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December 2007

(Savannah, GA) Melaver, Inc. Moses Jackson Center LEED

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Children at Moses Jackson Center learning ballet, discipline
(SAVANNAH) – Gianna Nelson loves the arts, and once a week she gets to share that love with a group of kids at the Moses Jackson Center.  
“They’re getting an opportunity to get exposed to the arts that they might not otherwise have,” said Nelson, who volunteers to teach the ballet class once a week. “It’s important for kids to be exposed to the arts,” she said.
An active community volunteer, Nelson started the ballet class this fall after teaching kids at the Moses Jackson Center other styles of dance for the year before that. She bought them some dance shoes and other essentials and has found some community support.
Sustainable property developer Melaver, Inc., which is leading the redevelopment of nearby Sustainable Fellwood, donated a ballet barre; the students had been using folding chairs. To the delight of the girls, the barre arrived via UPS during their recital Dec. 19 in the center’s cafetorium, just in time for Christmas and the New Year. Nelson’s students from the previous dance classes also sang “Hero” to her during the recital.
“I get an opportunity to do what I like best, which is teaching ballet,” Nelson said. “And I like to see young people learn, and to see they can do it, to see the expression on their faces when they realize they can do it. I find it very rewarding. The fact that they’ve enjoyed it means a lot to me.”
A Crime Analyst at the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Analysis & Planning Unit, Nelson compiles, maintains and analyzes crime statistics for the local police department. She’s active in the Baldwin Park Neighborhood Association, having been treasurer and president. She also serves as a representative for Baldwin Park on Step Up Savannah’s Resident Team. From her own experience as a dance student, Nelson knows the lessons the kids are learning now will translate into life lessons.
“They’re learning self-discipline and paying attention to detail,” she said. “They’re starting to show a little more discipline. It gives them poise. It helps with their carriage and some of their self-image.”
“It’s giving them confidence,” Nelson said. “They’re stepping outside their normal boundaries and when they have a success it gives them confidence.”
Vivian Salley, youth supervisor for City of Savannah’s Leisure Services at the Moses Jackson Center, said the children are becoming well-rounded by being exposed to the arts. She’s also seen several children blossom in Nelson’s classes. Last year, one timid special needs boy started interacting more with other children after taking part in her classes. A young girl who was very timid and shy started feeling more confident and willing to take on challenges.
“It does so much for them,” Salley said. “It’s empowering the students in other areas of their lives. It’s also building their self-esteem, self-control and discipline. She wants to give back to the community. She’s very dedicated.”
“I know she’s tired because she’s coming from work, but she’s always bubbly, and they really respond to her.”
Melaver, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned business based in Savannah, Georgia. The sustainable real estate developer currently has eight LEED certified projects in their portfolio and developed one of the first LEED certified buildings in the U.S. which is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Melaver Inc. also developed the first all-retail LEED shopping center in the country, Abercorn Common, including the first LEED McDonald’s worldwide.
Contact: (912) 236-0781
From left to right 
Brianna Fuelto
Nakira Greene
Steveysha Johnson

(Savannah, GA) The Woodville-Tompkins High School Donation American Diabetes Association

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The Woodville-Tompkins High School Hall of Fame Association presented a $1000 check to the American Diabetes Association on Wednesday, December 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the Association offices on Paulsen Street.

Funds for a variety of local charities were raised through the recent Hall of Fame Induction Banquet.  The organization inducted seven athletes and a coach.

The other organizations benefiting from the banquet are May Street YMCA ($1000) and Woodville-Tompkins High School ($2000).
According to event organizer Enoch Mathis, “We want to give back to this community and we feel that ADA, May Street Y and Woodville-Tompkins High School all do a great job serving the people of this city.”

ADA Leadership Council Chairperson, Paula Kreissler, with Wound Care Clinic ESU, was on hand to accept the check.  Presented by Woodville-Tompkins officials, the $1000 donation will be used to fund the mission of American Diabetes Association, to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
On hand to present the check, from left to right:
James Hall
Waymon Maynor
Bernice Grimes
Enoch Mathis
Anthony Bailey, President
Doreen Holmes, Treasurer
Mamie Miles

For more information on diabetes or the American Diabetes Association, contact Maria Center at 912-353-8110, ext. 3091.


(Birmingham, AL) Melaver, Inc. Sustainable Developer Purchases Building Southside Business District

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BIRMINGHAM, December 19, 2007 –  Sustainable real estate developer Melaver Inc. has purchased the office building at 2101 Highland Avenue in Birmingham’s Southside Business District, making this the third property in their Birmingham portfolio.
“We felt the 2101 Highlands building was an outstanding addition to our growing portfolio in Birmingham, and we see the southside as a vibrant and growing part of the Birmingham landscape.  Certainly, it represents an energizing cross-section of the Birmingham community. We’re excited to be a part of it, said Colin Coyne, COO of Melaver Inc."
Current tenants in the Highland Avenue building include: AG Edwards, Anderson Pewitt & Associates, Blankenship & Seay Consulting Group, Inc., Brock  Investment Group, Business Interiors, Lusk, Lusk, Dowdy, and Caldwell, P.C., Medical Staffing Network, Inc., SPM, Inc., Stephen Bradley & Associates, LLC, Turner & Associates, LLP, Wettermark, Holland, an d Keith, LLC.
The Melaver Birmingham office located in One Federal Place, was recently recognized for achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Commercial Interiors (LEED CI) – the first LEED CI certification in the state of Alabama.  This 1,500 square foot office space has extensive features including daylighting, environmentally friendly low-emitting finishes such bamboo flooring, low VOC paints, sealants and adhesives, Energy Star appliances, and efficient fixtures that reduce water consumption over 30 percent.  An energy efficient copier that defaults to two sided copies and recycling stations help occupants incorporate reuse and recycling into their daily activities.
Melaver, Inc. is also redeveloping the Birmingham Federal Reserve building.  Located between 4th and 5th Avenues North and 18th Street, the $130 million project envisions a 235 room hotel, 150,000 square feet of AAA office space, restaurants, executive residences and a spa.  The project will seek LEED-Gold certification.
Melaver, Inc. is committed to sustainability – the triple-bottom line approach to economic performance, environmental impact, and social engagement with the community. They currently own and manage properties in Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah, Huntsville, and Birmingham, including the World Business Center at 500 Beacon Parkway. The Savannah-based company develops, acquires and renovates, manages, owns and brokers commercial and residential real estate throughout the Southeast .
Contact: (912) 236-0781 or (205) 583-9400

(Savannah, GA) Savannah Country Day School Top Prizes Children’s Book Festival Young Writers Contest

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(Savannah Country Day School, Savannah, GA) Two Savannah Country Day sophomores took home top prizes in the 2007 Savannah Children’s Book Festival Young Writers’ Contest. In the ninth through twelfth grade category, Katie Kenreich and Lynah Stone took home the first and second place prizes respectively.
Sponsored by the Like Oak Public Libraries and the City of Savannah’s Department of Public Affairs, the contest was a salute to the centennial of Savannah’s historic Daffin Park. All entries focused on one of the following topics; the importance of parks and open space, reading in the park, or reflections of Daffin Park.
The contest was open to all area students. Katie and Lynah were awarded their prizes at a reception at the Bull Street Library on Thursday November 8th where they read their poems aloud to an audience of peers, parents, and writing instructors. Both winners were presented with gift certificates from Barnes & Noble.
Savannah Country Day School is a pre-k through twelve independent school that seeks to prepare students of academic and personal promise to meet with confidence, imagination, and integrity the challenges of college and of life. In partnership with supportive families, we strive to cultivate in each student the desire and the discipline to grow wise, to lead lives of personal honor, to appreciate beauty, to pursue physical well being, and to serve others with a generous and compassionate spirit. For more information about Savannah Country Day School, its mission, and its programs, please visit

(SAVANNAH, GA) The New South Café Charitable Efforts

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Chef Matt Cohen, President and owner of The New South Café, raised over $12,000 in direct donations this year through his “Cooking for Charity” series. The New South Café fundraisers supported many local non-profit organizations such as Greenbriar Orphanage, A Working Woman in Need, Old Savannah City Mission and the local chapter of the USO.

Chef Matt is extremely passionate about giving back to the community. “The New South Cafe has been so blessed with the warm welcome the community has given to us that we feel it is not only our privilege, but also our responsibility to give back,” he said.

Furthermore, in the year of 2007 Chef Matt donated his time and talent for charity at many non-profit events around town, such as the March of Dimes fundraiser, the Second Harvest Chef’s Table, and Chocoholic Frolic, contributing over $30,000 through all of his charitable efforts.

“We are not interested in any accolades or recognition,” said Matt, “we just want to do the best that we can to help those that are less fortunate than we are, and to show everyone that the little guy can make a big difference.” Chef Matt hopes that this community-mindedness may inspire some of the bigger guys “to do a little more.”

A fifth generation Savannah native, Chef Matt Cohen is a culinary expert who has worked in big name restaurants throughout New York and Atlanta. His partner, Vice President and Executive Chef Scott Gordon, worked in Florida for the world famous Chef Norman Van Aken, founder of a visionary way of cooking known as “New World Cuisine,” for many years. Both are graduates of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, one of the top rated culinary schools in the world

Founded in 2006, The New South Café offers comfort food gourmet style, matching your appetite for a new culinary experience with your hunger for the authentic food of the south. Chef Matt prides himself in breaking the stigma commonly placed on southern style food, offering a young and fresh perspective on old southern favorites. Their menu showcases Georgia’s finest food ingredients, from wild shrimp to Vidalia onions.

The New South Café is open Tuesday through Saturday, serving lunch from 11 a.m. to3 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The New South Café Express Café, a new addition to the restaurant, allows the guest to dine in and get out in about thirty minutes. Plates off of the express menu are $10 and include a biscuit and sweet tea. The New South Café offers upscale catering services available in-flight, for corporate events, conventions, executive lunches, private parties, weddings, receptions and bar mitzvahs. For more information on The New South Café, visit or call 912-233-7558.

(SAVANNAH) Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty Clegg Roberts Producer status

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(SAVANNAH) – Clegg Roberts has earned November 2007 Top Producer status for  Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty.
Roberts, who specializes in commercial sales, has worked in the real estate field for 20 years and has spent 12 years becoming an expert in Savannah real estate.
 “I believe one aspect of my background that holds me in good stead, especially when representing buyers, is that I have actually been an owner or investor in a number of both residential and commercial properties,” Roberts said.

“Whether it’s a single family fixer-upper, motel or apartment complex, there are any number of subtle pitfalls that can and will arise during a deal,” Roberts said. “A seasoned realtor with true hands-on experience with property analysis goes a long way towards ascertaining so much of the due diligence necessary to determine if a potential purchase is a deal or no deal. Merely pulling a listing off MLS and showing it to an investor does not qualify one as a real estate investment specialist. Nor does having multiple abbreviations after your name on a business card. If you take someone’s hard earned money and put it in real estate, you’d better be darn sure you know the market in general as well as the specifics of that purchase.”

Roberts has been with Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty for the past four years.  He is also involved in property development. Previously, he was a hotel-motel broker in the Florida Keys and operated resort properties there.
Roberts is studying for his Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation. He is a member of the Savannah Area Board of Realtors, Georgia Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors.
Roberts is a member of Isle of Hope Episcopal Church and is a founding member of the Bonna Bella Yacht Club.
Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina. Founded in 1981, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty is noted for outstanding service to its clients, thorough knowledge of Savannah and the South Carolina Low Country, and excellent staff, in addition to having one of the region’s top property management departments. The owners are natives of Savannah who have more than 60 years’ combined experience in real estate. The offices are located at 9, 13, and 17 West Charlton Street on Madison Square in Savannah and 6 Bruin Street in Bluffton, S.C.
For more information, call Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty at (912) 234-3323 or visit

To contact the Bluffton office, call (843) 836-3900.

(RICHMOND HILL, GA) Sugar Magnolia Homes Growth Energy Star Certified

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(RICHMOND HILL, GA) – Sugar Magnolia Homes, a Richmond Hill-based custom home building company, was named the second-fastest growing builder in the United States by a recent issue of The Builder Magazine, a nationally circulated publication aimed at builders.

The magazine compiled a list of 100 companies based on a three-year compound annual growth rate for revenue. Sugar Magnolia has realized incredible growth since the company started in 2004. Sugar Magnolia, which focuses on sustainable building practices, prides itself on cutting costs through heavy reuse and recycling of building materials.  Sugar Magnolia relies on energy-efficient appliances, and its building practices mean less is wasted. The homes prove more cost-efficient to build, and more affordable for homeowners.

The company’s growth came not only from its building techniques, but also due to the fact that Sugar Magnolia saw a downturn in the housing market last year and dramatically slowed new construction to alleviate some of its inventory.

In 2004, Sugar Magnolia’s first year of operation, the company had four closings and net revenue of $1 million. By 2006, the builder had upped its closings to 18 and $6 million. In 2007, Sugar Magnolia projects up to 30 closings and $12 million in revenue, a 100 percent increase over last year.

The Builder Magazine contacted Sugar Magnolia President Derek Pomerenck recently to interview him about the list, which included builders from across America.

Sugar Magnolia Homes has two homes completed in Midtown at White Oak Village, a development off Hwy 17 South in Richmond Hill. The homes were opened for a weekend in October for potential buyers to come in and see how the company’s practices make for a tighter, better-built home. Each of Sugar Magnolia’s Homes at Midtown at White Oak Village is Energy Star certified, which means the building process meets guidelines set by the EPA, providing a healthy, durable and energy efficient home. Some of the main features of Energy Star homes include energy-efficient appliances, lighting and windows, tankless water heaters and foam blown insulation. Sugar Magnolia also emphasizes maximum control of air flow, moisture and temperature. For every ten homes the company builds, enough energy is saved to light one additional home.
For more information, contact Sugar Magnolia Homes at (912) 756-4014, or visit .

(Savannah, GA) Savannah’s Small Business Chamber (SBC) Innovative Ideas

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Small Business Chamber’s New Board Plans for an Exciting 2008

(Savannah, GA) Savannah’s Small Business Chamber (SBC) will be rolling out some new and improved initiatives in the coming year, thanks to the fresh and innovative ideas of the current Board of Directors, elected this summer.

President of the SBC and owner of the local business Smart Feet, Carol Kirchner says that the Board has been exploring many ideas that they will be implementing in 2008 to make the SBC the nexus for all small business owners in the city.

“Many board members are bringing creative ideas to the table,” says Kirchner, “these perspectives have inspired some exciting changes and updates to SBC services and offerings. We are looking for ways to distinguish the SBC from other local organizations and to spotlight our members.”

Bunny Ware, Secretary of the SBC, is one of the new board members who have brought a spark to the organization, imparting a renewed energy and outlook onto the scene. Ware is very enthusiastic about being part of the growth and revitalization of the Small Business Chamber.

“I believe that small businesses in Savannah need an edge in order to compete head to head with big corporations that have access to large budgets and expense accounts,” says Ware. “For this reason, organizations such as Savannah’s Small Business Chamber are an important resource for the small business community.”

Ware is in charge of sales and marketing at The New South Café—a popular Savannah restaurant that serves gourmet southern cuisine and offers upscale catering services—where she is involved with everything from website and brochure creation to networking and promotion of the restaurant.

Ware says that after working in the corporate world for more than ten years, it is a pleasure to now be involved with a small company where she has a direct affect on the company’s growth and success. “It is very hands-on,” says Ware, “you can see the influence that your work has and that is very rewarding.”

Kirchner is enjoying the support she is receiving from Ware and others as she explores ways to expand SBC services to further serve the members of Savannah’s small business community.

Members of the SBC encompass almost every facet of service, products and support imaginable. The SBC provides information, education, and opportunities for networking to promote the success of member businesses and to support the small business community. The SBC holds meetings the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, check them out on the web at

(Savannah, GA) Melaver, Inc. Green Building LEED Projects

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(SAVANNAH) – Green building in Savannah is growing, with an increasing number of environmentally friendly projects completed or in the works, and more local professionals becoming trained in the requirements.
There are triple the number of LEED registered projects in Savannah this year, with nine registered projects this year versus three registered projects in 2006. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is the internationally-recognized standard for high performance, low water and energy use buildings awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The importance of a LEED certification is that it provides third-party verification that green design and construction practices were actually used and implemented, and helps make sure they don’t fall out during value engineering.
“Green building in Savannah is really taking off,” said Tommy Linstroth, president of the Savannah Chapter of the USGBC and Head of Sustainable Initiatives for Melaver, Inc. “This year, we’ve seen the City of Savannah and SCAD both registering projects for LEED certification. Those are two of the largest holders of real estate in the area, and if they are pursuing LEED, it really demonstrates how valuable green building and LEED certification is.”
Savannah now has six LEED certified projects, including two new certified projects in 2007. A registered project is in the planning or building stage, whereas a certified project is a completed project that the USGBC has examined and certified.
The Savannah area now has 105 LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs), a 20 percent increase from 2006 and a 100 percent increase since 2005. The Savannah Chapter of the USGBC held four LEED training seminars this year, with more than 200 people in attendance. LEED APs have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and familiarity with LEED requirements, resources, and processes. Individuals receive LEED accreditation from the USGBC after receiving training and passing a rigorous exam.
“Whereas a firm used to have one LEED AP on staff, it is more and more becoming a requisite for employees of design firms,” Linstroth said. “And it is not just coming from the head of the organization – oftentimes it is coming from the client, who more and more are asking for LEED buildings.”
According to the USGBC, an average LEED project has seen a 30 percent reduction in energy use and a 30 to 50 percent reduction in water use. Some federal agencies, including the General Services Administration, the Department of Agriculture and NASA have required Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for all new construction, and many more encourage it. In addition, a growing number of state and local governments, including Washington D.C., are requiring or encouraging green building.
The monthly meetings held by USGBC-Savannah, which are free and open to the public, draw an average of 70-90 people each month. Including special events, the USGBC Savannah chapter had more than 1600 attendees at events throughout the year.
The number of Savannah-area national members of the USBGC tripled since 2004, with 34 national members here, including seven more this year. The group also has more than 125 local members.
Honor Hutton, a LEED AP and engineer with Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co., said her company has seen an increase in interest in green building over the past year in residential, commercial and industrial projects.
“It’s really hit every sector for us,” she said. “It’s exciting – we’re expanding into a new market.” She expects more engineers at Thomas & Hutton will become LEED Accredited Professionals in the future, with at least one professional for each of the five offices.
Like her grandfather who founded the company in 1946, Hutton is from Tybee and loves the coast. She stated that Thomas & Hutton has always been committed to the community, and the company realizes that this means taking care of the environment. Thomas & Hutton is prepared to utilize cutting-edge methods to help the environment while maintaining its successful business tradition.
Developers have been telling her company they want to do green building, Hutton said. They realize they will protect the environment while also helping their public relations and their sales, she said.
“A lot of the interest in green building is due to companies like Melaver showing that not only can you develop sustainably but you can make a profit,” Hutton said. “Many new companies as well as Savannah’s traditional entrepreneurs are following suit. It’s the next thing here.”
The Savannah Chapter of the United States Green Building Council is dedicated to promoting sustainable design and green building throughout the Creative Coast. The group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month (except December). The meetings are free and open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. The USGBC-Savannah Chapter seeks to educate the public on the long-term benefits of green building and how sustainable design can be integrated or implemented into one’s life.

New LEED certified projects in 2007
Shops 600 at Abercorn Common – LEED Core and Shell Silver
Starland Condos – LEED Core and Shell Gold
3 LEED registered projects in 2006:
Park Place Outreach Home – Youth Center
Frogtown Lofts
Southside library
9 LEED registered projects in 2007:
4 West Liberty St
Arnold Hall, SCAD
Ellis Square
ILA Pension and Welfare Building
JW Buckley and Associates Offices
Jones St Residences
Oakridge Fitness Center
Savannah Country Day Lower Middle School
SCI Cultural Center
Sustainable Fellwood

(SAVANNAH, GA) Barbara Treadwell Speaking at the Jepson Center Auditorium

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Barbara Treadwell, of Treadwell and Associates, LLC will be on January 10th, 2008 from 5:30-7:00.  The title of her speech is “How to Unlock Your Financial Potential.”
According to Treadwell, most people are losing more money than they are saving, no matter what their income.  In the upcoming seminar, she plans to educate the audience on how to have more money, pay less in taxes and have better financial protection with less risk.
If anyone, Treadwell is the one who knows about money.  She has 20 years under her belt in the financial services industry.  Treadwell began her career in finance by first opening an office in New York and later, one in Savannah.  Both offices are nothing short of booming and Treadwell has pioneered her way to the top of the financial services industry.
Treadwell is also featured in the recently published book Magnificent Masters in Financial Services.   To learn more about Treadwell & Associates, LLC you can log on at or you can call the Savannah office at (912) 236-1704.
The Jepson Center is located at 207 W York St in Savannah.  The cost to attend the lecture is $40.  For more information, call (912) 790-8800 or log on to .