Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 18, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
Vol. 145, No. 138'lour Local Source Since 18(57===== www.aikenstandard.com •
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Agreement reached in SRNS unfair labor suit
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
Though a settlement has not yet been finalized by the National Labor Relations Board, Sav annah River Nuclear Solutions confirmed that a case filed against the contractor on behalf of four former employees alleging unfair labor practices has found a resolution.
The case was initially filed in December by fired SRNS employee Vernon Lee Gulledge of North Augusta, who was terminated for forward
ing to other employees on-site an unsolicited email containing attached information regarding the 1,400-employee layoffs currently under way at the site.
“The NLRB case ... has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties ..." said SRNS spokesperson Barbara Smoak. “We believe that the actions we took in this matter were appropriate and stand by our initial response.” NLRB spokesperson Nancy Cleeland said that the settlement is moving ahead, but there w as a
minor glitch, about which she could not provide details, that prevented it from being finalized yet.
The glitch will not prevent the settlement from going forward, Cleeland said.
“Whatever is holding (the settlement) up is not a real substantive issue, and there is no question that it’s going to go forward,” Cleeland said, adding that there is often a lag between when the party who the case is brought against announces the settlement and when the settlement becomes official.
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GAMECOCK CLUB FAN FEST
Staff photo by Jeremy Timmerman
University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier poses with 8 year-old Bryson Wilson, of Beech Island, at the Gamecock Club Fan Fest at USC Aiken s Convocation Center. More coverage of the event on page 1B.
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Looking for ‘wow’ effect
■Council discusses possible designs for new complex
By HALEY HUGHES
Several members of Aiken County Council want the new office complex to have a “wow” effect and feel that the conceptual rendenngs unveiled Tuesday do not have that.
Council a I sv> approved the proposed FY 2012 budget ti!
$51.6 million on first reading.
McMillan Pit/dan Smith principal K.J. Jacobs presented Council w ith three architectural plans for the new Aiken County Complex and introduced them as “variations on a theme” of a simple form that incorporates the firm’s understanding of this area’s history and architecture.
But, he added, one decision Council will make is whether the building should represent the architectural history of Aiken or stand apart from it.
The conceptual provide a basis tor Council’s feed!'lek. which architects will utilize in die design process, and were not meant to lock in a design.
In each rendering, the complex is roughly 125,000 square feet w ith a three-story front elevation facing Univ ersity Parkway and a two-story hack elev ation facing Lincoln Avenue.
The extenors are Nick, complemented by buff-colored masonry and possess a number of windows for natural light.
Based on each rendering, the fuotpnnt of Ok* building would be roughly the size of a football field.
“A concern of inns is. with a single monumental mass. it can look like a big Nix” Jacobs said.
The first rendering Jacobs described as an elegant, classical form.
The second features a cupola on the roof; a cupola is a small, dome-like structure which historically has sen ed as a belfry, lantern or belvedere and is a common sight in Aiken. Also in the second rendering, there are two sections flanking the from entrance thai have been extended out to create depth and shadowing
Die third is “more modem ’ with a cun mg wall of glass facing University Parkway.
“I would like to see something jump out at me as a main focal point, and these don’t do that for me,” said C ouneil-woman Kathy Rawls.
Councilman Chuck Smith requested that the architects create renderings that show the complex with additional stones - a building that extends upward rather than out.
Rendering I, front elevation
Rendering 1, back elevation
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Rendering 2, front elevation
Rendering 2, back elevation
Rendering 3, front elevation
Rendering 3, back elevation
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Any thing above four stones sive since it requires more
typically comes at a premium, foundation,
according to Jacobs, yet the “This complex is going to
complex’s construction manag- be around 50 to 75 plus years, cr said a building that extends
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