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  • all hands on deck - east marietta library nears completion

    CAS Architecture | August 25, 2017

    As early as November, Cobb County residents will enjoy their new state of the art library. And if that was not enough, they can also enjoy theatrical productions at the new black box theater, catch a movie in the amphitheater, browse art in the new gallery space or take classes on jewelry making, pottery and drawing.

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  • the barnesville library breaks ground

    CAS Architecture | January 30, 2017

    The Flint River Regional Library broke ground on the renovation and expansion of the Barnesville-Lamar County Library. The project consists of a 9,000 sf renovation with a 4,000 sf addition. The library will provide larger children’s and staff work areas, handicapped accessibility, and a multi-purpose room that will serve the community now and in the future.  The design focuses on being environmentally friendly and energy efficient while being easy for the end user to maintain.  The library is partially funded by a $1.38 million State of Georgia Capital Outlay Grant.

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  • hogansville opens new library

    CAS Architecture | December 13, 2016

    Hogansville unveiled its new library to a packed house of local officials and patrons on Tuesday. The new 11,200 square foot state of the art library replaces the original library on main street that had become too small to meet the community’s needs. The library is equipped with modern amenities like self-checkout, RFID security, a 3D printer, multiple computer stations, quiet study rooms, a dedicated teen area, a spacious children’s area and a community room that will also function as council chambers for the city.

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  • columbarium complete

    CAS Architecture | March 20, 2016

    Thank you to the Columbarium Committee at Snellville United Methodist for their passion and vision. It was a privledge to work on such a special project.

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  • columbarium dedicated

    CAS Architecture | January 24, 2016

    On a brisk Sunday morning, family and friends gathered to dedicate the new columbarium at Snellville United Methodist. As pastor Jim led a short service, the peaceful sound of the recently completed granite fountain echoed within the protected exterior courtyard. The inviting new space will offer family and friends a place to visit and reflect on the memories of their loved ones.

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  • cas wins east marietta library commission

    CAS Architecture | November 19, 2015

    We are pleased to announce CAS will be designing the new East Marietta Library and Community Center for Cobb County. The new 30,000 square foot facility located at the existing site of the East Marietta Library will combine both a state of the art library with a black box theatre, gallery space, classrooms for art classes and a large lecture hall. The library is partially funded by a $1.0 million State of Georgia Capital Outlay Grant. Stay tuned for design updates.

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  • hogansville library breaks ground

    CAS Architecture | October 27, 2015

    Located within the historic city downtown, the new 11,000 square foot Hogansville Library design draws inspiration from the surrounding historic homes and agrarian barns. Large overhangs serve dual purposes by providing shaded daylight to the interior spaces as well as offering exterior “front porches” for patrons to relax and enjoy views of the park.

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  • charlton kicks off library design

    CAS Architecture | July 14, 2015

    CAS kicked off the design for the Charlton Public Library in grand fashion this week with a design charrette (old school style with a felt tip pen and trash paper).

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  • barnesville library begins design

    CAS Architecture | June 16, 2015

    CAS kicked off the design for the Barnesville-Lamar County Library. The renovation and expansion of the Barnesville Public Library will be a full service library that meets the educational, recreational and informational needs of the community. The project consists of a 9,000 sf renovation with a 4,000 sf addition. The library will provide larger children’s and staff work areas, handicapped accessibility, and a multi-purpose room that will serve the community now and in the future. The design focuses on being environmentally friendly and energy efficient while being easy for the end user to maintain.

  • columbarium begins construction

    CAS Architecture | May 29, 2015

    Construction has begun on the new columbarium at Snellville United Methodist Church.

  • cas wins charlton library commission

    CAS Architecture | May 25, 2015

    We are pleased to announce CAS will be designing a new addition for as well as renovating the Charlton Public Library. Stay tuned for design updates.

  • CAS presents at GLASS

    CAS Architecture | March 24, 2015

    Title: “A Day In the Life”

    Synopsis: The one hour presentation will take a look a day in the life of a wheelchair bound patron visiting a typical library. We will highlight different aspects of the user’s experience; and how his or her’s visit is hindered or made easy through thoughtful design.

    Made possible by: GLASS: Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services
    Georgia Public Library Service
    GLASS Website http://georgialibraries.org/glass/

    Lake Blackshear Conference Center in Cordele, Georgia

  • cas wins barnesville-lamar county library comission

    CAS Architecture | March 14, 2015

    We are pleased to announce CAS will be designing the renovation and new addition for the Barnesville-Lamar County Library. Stay tuned for design updates.

  • veterans memorial interview

    CAS Architecture | January 22, 2015

    With an introduction by Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts, CAS's Chad Alexander Smith explains the symbolism behind the Snellville Veterans Memorial.

  • gwinnett daily reports on lifegate rezoning

    CAS Architecture | January 12, 2015

    In another unanimous vote, the council approved a permit for Lifegate International church to open in the Fountain Square Shopping Center. 

    “This is a center that really needs tenants,” said Chad Smith, a former Snellville councilman whose firm CAS Architecture is working with the church. “I think it’s a great use for the shopping center.”

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  • hogansville library begins design

    CAS Architecture | January 8, 2015

    If you have ever wondered what a library looks like in the very beginning, this is it. We are thrilled to be working with Hogansville on their new library. Stay tuned for updates.

  • gwinnett citizen writes about bell tower

    CAS Architecture | December 15, 2014

    "We are fortunate to have in our community Chad Alexander Smith, CAS Architecture"
    A Bit of Snellville History – The new Bell Tower By Thomas “Pap” H. Ewing. Read article >

  • graystone design underway

    CAS Architecture | December 3, 2014

    CAS begins design work on the new 10,000 square foot addition to Graystone Church.

  • cas chosen as on call architect

    CAS Architecture | December 2, 2014

    CAS chosen as the new on call Architect for the City of Norcross.

  • gwinnett forum reports on bell tower

    CAS Architecture | November 25, 2014

    The Gwinnett Forum's Elliott Brack reports on the Snellville Bell Tower, "Down Snellville way, its citizens have come together to preserve something that old-timers didn't think existed any more. It's the bell from the Snellville Consolidated School, which for years rang out when the school was beginning, for recess, change of class and school endings." Read online article >

  • our new office location

    CAS Architecture | September 17, 2014

    We are pleased to announce our new office location on the historic square in Lawrenceville. The existing storefront was originally built in 1914, 100 years ago. We will renovate the interior space exposing the beautiful brick walls, refinishing the old wood floors and exposing the wood trusses in the ceiling. Our daily view will be of the historic Gwinnett Courthouse built in 1885. Read more >


  • cas presents to gpls

    CAS Architecture | September 12, 2014

    On September 12th, CAS's Chad Alexander Smith will present to the Georgia Public Library Services "How to Read Blueprints Like a Pro" in Athens, Georgia. The seminar will introduce the necessary skills to read and understand construction documents.

  • old bell rings for first time since 1957

    CAS Architecture | August 28, 2014

    Mr. Emmett Clower, former student at the Old Snellville School, rings the old bell for the first time since 1957. The new tower supports the original bell from the old Snellville School. The tower is located near its original location which is now on the campus of Snellville United Methodist Church.  The original school taught students from 1922 to 1957 until South Gwinnett High School opened. Learn more >

  • event pavilion taking shape at yonah mountain vineyards

    CAS Architecture | August 21, 2014

    The new event facility for Yonah Mountain Vineyards has broken ground and is under construction. Slated to be opened in 2015, the facility will offer event options for weddings, corporate and private parties. The new building is part of the two-hundred acre family winery located on the southeastern base of the iconic Yonah Mountain. Learn more >

  • sumc launches columbarium campagin

    CAS Architecture | August 1, 2014

    For centuries; family, faith and community were all connected to the local church, creating a lasting heritage.

    Because of the rapid increase in the choice of cremation over traditional in-ground burial, SUMC recognized an opportunity to return to the traditional ministry of church interment on their church site.  Learn more >

  • final phase of spine center complete

    CAS Architecture | July 17, 2014

    The Spine Center at Eastside Medical recently completed the final phase of its expansion. The comprehensive center offers patients a full spectrum of care including an initial evaluation, state-of-the-art diagnostic tools such as CT Scan, EMG, and MRI, and conservative management including physical therapy, managed medication, guided nutrition, Fluoroscopy-guided procedures, pain psychology, psychiatry, and surgical management. Learn More >

  • wild wings owner donates thousands to memorial

    CAS Architecture | July 15, 2014

    The Gwinnett Daily Post reports: Bill Petersen, owner of Wild Wings in Snellville, presented Witts and the city with a check for $11,000 Monday, proceeds from a golf tournament held before the Memorial Day dedication of the Veterans’ Memorial. “We had no idea that Bill was going to do this,” Witts said. “This puts us very close to having (the memorial) paid for.” Read online article >

  • documentary about veterans memorial

    CAS Architecture | July 4, 2014

    On July 4, City Hall will be the site of a special presentation of a film about the construction of the new Veterans Memorial, the veterans who helped build it and the memories of about 40 veterans who chose to share their military service stories. Read online article >

  • more than meets the eye

    CAS Architecture | June 21, 2014

    The Snellville Spirit publishes the article "More than Meets the Eye - The Symbolism behind the Snellville Veterans Memorial" by CAS's Chad Alexander Smith explaining the significance of the symbolism used in the memorial. Read article >

  • georgia newz writes about memorial

    CAS Architecture | June 15, 2014

    "The best case in point of projects done by independent organizations is the brand new Snellville Veterans Memorial. This monumental project was built on city owned land yet did not use one dime of taxpayer money. Under the direction of an independent committee the project was financed by donations and sales of commemorative bricks. In the end the memorial which has quickly become a tourist attraction is a gift to the city." Read article >

  • eternally dedicated to veterans

    CAS Architecture | June 6, 2014

    The Gwinnett Citizen writes about the Snellville Veterans Memorial.  

    “I just had an idea and no money and was put in touch with Chad Smith, an architect and former councilman and Snellville Mayor Pro Tem. I explained the situation and Chad said let’s meet and talk.”

    “We went to the site and I told him what I was thinking about and literally within ten minutes he had the new memorial drawn. We both saw that this was what it should be,” says Witts.  Full article >

  • at new veterans memorial, snellville re-lights eternal flame

    CAS Architecture | May 24, 2014

    The Gwinnett Daily Post writes about the Snellville Veterans Memorial dedication.  Full article >

  • video tour memorial dedication

    CAS Architecture | May 24, 2014

  • veterans memorial dedicated in snellville

    CAS Architecture | May 24, 2014

    City officials in Snellville unveiled the new Veterans Memorial with a laying of the wreath and lighting of an eternal flame to remember military veterans. Watch the WSBTV news cast >

  • snellvillle spirit updates memorial's progress

    CAS Architecture | April 19, 2014

    Snellville Mayor Pro-Tem Tom Witts writes about the progress of the Veteran's Memorial in the Spring addition of the Snellville Spirit.  Read the full article >

  • gwinnett daily post writes about memorial

    CAS Architecture | April 2, 2014

    Those driving past Snellville's City Hall and the senior center can now see the new Veteran's Memorial taking shape. The monument will include a “Wall of Veterans,” an eternal flame and a waterfall.

    Councilman Dave Emanuel said of the project."This is a world class memorial that will draw people from all over the country." 

    Read the online article >  Read the print article >

  • memorial pours concrete

    CAS Architecture | March 31, 2014

    Hollandsworth Construction pours the concrete footings for the new Veteran's Memorial.

  • cas launches new cross-platform website

    CAS Architecture | March 2, 2014

    When we first began to think about our new website, it was important we create a responsive layout that would enhance the presentation of our content on larger desktops down to tablets and phones for a better user experience.  Read more >

  • memorial breaks ground

    CAS Architecture | February 28, 2014

    The City of Snellville Veteran’s Memorial is under construction.  Excavation for the footings is currently taking place.  Read the Grayson Patch article >

  • new book published with cas jacket design

    CAS Architecture | November 11, 2013

    Congratulations to Professor Mark Ehrhart for the publication of his new book.  Dr. Ehrhart and Chad Alexander Smith were college roommates.  CAS designed the new book's jacket cover. Read more >

  • chad alexander smith and son win age group

    CAS Architecture | May 27, 2014

    CAS's Chad Alexander Smith and his eldest son win first in their age groups at local 5k.

  • raising funds to return bell tower to original site

    CAS Architecture | November 8, 2013

    The Snellville Historical Society is undertaking a project to return the original school bell of the former Snellville School to the old school grounds, now owned by the Snellville United Methodist Church.  Read GwinnettForum.com's article >

  • cas presents to georgia public library service

    CAS Architecture | December 4, 2013

    On December 4th, CAS's Chad Alexander Smith will present to the Georgia Public Library Services "You and Your Architect" at the historic Bull Street Library in Savannah, Georgia.  The full day seminar will discuss the process of working with an architect and provide insights into the future of library design. Strategies and concepts will be discussed that can improve the utilization and effectiveness of existing libraries as well as provide smart planning for new facilities."

  • fox 5 news reports from veteran's memorial groundbreaking

    CAS Architecture | September 1, 2013

    Watch the Fox 5 News report from the Veteran's Memorial groundbreaking in Snellville >

  • bay creek middle presentation

    CAS Architecture | May 18, 2013

    Chad Alexander Smith presented to classes at Bay Creek Middle School as part of career day. He discussed the fabulous life of being an architect.

  • path project gala

    CAS Architecture | May 17, 2013

    Chad and his wife attended the Path Project Gala. The Path Project helps kids in at-risk communities find the right path for their lives - spiritually, academically, and socially. Learn more about the Path Project >

  • pizzeria venti | the dish

    CAS Architecture | May 10, 2013

    The Dish section of the Gwinnett Daily Posts featurest the newly opened Pizzeria Venti. "Atmosphere: The inside of Pizzeria Venti is narrow and warm. When you first enter the doors, the smell of pizza and herbs hit your senses before you have a chance to look at the menu." Read entire article >

  • pizzeria venti opens

    CAS Architecture | March 27, 2013

    Pizzeria Venti held a grand opening for its new location. CAS renovated the old WineStyles at the Avenue Webb Gin to create a warm and inviting interior with a bit of Italy. More info >

  • architectural record recognizes cas's chad alexander smith

    CAS Architecture | March 18, 2013

    Architectural Record recognized CAS's Chad Alexander Smith for his sketch for the 2012 Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest.  Read article >

  • chad alexander smith completes atlanta marathon

    CAS Architecture | March 17, 2013

  • chad alexander smith completes soldier marathon

    CAS Architecture | November 10, 2012

    CAS's Chad Alexander Smith completed his first marathon, beating his goal time. 

  • tour netherworld

    CAS Architecture | September 30, 2012

    CAS's Chad Alexander Smith provides a tour of the New Netherworld Haunted House addition.

  • USGBC presentation and tour

    CAS Architecture | September 27, 2012

    CAS's Chad Alexander Smith led a tour of the newly completed Hamilton Mill Library to the Georgia Chapter of the United States Green Building Council.  The presentation discussed the strategies used to make the facility the first LEED Gold library in Georgia.

    Executive Director Nancy Stanbery-Kellam says, "The Hamilton Mill Branch of the Gwinnett Counted Public Library (GCPL) provides 21st century customer-focused library services in a state of the art, ecologically-friendly facility. Uniting the pursuit of knowledge with an appreciation of the natural world, the branch is thoughtful mix of epic grandeur and natural simplicity."

  • downtown architecture tour

    CAS Architecture | October 19, 2011

    Chad Alexander Smith led a tour of downtown Atlanta to high school students.  The tour included a stop at the Carlos Museum designed by his graduate professor Michael Graves as well as stops at the High Museum and the new offices of his old employer Perkins + Will.

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