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salem campground tentsSalem Camp Ground | Newton Co GA | March 29-31, 2019
The Board of Directors of Salem Camp Ground partnered with CED to develop a conceptual, sustainable master plan that would expand the number of families who can reside on-site during the annual Camp Meeting, and provide rental opportunities for groups seeking space for reunions and retreats. The goal was to add additional lodging in a manner that reflects the historic nature of the site and does not detract from traditional practices, yet meets modern needs.

In 2018 Fall semester, CED students in Cultural Landscape Documentation undertook historic research, documented existing conditions, identified character-defining features, and crafted design guidelines for buildings and landscapes. Six master plan design scenarios were presented to the Board of Directors, who provided feedback. A weekend design charrette during 2019 Spring semester analyzed this feedback and refined the master plan to address appropriate tent infill locations, auxiliary lodging, rehabilitation of the fire hall and spring, and enhancement of the woods.
Final Presentation PDF


kaolin mine studentsKaolin Museum charrette | Sandersville GA | Oct 19-20, 2018
Washington County, GA, is known as the Kaolin Capital of the World! Kaolin is a bright white clay found along Georgia’s Fall Line. It has a variety of industrial uses, including paper coating, ceramics clay, and cosmetics. Community leaders have proposed building a natural history museum with focus on kaolin and the geology, industry, and culture surrounding it. The UGA Archway Partnership enlisted CED’s help in planning the museum. A team of nine students – including Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation and Geology students – participated in a design charrette to envision museum possibilities at three different sites in Sandersville: a historic school, a vacant parcel downtown, and a 99-acre lot on the Fall Line Freeway. Each site presented its own challenges and opportunities, and defined the type of exhibits and programming that would work best.
Final Presentation PDF Final Report


 Winterville SketchWinterville charrette | Winterville GA | Feb 24-26, 2017
Only six miles from Downtown Athens, Winterville is ready to strike a balance between being attractive to young families, retirees and artists as well as encouraging businesses that could thrive in a historic, small town atmosphere. The City wants to take the lead in improving the appearance of government property, promoting pedestrian and bicycle connectivity (especially around the planned Firefly Trail), and encouraging new development to follow design construction standards. The charrette results include a true gathering place in the town center, improvements for highway commercial architecture, and walking and biking connections throughout town.
Facebook album | Posters


See Sumter LogoWayfinding charrette | Sumter County GA | March 18-20, 2016
The Sumter County Archway Partnership/One Sumter Foundation engaged CED to develop a wayfinding system and concepts for a shared graphic identity for Sumter County, including the communities of Americus, Plains, Andersonville, Leslie and Lake Blackshear. The result includes a transect analysis of primary corridors, a coordinated graphic identity for major destinations, wayfinding standards for rural and urban areas, and suggestions for enhancing the visitor experience.  
Facebook album | Report Part IPart II 


Camp Hooray drawingCamp Hooray charrette | Jefferson GA | January 29-31, 2016
The University of Georgia’s College of Environment and Design and Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture partnered with Extra Special People, Inc. to design Camp Hooray, the first-of-its-kind, fully accessible overnight camp for children and young adults with developmental disabilities. The semester began with a charrette and continued with concurrent studios during Spring semester.
Facebook Album | Article


Boggs Rural Life CenterBoggs Rural Life Center Charrette | Keysville (Burke Co.) GA | April 2015
The Boggs Rural Life Center (BRLC) occupies the campus of the historic Boggs Academy, which operated from 1906 – 1984 as a boarding school for African-Americans. The charrette was a collaboration with Boggs Academy alumni and local advocates in a celebration of the school and the development of rehabilitation strategies using the campus as a rural retreat for teaching, learning and community service.
Final Report | Facebook album | “Saving Historic Boggs Academy” article


Blackwell Memorial High SchoolBlackwell Memorial High School Charrette | Elberton GA | March 2015
The Granite City Life Skills Foundation was interested in redeveloping the Blackwell Memorial High School property into an after-school program. The goals of the charrette were to document and celebrate the history of the Blackwell School, make phased recommendations for the rehabilitation of the buildings and the design of the 6 acre landscape, and conceptualize improvements for the surrounding neighborhood.
Final Posters | GCLS Foundation Facebook page


Bishop Park Master PlanBishop Park Master Plan Charrette | Athens GA | October 2014
At the request of Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Leisure Service staff, CCDP coordinated facilitating community input and a subsequent charrette to determine what is popular about Bishop Park and what amenities should be eliminated or introduced.  A master plan was developed during the charrette and refined by ACC park planning staff. It is currently under consideration by the ACC government.
Facebook album | ACC Park Planning Website


CHaRMCHaRM – Center for Hard to Recycle Materials | Athens GA | February 2014
The CHARM site was envisioned as a convenient location for the recycling of non-curbside pick-up items, but also as an opportunity to educate the public and enhance a gateway location into Athens.  This charrette addressed development of a preselected site located near downtown Athens and bounded by the North Oconee River and Greenway and an inert landfill.  Two functional alternative concepts were produced which included, reasonable solutions for visual, functional, social, economic and ecological aspects of the site.
Final Report | Facebook album |ACC CHaRM Website


Fairmont Rosenwald School and CommunityFairmont Rosenwald School and Community | Griffin GA | October 2013
The city of Griffin was initiating improvements to this low-income, historically African-American neighborhood, which includes a historic Rosenwald School building and the Fairmont Homes public housing apartments. Charrette results include recommendations for aesthetic improvements to the Fairmont Homes apartments and grounds, rehabilitation of the school and gym, a neighborhood sidewalk analysis to improve connectivity, and recommendations for residential rehabilitation and compatible infill housing.
Facebook album | Final Report 


Southern MillSouthern Mill Charrette | Athens GA | February 2012
CCDP partnered with the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation (ACHF) on a conceptual design plan and marketing effort for a historic textile mill.  Solutions included a mixed-use approach to incorporate light industrial, affordable housing, and an artist community.  CCDP developed a comprehensive website about the historic Southern Manufacturing Company property and comparable redevelopment projects to assist in redevelopment efforts for the mill.  In June 2013, Millworks Holdings, a local developer, submitted plans to turn the century-old mill into lofts by following the Planned Unit Development on file and applying for historic rehabilitation tax credits. In March 2017 it was revealed that local craft brewery Creature Comforts would be expanding its operations and anchoring the rehabilitated mill, echoing a key local desire for the reuse of the property.
ACHF's Marketing Website Southern Mill website