Member News | July 18

Attorney Janice Holmes Accepted into the Leadership Columbia Class of 2015

gwbGallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce that attorney Janice Holmes has been selected into the Leadership Columbia Class of 2015. Established in 1973 by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Leadership Columbia program provides existing and emerging leaders with opportunities to enhance their civic knowledge and network. The program will provide Holmes with insight into community issues, leadership skills, opportunities for community involvement, and access to community leaders to discuss current issues in Columbia.

Holmes is a litigation attorney who practices out of the firm’s Columbia office. Currently, Holmes concentrates her practice on insurance coverage issues, business and commercial litigation, and toxic and mass torts. Her business and commercial practice experience encompasses a wide range of topics. Holmes also has extensive experience in the toxic and mass torts practice area.  She has served as national coordinating counsel for a Fortune 100 company in managing cases involving alleged asbestos exposures in over 30 states. As coordinating counsel, Holmes’ responsibilities included preparing corporate witnesses, developing training programs for local counsel, and working with local counsel to coordinate depositions and trial strategy.

Managing Shareholder C. William McGee stated, “This is a great honor for Janice. She is a rising leader in the Columbia community and will have a positive impact for years to come.”

Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. has offices in Anderson, Columbia, Greenville, SC and Charlotte, NC. Practice areas include business and complex litigation, strategic risk assessment and counseling, and corporate representation. For more information about the firm, see


JHS Announces Christopher Dougan as Project Manager

Chris Dougan-SmallChristopher Dougan, CSI, CDT, has joined JHS Architecture Integrated Design as a Project Manager. Chris brings over 15 years of design experience. He is a graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. and a member of CSI and the Columbia Revit Users Group Steering committee. Chris has experience in a wide range of architectural building types including educational, governmental, ecclesiastical, commercial, industrial, municipal, hospitality, recreational design, and historic renovations. He is currently working on the design of the Mount Holly Apartments, Langtree Apartments, Northpoint Boulevard Warehouse, Primal Brewery, Kilted Buffalo Brewery, Climatic Development Customer Service Center Office renovation, Charleston Federal Courthouse Annex (Ceiling Repair), the Billy Graham Library (Vault Addition) and the Cardinal Newman High School.

JHS Architecture: Integrated Design, Inc. is a full service design and planning organization offering in-house architectural, planning, interior design, as well as mechanical / plumbing and fire protection engineering services.

JHS is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, and has an active practice in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The firm is organized around four primary teams, each specializing in specific project types: educational, housing, commercial and healthcare. In addition, there are two support teams providing services to the firm as a whole in the areas of mechanical engineering and interior design.  Each team is headed by a Principal of the firm with each having at least twenty-five years’ experience in their field. The company is specifically organized such that a Principal of the firm is responsible for each project and is involved in the administration and design of the project from programming through construction.

For more information please contact: Anna Lucas, 803-252-2400,


Welcoming Dr. Erick Singh

Dr. SinghConsultants in Gastroenterology and the South Carolina Endoscopy Centers in West Columbia and Northeast Columbia welcome Erick R. Singh MD to their clinical team.

Dr. Singh graduated from The University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC and received his medical degree, completed his residency, and obtained his certifications and fellowships in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Clinical Research from USC’s School of Medicine in Charleston, SC.

Dr. Singh is affiliated with Lexington Medical Center, Palmetto Health Richland, Providence Hospital and Providence Northeast.  He is accepting new patients and appointments may be scheduled by calling 803.794.4585.

Consultants in Gastroenterology has four convenient offices in West Columbia, Northeast Columbia, Irmo/St. Andrews and Lexington with accredited Endoscopy Centers in West Columbia and Northeast Columbia. With the addition of Dr. Singh, the practice has nine board certified physicians and four nurse practitioners with most insurances being accepted.

Richland County Selects Transportation  Penny Project Development Team
County Council unanimously approves ICA/ Brownstone / M.B. Kahn 

richlandRichland County Chairman Norman Jackson is announcing the selection of ICA/Brownstone/M.B. Kahn as the county’s new Program Development Team (PDT). Councilmembers unanimously voted to approve the team on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, during the Regular Session Council Meeting.

ICA/Brownstone/M.B. Kahn  provided Council with a proposal of initial program development tasks and services to initiate the County’s Transportation Penny Sales Tax program.

Chairman Jackson stated that M.B. Kahn will be the contracting entity for the administration of the PDT and 38 percent of the contract’s value will go to Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) firms and 32 percent to Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE).

The PDT services include:

  • Program management and mobilization
  • Project scoping, estimating, ranking, and delivery plan
  • Project controls implementation
  • Utility coordination manual
  • Right of Way acquisition process
  • Initiation of program public involvement plan
  • Development of procurement processes
  • Development of intersections for design-build packaging
  • County resurfacing scoping and procurement
  • Public involvement to finalize scope for SE Richland Neighborhood Improvement Project
  • Procurement for a dirt road paving contract
  • Construction Engineering and Inspections for two dirt road paving contracts

A notice to proceed for The PDT to begin work is anticipated for July 29, 2014 and the following task will be completed within the first 90 days:

  • Program mobilization
  • Project scoping, estimating, ranking, and delivery plan
  • Project controls implementation
  • Prepare a Utility Coordination Manual
  • Right of Way acquisition process
  • Initiation of program public involvement plan
  • Development of procurement processes
  • Public involvement to finalize scope for SE Richland Neighborhood Improvement Project
  • Procurement for a dirt road paving contract
  • Construction Engineering and Inspections for two dirt road paving contracts

The Transportation Penny Sales Tax went into effect, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. The Transportation Penny will generate more than a billion dollars over the next 22 years. The Transportation Penny will be used to complete major road, bike and pedestrian greenway projects, plus provide over two decades of funding for the bus system and transportation services for the community.To date 39 million dollars has been collected.

For more information or to review a complete list of Transportation Penny Projects, visit our website

Approval of Committee Recommendations

Economic Development Committee
The Economic Development Committee recommended that we move forward with sending out the scope of work to receive proposals for the Waterpark Project.

Waterpark Scope of Work:

  •  Attract 200,000 guests annually
  • Family focused waterpark
  • Dining/concessions component desired
  • Water slides of varying height, type and complexity desired
  • Lazy River component desired
  • Wave Pool component desired
  • Children’s activity pool w/play structure component desired
  • Sundeck with cabanas component desired
  • Locker facilities component desired
  • Indoor facility featuring dining, meeting space, convention space desired

Approval of Third Reading Items

Office of Small Business Opportunity
Council approved the addition of a new County Government division entitled Office of Small Business Opportunity. The Office of Small Business Opportunity will manage the county’s SLBE program, the Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, the county’s program for business enterprises owned and operated by person with disabilities and the Business Development program. This office will give businesses opportunities to build capacity.

For more information please visit our website

The mission of Richland County Government is dedicated to providing services that are accessible to all residents and improve the quality of life in our community.


NAI Avant’s Top Producers Announced For Second Quarter 2014, Columbia, SC

downloadNAI Avant is proud to announce the top producers for the second quarter of 2014 for their Columbia office.  “Our Brokerage Division continued its strong performance during the second quarter of 2014 with increasing sales and leasing activity in all sectors,” stated Bruce Harper, President of NAI Avant.  The second quarter’s top producer is Dail Longaker, Senior Investment broker for the firm.  Following Longaker, top producers in order are Ben Kelly, CCIM, Nick Stomski, SIOR, Paul Hartley, SIOR, and Cam Kreps.

About NAI Avant

NAI Avant’s commercial real estate business is one of the largest in the Southeast.  With over 65 professionals, the firm provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services.  For nearly three consecutive decades, the group has had more of its brokerage professionals recognized as top producers or recipients of the top awards than any other firm in South Carolina. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with over 400 offices and 5,000 professionals in 55 countries across the globe. NAI Global is the largest independent commercial real estate service provider worldwide and a wholly owned subsidiary of C-III Capital Partners. NAI Avant’s Property and Project Management Group currently manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Through its Avant Healthcare Division, the firm provides comprehensive services to hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia, SC with an office in Charleston, SC. Find out more about NAI Avant and its services at Be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.


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