Savannah’s Enmarket Arena Partly Designed by GVSA, Now Open
The Enmarket Arena, the largest public works project in Savannah, Ga. history, is now open. Hundreds of people attended the Feb. 5 community day and ribbon-cutting of the new venue. The arena is expected to usher in a new era of music, sports, and entertainment experiences for Southern Georgia.
Atlanta-based Goode Van Slyke Architecture worked on the project as an associate architect to design lead Perkins&Will. GVSA’s contributions include the non-public areas of the building such as the operations offices and visitor lockers as well as many of the public areas on the concourse and overlook levels.
Atlanta (February 2021) Goode Van Slyke Partner and Co-Founder Paul Van Slyke will speak at an upcoming event designed to inform educators at South Carolina charter schools about ideas and actions to make educational facilities safer during the pandemic. The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) helps schools improve COVID-19 prevention efforts.
Atlanta Intown, a news outlet covering the city’s intown neighborhoods, profiled GVSA high-rise Seven88 in its July issue. The Perspectives in Architecture column by Melody Harclerode was titled: Firm Reaches New Heights with Skyscraper. It examines the history of skyscrapers in the U.S. and Atlanta, noting that luxury condo Seven88 West Midtown is Atlanta’s first commercial skyscraper designed by a Black-owned architectural firm.
It also illustrates the project’s uniqueness in other ways as well. “Two outdoor amenity decks with a saltwater pool and whirlpool pool spa, yoga lawn, and dog spa offer contemporary, resort-style relaxation for condo owners and visitors,” Harclerode wrote. The column also illustrates the firm’s versatility with mentions of other high-profile projects.
DeKalb, County, Georgia – The Lou Walker Senior Center has been recognized as a Nationally Accredited Senior Center of Excellence by the National Council on Aging’s National Institute of Senior Centers. Only 200 centers nationwide have earned the accreditation. While the Lou Walker Senior Center is the only one in DeKalb to earn the recognition, the county says it plans to work towards accreditation for all of DeKalb’s senior centers.
Atlanta – Goode Van Slyke Architecture provided architectural and engineering design as well as construction administration services for the renovation of Bethel Towers, the historic 16-story residential tower visible from Atlanta’s Downtown Connector. The Benoit Group LLC and owner Big Bethel A.M.E. Church partnered in the $34.5 million renovation of the affordable housing community, which is now complete.
Pacesetter Awards Honor Goode Van Slyke Architecture
Goode Van Slyke Architecture (GVSA) is named One of Atlanta’s Fastest-Growing private companies. The Atlanta Business Chronicle revealed the rankings of its 25th annual Pacesetter Awards on April 22 in an online ceremony. They are also listed in a cover story in the April 23 weekly print edition. “Growing in a pandemic sounds nearly impossible,” the editors wrote. “Not for these 100 companies on the 2021 Pacesetter Awards list.”
Goode Van Slyke Architecture is helping Amana Academy, an Atlanta-area charter school, launch its newest campus – Amana Academy West Atlanta. Amana announced plans for the new school, to be built at the Girl Scouts’ Camp Timber Ridge, earlier this year.
GVSA’s work for the West Atlanta campus started three years ago when it began helping Amana investigate possible locations. This included evaluating existing buildings as well as undeveloped land. Once Camp Timber Ridge was chosen, the firm worked to mesh Amana’s long-term strategy with that of the Girl Scouts’ 270-acre site. It is also working to locate structures for immediate move-in this fall while accommodating expected growth.
A media outlet for the arts in Atlanta covered the design for the new Center for Innovation and the Arts at Spelman College. Goode Van Slyke is the associate architect on the project with lead architect Studio Gang. ARTSATL describes how a gift from LaTanya Richard Jackson, her husband Samuel L. Jackson, and other philanthropists allowed for new construction and renovation on the campus of the historically black liberal arts college for women.
Just in time for Christmas, the Empty Stocking Fund has a newly-renovated headquarters thanks to almost two dozen local businesses that donated their time and services. Brasfield & Gorrie worked pro bono as the general contractor for the overall project. Goode Van Slyke Architecture donated free design services for a new office and other aspects of the project. The team also volunteered at the nonprofit on Dec. 6, 2021, helping families find toys to brighten the holidays.
Seven88 West Midtown – a luxury condo designed by Goode Van Slyke Architecture, has earned five OBIE awards. Awards, presented by the Atlanta Sales and Marketing Council on behalf of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, recognize outstanding achievements within the home building industry and serve as the premier awards given in the Atlanta new home construction industry.