The Aiken Standards annual Aiken’s Choice Awards were held June 25, 2019 at Newberry Hall. Restaurants, businesses, retailers, professional services and doctors were picked by the readers of the paper and were celebrated at the red carpet event. More than 250 Aiken's Choice winners picked up their awards. J.E. Stewart Builders, Inc. was chosen for best Commercial Builder.
This project is a new 26,000 Sq. Ft. facility located off Mike Padgett Highway in Augusta , Georgia. The new facility will bring an additional 20 office spaces and and enough storage for 150,000 boxes . The facility will be outfitted to meet unique specifications for record storage, including climate controlled NARA compliant storage, on 1 of 26 NARA compliant storage facilities in the United States.
Augusta Chronicle Posted on November, 10 2016
Augusta Data Storage Breaks Ground on New 26,000 Sq. Ft. Facility.
On Friday, November 4, 2016, representatives of several local chambers and media outlets joined with the Ellefson Transportation Group, their subsidiary Augusta Data Storage and honored guests to officially break ground on a new 26,000 sq. ft. facility to be located off Mike Padgett Highway in Augusta, GA. The new facility will bring additional office space for the growing organization, as well as additional regulated and climate controlled storage space.
The project is estimated to bring an additional 20 office spaces and storage for an additional 150,000 boxes for Augusta Data Storage’s records storage
business. The facility will be outfitted to meet unique specifications for record storage, including climate controlled NARA compliant storage, only 1 of 26 NARA compliant storage facilities in the United States. Ellefson Transportation Group plans to relocate Augusta Data Storage personnel, Human Resources, and Safety & Compliance into the new facility in the fall of 2017.
The construction project comes at a unique time in the organization’s history, as Ellefson Transportation Group will be celebrating 50 years of service in the C.S.R.A. and Augusta Data Storage will be celebrating it’s 25th
anniversary during 2017. “This is an exciting time for Ellefson Transportation Group, our partners, and vendors. The growth of our organization is a credit to the growth of Augusta and the C.S.R.A. as a whole” states Brian Ellefson, President and CEO of ETG. Chief Operations Officer Nyles Ellefson adds “We look forward to the completion of this project and all that it represents for the growth and future of our organization.”
The project team includes, Nathan Stewart of Stewart Builders as the General Contractor
and Studio 3 Designs’
Dee Beaird and Lydia Maerzke as the architect and designer on the project.
Ellefson Transportation Group (ETG)
is a third generation family owned and operated company, founded in Augusta, GA, in 1967. ETG is the parent company for ADSI Moving Systems, Augusta Data Storage, Acme Moving and Storage, and Augusta Go-Mini’s. Currently owned and managed by brothers Brian and Nyles Ellefson, ETG’s unique business model offers a variety of services under one roof, serving the residential and business community. With a focus on quality and customer satisfaction, Ellefson Transportation Group is the CSRA leader for local and long distance relocations, records management, shredding, warehousing and portable storage.
Construction began at The Mill on Park's downtown Aiken location before Christmas, and Catie Rabun can report good news that actually surprised her.
The president of Caradasa LLC, Rabun worked with her father, David Sacks, in pursuing the concept of an office community – providing spaces for small businesses, one-person offices and a larger space that Best Lawyers is now occupying.
The small businesses have their own offices, but can utilize as needed rooms designed for conferences or business equipment.
“We have 50 percent of our space upstairs with seven businesses already moved in,” Rabun said during a media day on Wednesday. “I didn't expect so many this soon.”
On his way to the Savannah River Site, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., stopped by to visit.
“This is brilliant,” he said. “For those starting a business, this is an alternative to a business starting out or being in a garage ... From a Chamber point of view, this is a good way to recruit business.”
Rabun is formally collaborating with USC Aiken and the Small Business Development Center, located on campus.
Both will have a presence at The Mill on Park.
Dr. Deidre Martin, USCA vice chancellor for University Advancement, is bringing two roles to the venture.
The Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce provided encouragement for the project, and Martin is also a member of The Mill's advisory board.
“We're so excited to be a part of this,” she said. “Chancellor Dr. (Sandra) Jordan brought a lot of energy and new ideas, and one of her visions was to have a larger presence in downtown Aiken ... This is a mill that's producing small-business owners and entrepreneurs.”
The Mill is also renovating a first-floor space into a restaurant that will offer coffee and sandwiches, Rabun said – not only for the tenants, but for the public.
The Mill on Park is located at 237 Park Ave. S.W.
For more information, call 803-215-4731 or visit www.facebook.com/themillonpark.
Senior writer Rob Novit is the Aiken Standard's education reporter.
For the congregation of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Sunday was an important and much anticipated day.
After a major renovation of the sanctuary, worship services were held there for the first time since May. There was one at 8:30 a.m. and another at 11 a.m.
“Everything is lovely,” said Dorothy Poe, who has been a St. John’s member for 63 years, as she looked around at the new choir loft and new stained glass windows.
Other changes included pews that had been stained a brighter color, new lighting and a new wooden floor in the chancel area.
“I think it’s wonderful,” said the Rev. Dr. Tim McClendon, who is St. John’s senior pastor.
For him, the biggest concern was the decision to replace the clear glass in the windows with stained glass.
“I had some doubts at first because we have a contemporary modern structure, and I was afraid stained glass would take something away from it,” McClendon said. “But the stained glass is marvelous. The windows are understated and elegant.”
McClendon also was pleased with the sanctuary’s overall appearance.
“It was beautiful before, but now it is more welcoming,” he said. “It has a warmer feeling.”
Stewart Builders of Aiken was the main contractor for the project, and North Carolina-based Laws Stained Glass Studios made the white crosses and panes of red, yellow and other colors for the windows.
Heavy rains on Sept. 24 caused a leak that created some trouble with the new lighting, but that didn’t have a negative impact on the church members’ celebratory mood.
It just meant there would be something more that was different to experience during future worship services.
“We will be able to do so many beautiful things with the lighting now,” said Catherine Stapleton Nance, St. John’s director of music ministries. “We’ll be able to create all sorts of moods and have beautiful Christmas Eve services where we can make it gradually get darker for the candlelighting.”
The narthex also was refurbished.
“What I liked about the sanctuary was its plainness,” said Alison Carpenter. “They kept that, and it still brings honor to God.”
Deanna Goodlove also was happy with what she saw.
“It looks better than I expected it to look,” she said. “Before it was so dark in here, and now it’s so bright. The things that I was worried about them changing they didn’t change. The big cross is still up there (hanging near the front of the sanctuary), and the little white crosses on the wall over there that I love are still there.”
After walking down the aisle for the 11 a.m. service, Jerry Reese said, “It looks great, and it even smells new.”
Holland Architects was the architectural firm responsible for design of the sanctuary renovations.
St. John’s is at 104 Newberry St. N.W.
Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C., she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include the architectural firm responsible for design of the new sanctuary.
The weather was a bit chilly Tuesday morning, but residents warmly celebrated the opening of the new observation deck at the Carolina Bay.
A green ribbon was cut by city officials along with individuals from the Aiken Land Conservancy, the Savannah River Ecology Lab and Aiken County Schools Superintendent Dr. Beth Everett.
Students from Millbrook Elementary and St. Mary’s were also in attendance.
“I’m pleased to say that we have another classroom for us to learn in,” Everett said. “This will be a place where learning happens.”
The observation deck, which can hold around 40 students, is around a 36-by-28-foot, two-level structure that’s covered and includes a sink and work table. The deck was constructed over the summer by Stewart Builders.
“What a beautiful building,” said Larry Comegys, Aiken Land Conservancy president, who saw the deck on paper before it became a reality.
“This building came out even prettier than in the plans.”
The new observation deck can be used by area schools and is ideal for science classes. Teachers were already bringing students to the bay and now there is a safe, accessible area for them to conduct class. The Carolina Bay is home to a variety of plants, birds, reptiles and insects.
“There’s so much that can be learned by the little creatures here,” said Fred Cavanaugh, Aiken city mayor.
“There are many things in the water you can learn from. It’s really a unique treasure that Aiken has.”
Cavanaugh added that the bay is a great asset for residents of all ages.
At the end of the ceremony, some of the students asked City Manager Richard Pearce if they could have a piece of the green ribbon as a momento of the event.
Pearce helped each child who wanted the small souvenir cut off a piece.
“It’s a great day,” Pearce said. “We’re very excited to have the Carolina Bay observation deck open.”
The project was estimated to cost around $73,000 and was a Capital Sales Tax item.
The Carolina Bay is located off Price Avenue near the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center.
The deck is available for public use all week from sunrise to sunset, as long as it’s not reserved for an event.
Schools can use the facility for free but are asked to call the Weeks Center to make a reservation.
Other reservations for events are available in four-hour time blocks, and fees do apply.
Call 642-7631 for more information.
Ribbons are expected to be cut at the expanded and renovated Nancy Bonnette Library in Wagener and the new library in New Ellenton in February, roughly one month ahead of schedule.Aiken County's engineering department set March 8 as the date for the opening of each library, but it appears the two will be open to the public one month before that, according to County Engineer Joe Berry.The construction at both libraries is essentially finished; all that's left are the final inspections, crossing off the punch lists and the installation of furniture and equipment. The final inspections are set to be completed by the first week of January, and Berry believes furniture, shelving and equipment will be in by mid-January."We're ahead of schedule and right on budget," he said.The Nancy Bonnette Library has been closed for several months while crews have renovated the existing structure and added on 1,449 square feet.The expanded library will have approximately 870 square feet of reading area, will be able to accommodate 77 people in its meeting space and will extend its hours. There are 12 computer stations planned for the new library, as well as a self-checkout station at the circulation desk.The project cost is $304,700, which is funded through round two of the Capital Projects Sales Tax program.Though the library is closed, the Bookmobile is in Wagener every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.In New Ellenton, the library moved across the street to a site next door to New Ellenton City Hall. The City of New Ellenton donated the land for the library, which is about four times the size of the current one. The current building is 500 square feet. The new one is 2,337 square feet.The new library will have about 700 square feet of reading area and will be able to accommodate 70 people in its meeting space. There are 10 computer stations planned for the new facility, as well as a self-checkout station at the circulation desk.The project cost is $283,500, which is funded by round two of the Capital Projects Sales Tax. The City of New Ellenton has allocated some of its one-cent sales tax funds to furnish the new library, provide sewer and improve parking.Mary Jo Dawson, director of the ABBE Regional Library System, has been pleased with the progress and how smoothly it's gone."Excitement is starting to build. These will be a great New Year's gift to the public," she said.