The interior of the building was designed by my partner, Elizabeth Hancock, and finished in such a way as to preserve the industrial-modern feel of our business and accommodate future staffing additions.”
Chris Tilton, President and co-founder of Dewitt Tilton Group, said his firm is honored that Preciball selected them for the project.
“One of the more interesting aspects of this project was placing the building on a very challenging site, but we were able to come up with a design that fits well in the space and works well with high-volume truck traffic,” Tilton said. “The exposed ductwork and spiral staircase leading to the second floor really gives the space a feel of a New York City industrial loft. We also designed the building with translucent paneling throughout to optimize natural lighting.”
Dewitt Tilton Group was honored with Star Building Systems’ Master Builder Award for its Preciball project. This award recognizes member builders for excellence in design and construction. The Best of the District Award for the Mid-South District went to Dewitt Tilton Group at Star’s 2017 National Meeting.
The structure itself incorporates office suites and warehouse space. Preciball occupies about half of the facility; the remaining space is leased by two other businesses. Key features include the building’s high-efficiency warehouse lighting and HVAC equipment, as well as dock-high loading doors and dock levelers. The warehouse space has wide clear-span truss construction.
From its Savannah distribution center, Preciball provides products manufactured all over the world to customers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, which made the company’s proximity to Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, the Georgia Port, interstates I-95 and I-16 a key factor in the company’s decision to select the Pooler site.
MORE INFORMATION ON PRECIBALL USA
Preciball is the world leader in the manufacture and supply of industrial ball bearings. Established in Belgium in 1923, the company has provided tailored solutions to a wide variety of industries for nearly 100 years. This long-standing commitment to excellence and dedication to customers has earned customer appreciation for the company’s advanced expertise and a thorough understanding of hundreds of specific applications and processes in industries around the globe. Preciball USA, located in Savannah, Ga., is Preciball’s North American distribution center for the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information about Preciball USA, call (912) 988-5900 or email email@example.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 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 http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com/.
Cynthia Wright, One of Savannah’s Rising Stars of Business, to be honored Jan. 18
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah magazine and BiS (Business in Savannah) are recognizing Generation NEXT, Savannah’s Rising Stars of Business.
For the seventh year in a row, the two publications have teamed up to profile the area’s 40-and-under leaders who have distinguished themselves by their professional achievements and philanthropic service within Savannah and the Coastal Empire.
“The breadth and depth of talent and creativity exhibited by the Generation NEXT class of 2017 assures me that the future of our community is in good hands,” said Amy Paige Condon, editor of Savannah magazine. “Individually and collectively, these young leaders possess such a strong commitment to building their businesses here and an even stronger ethic for giving back to greater Savannah. They stand shoulder to shoulder with previous honorees, and I’m eager to see what impact they’ll have in the years ahead.”
Winners of the 2017 “Generation NEXT: Savannah’s Rising Stars of Business” are:
- Candace Adkins, Ameris Bank
- Kristen Baird-Rabun, Kristen Baird Fine Jewelry
- Erica Cannon, Savannah Pet Sitters LLC
- Emily M. Doherty, Georgia Tech Savannah
- Vernon Donovan, Vernon Donovan State Farm Insurance
- Christy Edwards, Horizons Savannah
- Bryan Ferris, JE Dunn Construction
- Jack H. Green Jr., Northwestern Mutual
- Jamie Gwaltney, Moffatt & Nichol
- Jackie Johnson, Page International Inc.
- Jessica L. Kelly, Engel & Völkers Savannah
- Britnee Kinard, SD Gunner Fund
- Heather Lundy, Hunter Maclean
- Kris Patel, HOS Management
- Brian J. Prevatt, CPA, Hancock Askew & Co. LLP
- Ryan Sewell, TK, CPCU, Seacrest Partners Inc.
- Whitney Shephard, Green Truck Pub
- Meredith Anne Sutton, Service Brewing
- Anthony Valdez, Clark Creative
- Cynthia Wright, Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing
These honorees will be featured in the January/February 2017 issue of Savannah magazine, on SavannahMagazine.com and in the Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2016, issue of BiS.
The 20 dreamers and doers who comprise Generation NEXT will be honored at an event hosted at Cohen’s Retreat, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 5715 Skidaway Road.
Tickets are $20. Admission includes light appetizers and two drink tickets. A cash bar will be available. Tickets can be purchased at generationnext2017.cityspin.com.
JE Dunn Construction is the Gold Sponsor, and Service Brewing Co. is the Bronze Sponsor.
Business in Savannah (BiS) and Savannah magazine are both publications of the Savannah Morning News. Since 2009, the monthly BiS has been keeping Savannahians apprised of the business trends shaping our city’s economy. Go to businessinsavannah.com.
For 27 years, the bimonthly Savannah magazine has served as Savannah’s premier city magazine, interpreting the community’s unique cultural identity with smart, layered, inclusive stories and arresting imagery. For a curated escape from the everyday, go to SavannahMagazine.com.
The Savannah Morning News is owned by Morris Publishing Group LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morris Communications Company LLC. The Savannah Morning News publishes six weekly newspapers, numerous monthly publications for the Savannah and Lowcountry area and digitally publishes at savannahnow.com. Its diverse portfolio also offers a wide range of digital services, solutions and websites, community events, commercial printing and a ticketing platform.
Cynthia Wright is the Junior Partner at Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing, where she oversees business development, manages the Visibility Team, and coordinates reputation management strategies for clients, media relations and online SEO-PR.
Cynthia was named a Rising Star in Business by Savannah Magazine and Savannah Morning News in 2017. She serves as President of the Savannah Jaycees, which is celebrating their 75th anniversary.
Cynthia graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors in Communications focusing on Public Relations. She is one of six students to receive L.E.A.P. certification, which recognizes PR professionals who have gone through Leadership, Experience in Communication, Academics, and Professionalism training. Cynthia also received a certification from the Dale Carnegie LIVE online training program, Getting Results Without Authority, and Savannah Speechcraft for Professional Women course sponsored by Toastmasters International. In 2004, she earned national recognition at the International Student Media Festival for “Escape from Vietnam,” a website created by Cynthia and three of her peers.
Cynthia was the Publicity Chairperson for the Savannah United in Prayer event held on September 11, 2016, in Forsyth Park by the Community Intercessors. Cynthia has additionally supported community relations efforts of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The Gretchen Greene School of Dance Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New Studio on Whitemarsh Island
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Gretchen Greene School of Dance (GGSOD, LLC/TNT) will host a grand opening celebration for its new studio on Wednesday, November 2. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m.
During the event, there will be a raffle benefiting Healthy Savannah. Donations will also be collected.
Located at 1007 Bryan Woods Loop on Whitemarsh Island, near the intersection of Bryan Woods Road and Highway 80, the new studio was designed and built by the Dewitt Tilton Group to provide more space and more accessibility to accommodate the different levels and needs of the students.
“We are looking forward to this event to show how proud we are of our new studio’s spacious design which will allow us to share the art of dance with more students in Savannah,” said co-owner Travis Dodd. “Encouraging health and wellness was always one of our missions at Gretchen Greene School of Dance, so being able to help Healthy Savannah through our grand opening celebration is a win-win.”
When Gretchen Greene (now Gretchen Dodd) completed her run as one of the famous Radio City Music Hall Rockettes in New York City, she returned to her hometown of Savannah and opened her first studio in 1969. Now almost 50 years later, she is joined by her two grown children, Trina and Travis, who are proud to help Gretchen achieve her dream of sharing the joy of dance with students, their families and the community.
Gretchen, Trina and Travis will all cut the ribbon on the new facility.
Immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours will be available for guests along with refreshments and a prize giveaway.
“We were honored to work on this project because we know it will positively touch so many lives in our community,” said Kim Thomas, director of operations at Dewitt Tilton Group. “What makes the new dance studio stand out is not only the flow and function of the building but the curb appeal. The new facility features a fully covered, two-lane drop-off and pick-up station for the dance students.”
“The team at Dewitt Tilton Group has been great with solving problems during the design build,” added Dodd. ”They helped us with real estate and closing issues, enabling the process to go smoothly and efficiently.”
The ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration are free and open to the public. For more information or to contact the Gretchen Greene School of Dance, call 912.897.4235 or visit http://www.ggsod.com
MORE INFORMATION ON GRETCHEN GREENE SCHOOL OF DANCE
When Gretchen Greene (now Gretchen Dodd) completed her run as one of the famous Radio City Music Hall Rockettes in New York City, she returned to her hometown of Savannah and promptly opened her first studio. The doors have been open ever since. She is now joined by her two grown children, Trina and Travis, who are proud to help Gretchen achieve her dream of sharing the joy of dance with students, their families and the community.
The location of the new studio is at 1007 on Whitemarsh Island, near the intersection of Bryan Woods Road and Highway 80.
For more information or to contact the Gretchen Greene School of Dance, call 912.897.4235 or visit http://www.ggsod.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 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 http://www.dewitttiltongroup.com
Gretchen Greene School of Dance
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