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One of the best parts of our business is working with our clients to bring an idea to life! We begin with a vision and end with projects that make a difference in the lives of people. Buildings are where we work, learn, heal, worship and live - shaping how we experience our lives in many ways. We love to share and celebrate our clients' successes!


Groundbreaking Held for the Historic Howell School Renovation

DOTHAN, AL (October 2018) - The groundbreaking for the revitalization of the historic Howell School took place Tuesday in Dothan, Alabama. Studio 8 Design is the architect for this $14 million project. One of Dothan’s oldest buildings, the former Howell School has been vacant for over 40 years. Many members of the Dothan community held a long-term vision for saving the building.

Studio 8 Design is the design architect working with the developer to provide adaptive reuse and rehabilitation for the building which will generate 22 senior housing apartments within the original building. A new building on the site will provide 33 additional apartments. Located in the Newton-Burdeshaw-Cherry-Applegate-Range National Historic District, the project required approval from the National Park Service which oversees national historic properties.

 Groundbreaking at Howell School project

Groundbreaking at Howell School project


Studio 8 Design selected as Architect for the Expansion of the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center

 Team for the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center Expansion project

Team for the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center Expansion project

VALDOSTA (August 2018) - Studio 8 Design is pleased to have been selected as the architect for the Expansion of the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center in Canton, Georgia. The project will provide a new six level housing tower, upgrade of support systems, and new resources for the Sheriff's Office. Jim Ingram of Studio 8 is the architect for the project. Croft & Associates of Kennesaw is working in association with Studio 8 on the project.


Davis Hall at South Georgia State College Receives Statewide Award
from Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation

ATLANTA (May 2, 2018) - Davis Hall at South Georgia State College in Douglas received an award for Excellence in Rehabilitation from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation during its 41st annual Preservation Awards ceremony April 27 in Columbus, Ga. The college is part of the University System of Georgia.

 Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Logo
 L to R: Georgia Schley Ritchie, Chairman of The Georgia Trust; Mark C. McDonald, President and CEO of The Georgia Trust; Walda Kight, Vice President for External Affairs, South Georgia State College; Russ Magoon, Allstate Construction Company; Bruce Smith, Studio 8 Design Architects; Don Snyder, Allstate Construction Company; Michael Palacio, Palacio Collaborative

L to R: Georgia Schley Ritchie, Chairman of The Georgia Trust; Mark C. McDonald, President and CEO of The Georgia Trust; Walda Kight, Vice President for External Affairs, South Georgia State College; Russ Magoon, Allstate Construction Company; Bruce Smith, Studio 8 Design Architects; Don Snyder, Allstate Construction Company; Michael Palacio, Palacio Collaborative

Davis Hall was constructed in 1907 as one of the three original buildings for the institution that later became South Georgia College. It originally served as a girls’ dormitory but after a major renovation in the 1970s, was converted to a classroom and office building. An extensive renovation was undertaken to rehabilitate Davis Hall as an efficient and functional facility for the college while restoring as many historic features as possible. While many changes had been made, historic photographs were used to determine original finishes. Now Davis Hall has set an example as the first of three original buildings on the campus to undergo a transformative and successful rehabilitation. Excellence in Rehabilitation awards recognize projects that make compatible use of a building through repair, alterations or additions while preserving features of the property that convey its historic value. This year the Trust presented fourteen Excellence in Rehabilitation awards.

About Georgia Trust Preservation Awards

For more than 40 years, the Georgia Trust has recognized preservation projects and individuals throughout Georgia who have made significant contributions to the field of historic preservation. Awards are presented on the basis of the contributions of the person or project to the community and/or state and on compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

About the Georgia Trust

Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the country’s leading statewide, nonprofit preservation organizations. The Trust works for the preservation and revitalization of Georgia’s diverse historic resources and advocates their appreciation, protection and use. The Georgia Trust generates community revitalization by finding buyers for endangered properties acquired by its Revolving Fund and raises awareness of other endangered historic resources through an annual listing of Georgia’s “Places in Peril.” The Trust recognizes preservation projects and individuals with its annual Preservation Awards and awards students and young professionals with academic scholarships, the Neel Reid Prize and Liz Lyon Fellowship. The Trust offers a variety of educational programs for adults and children, provides technical assistance to property owners and historic communities, advocates for funding, tax incentives and other laws aiding preservation efforts, and manages two house museums in Atlanta (Rhodes Hall) and Macon (Hay House).

To learn more about the Georgia Trust and the Preservation Awards, visit www.georgiatrust.org.


Georgia Christian School Holds Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for the New Joe Virgil Dasher Middle School

 Groundbreaking Ceremony at Joe Virgil Dasher Middle School at Georgia Christian School

VALDOSTA (March 2018) - The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Joe Virgil Dasher Middle School, a part of Georgia Christian School, was held Friday, March 23rd.  Dr. Brad Lawson, GCS president, said the ceremony marked a big moment in the school's history, as the new middle school is replacing a building built in 1952.  "What it really comes down to is why," Lawson said. "Why would so many people spend their time, their talent and their treasure on a 9,600 square-foot building? I'll tell you why. It's because we believe in the mission of this great school."  Georgia Christian School was established in 1914 and provides education for students in grades K through 12. Bruce Smith of Studio 8 was the architect for the project. 


Bear Creek Village Apartments Holds Ribbon Cutting

 Ribbon Cutting at Bear Creek Village Apartments

ADEL (January 2018) - A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Bear Creek Village Apartments on January 17th. The event was attended by members of Studio 8 Design, the developer, staff, general contractor, and residents of the new apartment complex. The complex has 56 apartment homes which includes 8 one-bedrooms, 32 two-bedrooms and 16 three-bedroom options. All units have central heating and air conditioning, water heating, stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, disposal, ceiling fans and mini blinds.  Each home is energy efficient with washer and dryer hookups.  There is a clubhouse, free WiFi, on-site management, laundry room, picnic area with BBQ grills, playground and covered pavilion. Adel City Councilman, Butch Faucett said, “I appreciate all your support. It has been a long process putting this all together.  The Housing Tax Credit funded this project and it is a great program for rural communities.”  Faucett recognized Mrs. Lori Mathis, Bear Creek Village Manager, for her hard work and ability to rent out each apartment in a two month time frame.  A resident spoke with sincere emotion in living at Bear Creek Village stating, “It isn’t just affordable living, it’s respectful.”


Ribbon Cutting Held for Historic Davis Hall Renovation at South Georgia State College

 Ribbon Cutting at Historic Davis Hall at South Georgia State College

DOUGLAS (August 2017) - A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Renovation of Historic Davis Hall at South Georgia State College was held August 25th  in Douglas. Speakers included local legislators and representatives of the College, Student Body, Board of Regents, and Coffee County.  Studio 8 Design was proud to have been a part of restoring this great building which is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Northside Baptist Church Breaks Ground on Expansion Project

 Northside Baptist Church Groundbreaking

VALDOSTA (June 2017) - A ground breaking ceremony was held for an expansion project at Northside Baptist Church. The additional space will create a 1,200-seat sanctuary, a glass walk-around atrium with two-sided access to the sanctuary, a 92-seat choir and orchestra area, as well as new pews, sound system, lighting, and interior design elements. Chase Gregory of Studio 8 Design prepared the architectural design of the project and our Interior Design Studio provided selection of finishes and furnishings. The project is set to be complete in Spring 2018.


Groundbreaking Held for New Agricultural Center

 Groundbreaking for New Bulloch County Agricultural Center

STATESBORO (June 2017) - Over 250 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bulloch County Agricultural Center in Statesboro, Georgia. Located at 44 Arena Boulevard, the project is the culmination of years of work on behalf of county officials. Bulloch County Board of Commissioners Chairman, Roy Thompson, addressed the crowd and  provided background information about the long journey to this day. Mr. Thompson stated, "We could not get the price we were looking for. We finally found an architect who would listen to us. That architect is Jim Ingram. He drew a plan that was perfect for us." The multi-use facility will have a covered performance arena with bleacher seating for 3,000, a covered practice arena, 218 stalls, grooming and bathing bays and RV hookups with  space for self-supporting camps. These will all be connected by covered walkways. The facility is expected to draw large crowds for equine events. (excerpt from the Statesboro Herald)


Gateway Behavioral Health Expansion Ribbon Cutting

 Gateway Behavioral Health Expansion Ribbon Cutting

BRUNSWICK (May 2017) - The ribbon cutting of Gateway Behavioral Health’s expanded facility was held recently in Brunswick. The event was attended by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald, and other state and local officials including members of the County Commission and local Development Authority. Dr. Mark Johnson, CEO of Gateway, welcomed everyone and spoke regarding the staff and local community’s dedication to the project and the cooperative efforts between the State and community for the funding and support of the project. He added that the project will provide increased service and treatment for the behavioral health needs of the community. Gateway’s CFO, David Crews, who coordinated and managed the project, spoke about the design and construction efforts. He thanked the staff of Gateway for their vision, Jim Sizemore, Project Manager, of Studio 8 Design for his leadership in the project and work with the staff, and CCH Construction of Thomasville, Georgia for an excellent job. Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald reiterated that the community’s support had been significant and an important factor in seeing the project come to fruition. She congratulated the local team for their dedication and work. Studio 8 Design worked collaboratively with Gateway’s leadership team to design a facility that will support the needs of the community and the staff in offering a healing environment for clients.


Groundbreaking for New Georgia Christian Middle School

 Groundbreaking for New Georgia Christian Middle School

DASHER (May 2017) - Georgia Christian School recently held a ground-breaking ceremony for the Joe Virgil Dasher Middle School Building.  On hand to celebrate the occasion were GCS board members and administration, members of the Dasher City Council, current students and alumni stretching back to the 1950s.  The new building will be twice the size of the current middle school building and will be placed where the girls dorm once stood. GCS Board Chairman Jon Sykes gave credit to past board members for their campaign to drive the school to debt-free status more than 20 years ago and current board members for maintaining the commitment. He also mentioned the current master plan put in place in 2010 that created a road map of renovation of current facilities and the addition of new buildings in the future. Brad Lawson, GCS president, praised the board for its leadership in not only planning but stepping up to the plate as lead donors for the project. He mentioned the irony of the placement of the building at the site of the girls dorm. Students had made the blocks on campus to build the dorms back in the 1940s. “I am happy to say that even though no blocks are being made on campus anymore, this building is happening because of alumni and even current students giving of their means,” Lawson said. A donor heard about the middle school project and challenged Lawson with a $500,000 dollar-for-dollar matching donation.  “In just over six months, we went from exactly $0 to over $1 million," Lawson said. "The Lord has blessed our hard work. The Joe Virgil Dasher Middle School Building is paid for on day one of construction.” The  building was designed by architect Bruce Smith of Studio 8. (excerpt from The Valdosta Daily Times)


New Buffalo Wild Wings Opens

 New Buffalo Wild Wings Opens in Tifton

TIFTON (January 2017) - A new Buffalo Wild Wings recently opened in Tifton, Georgia. The new restaurant brings one more option in restaurants to the area. Bruce Smith of Studio 8 provided architectural services.


"The Gardens" Apartments Wins EarthCraft 2016 High Performance Award

 The Gardens Apartments wins EarthCraft 2016 High Performance Awards

ATLANTA (October 2016) - "The Gardens" Apartments, located in Young Harris, Georgia, won EarthCraft's 2016 High Performance Award for Multi-Family housing. Studio 8 Design provided architectural services for this new affordable housing project. The EarthCraft Celebration of Excellence took place on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Southface Eco Office. The awards exist to honor the builders, contractors and developers who are committed to building a more sustainable, high performance, built environment. More than 70 green building professionals attended this year’s event to celebrate the best that EarthCraft has to offer. The EarthCraft program, developed in 1999, is a partnership between the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA) and Southface. The program is the Southeast’s standard for green building, and promotes energy, water and resource efficient homes and buildings. The awards program provides GAHBA and Southface a chance to recognize projects that exceed standard program requirements and shines a light on program partners who continue to make strides in advancing innovation in the green building industry.


Grand Opening And Ribbon Cutting At New Jenkins County Jail

 Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting at New Jenkins County Jail

MILLEN (September 2016) - (photo from Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce/article courtesy of "The Millen News")

The Jenkins County Sheriff’s Office has a new home. The office is now operating out of the new county jail facility. A ribbon cutting ceremony, sponsored by the Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce, and an Open House was held Thursday, September 22nd, at the new facility. Special guests in attendance included State Rep. Butch Parrish, State Senator Jesse Stone, Nancy Bobbitt of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s office, and Brinsley Thigpen of Congressman Rick Allen’s office, along with local city and county officials. The program began with County Administrator Grady Saxon welcoming those present and introducing Matt Gilpin who gave the invocation. In his remarks, Commissioner James Henry, said the occasion brought forth mixed emotions for him. “I am experiencing both sadness and gladness. I’m glad that we have such a new and modern facility of which we can be proud. But I am sad that we need such a facility. Hopefully, it will be a place of renewal of life…and a change of direction of life,” he said. Mr. Henry expressed appreciation to several involved in the project: Jim Ingram, Studio 8 Design, architect; Jeff Pope, Pope Construction, which built the jail; and county and city officials. He noted that the project was a joint effort of the entire community. Mr. Pope also spoke briefly and expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to work on the project. In his remarks, Sheriff Robert Oglesby continued the out-pouring of appreciation, thanking all involved with the project, especially County Administrator Grady Saxon. He also said that he was looking forward to using the facility for many years to come.


Groundbreaking Held For Bear Creek Village Apartments

 Groundbreaking for Bear Creek Village Apartments

ADEL (August 2016) - There was a great turnout for the groundbreaking at Bear Creek Village in Adel, Georgia. Chamber of Commerce President, Jerry Connell, and Mayor Buddy Duke both spoke about this great addition to the Adel community. The 56-unit apartment complex will have a community center, playground, picnic pavilion, and equipped computer center.


Window Restoration, Historic Wheatley Building at Georgia Southwestern State University

 Window Restoration at Historic Wheatley Building

AMERICUS (August 2016) - Studio 8 provided design and construction administration for restoration of the historic windows of the Assembly Hall in the Wheatley Building on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University. Studio 8 worked with Wood Window Makeover of Tampa, Florida to restore these beautiful windows.


Studio 8 Design's Hall County Correctional Institution Project Featured In "Correctional News"

 Hall County Correctional Institution Featured in "Correctional News"

(May 2016) - Studio 8 Design's Hall County Correctional Institution project was featured in the May/June 2016 issue of "Correctional News." Warden Walt Davis stated, "It has a central control unit for staff to be able to observe inmate movements throughout the facility and to have proximity for both direct and indirect supervision with officers. The entire way the facility is designed lends itself to better security." Acting as its own contractor, the County built the $7 million facility for $3.6 million by using the Ga Department of Corrections inmate labor program.


Hall County Correctional Institution Ribbon Cutting

 Hall County Correctional Institution Ribbon Cutting

GAINESVILLE (February 2016) - The ribbon cutting for the new Hall County CI was held February 16th and was well attended by State and Local officials. Designed by Jim Ingram of Studio 8, the facility houses 200 minimum security inmates. The facility includes a special transitional housing unit for the new Re-Entry Accountability Court Transition (REACT) program.  Built with SPLOST funds, the 27,000 SF facility has a complete jail management system, full electronic locking control and full climate control systems providing enhanced security and efficiencies.


Daniel Ashley House Historic Rehabilitation

 Daniel Ashley House Historic Rehabilitation

VALDOSTA (November 2015) - The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing program recognized the City of Valdosta with the Adaptive Reuse Award for the re-purposing of an existing structure for affordable housing units. The staff of Studio 8 Design worked with developer, IDP Housing, to survey existing conditions, develop construction documents, and provide rehabilitation design while maintaining the historic integrity of the building. The project restored a valued Valdosta landmark.


Groundbreaking Held For New CrossPointe Church

 Groundbreaking Held for New CrossPointe Church

VALDOSTA (October 2015) - CrossPointe Church held the ground-breaking for their new sanctuary on October 18th. To be built off Highway 41 North on Kings Way in Valdosta, the design for the new Church includes a 1,200 seat sanctuary, a 400 seat auditorium, classrooms, and office space. Studio 8 Design and Cauthan Construction worked with CrossPointe to develop a contemporary design for the church. Construction will begin in January 2016.


Davis Hall Groundbreaking At South Georgia State College

 Davis Hall Groundbreaking at South Georgia State College

DOUGLAS (August 2015)- Studio 8 participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of historic Davis Hall on the campus of South Georgia State College in Douglas. Studio 8 is providing architectural design for this project. State and local dignitaries, College officials, and members of the design and construction team each spoke on the importance of providing the needed space to support the programs and growing student body at South Georgia State College. Studio 8 is excited to watch the transformation of Davis Hall get underway!


Studio 8 Holds Hosts Chamber's Business After Hours

 Studio 8 Design Hosts Chamber's Business After Hours

VALDOSTA (August 2015) - Studio 8 Design hosted the Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours Event in August welcoming the entire Valdosta business community as well as Studio 8's friends, colleagues, and business associates. The event was themed "Winnersville Football" with season tickets to our local football teams given as door prizes.


Scintilla Charter Academy Holds Ribbon Cutting

 Scintilla Charter Academy Holds Ribbon Cutting

VALDOSTA (August 2015) - Governor Nathan Deal spoke to a huge crowd at a ribbon cutting ceremony of Scintilla Charter Academy. This new 36,687 SF school serves 480 students from kindergarten through fifth grade. The Academy has a total of 29 classrooms including two special education classrooms. The administrative building has offices and support areas for administrators and teachers. The building is designed in a hybrid Craftsman style using wood construction.


Studio 8 Design Moves To Iconic Building Designed By Jim Ingram And Dan Parris In 1980

 Studio 8 Design's Office located on Oak Street in Valdosta, Georgia

VALDOSTA (June 2015) - Studio 8 Design initiated a project earlier in 2015 to move the firm's office to 2722 N. Oak Street.  The building was designed by architects Jim Ingram (of Studio 8) and Dan Parris in 1980, and served as the architects' home for over 20 years.  Many of the founders of Studio 8 began their careers under the guidance of Jim and Dan in this office on Oak Street. Studio 8 restored the interior to its original functionality - with a few modern twists.


Ground Breaking Held At New Jenkins County Jail

MILLEN (May 2015) - Jim Ingram of Studio 8 took part in the recent ground breaking ceremony held in Millen, Georgia for the New Jenkins County Jail.  Designed to meet the County's need for a secure and efficient facility, Jim's design provides 55 inmate beds at a cost of approximately $3.5 million.  


Scintilla Charter Academy Breaks Ground

 Scintilla Charter Academy Breaks Ground

VALDOSTA (January 2015) - Scintilla Charter Academy broke ground on January 21st.  The new K-5 school will serve 480 students.  Studio 8 worked with the stakeholders of the project to ensure an engaging and collaborative learning environment for students.


 Glynn County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center Ribbon Cutting

Glynn County Sheriff's Office And Detention Center Hold Ribbon Cutting

BRUNSWICK (September 2014) - The official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on September 30th for the new Glynn County Sheriff's Office in Brunswick, Georgia. The facility was designed by Jim Ingram of Studio 8. The ceremony was attended by a large crowd of citizens, governmental officials, and state and local law enforcement officers. Speakers reflected on the design and construction process as a collaborative effort among all involved with the result being an outstanding new facility and resource for Glynn County.


 Randolph County Jail Holds Ribbon Cutting

Randolph County Jail Holds Ribbon Cutting

CUTHBERT (March 2014) - County officials welcomed a large crowd on site of the County's new Jail.  The 28,169 SF facility provides housing for 114 inmates.  Jim Ingram of Studio 8 designed the County's new facility.