Shaw Design To Direct 12-Day “Building Blitz” in Chapel Hill

Rendering, front view, future New Life Fellowship hall and classroom building.
Rendering, front view, future New Life Fellowship hall and classroom building.

An army of volunteers will construct church fellowship hall.

Like a conductor directing an orchestra, Chapel Hill architect Keith Shaw, AIA, principal of Shaw Design Associates, will direct a “building blitz” later this month as local volunteers and another 55 volunteers from as far away as Trinidad come together to construct New Life Fellowship’s new 6184-square-foot fellowship hall and classroom in just 12 days.

With help from general contractor AG Builders, the blitz will take place at the church’s new campus — 166 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill — from October 25 to November 5. It will begin with a foundation slab in place and end with all interior walls framed and the Prairie Style exterior nearly completed.

“It’s going to be an exciting opportunity to witness what can be accomplished in a short time when everyone involved is so dedicated to the outcome,” Shaw said.

Well-known for the estate homes he’s designed within the gates of The Governor’s Club in Chapel Hill, Keith Shaw is also a lay leader in New Life Fellowship, a Seventh-day Adventist Church currently in Durham. As such, he and the congregation called upon Maranatha International, a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to make this building blitz happen.

A non-profit organization, Maranatha assists with at least a dozen construction projects in North America each year by mobilizing volunteers. Projects range from renovations of existing buildings to new construction.

New Life Fellowship’s building blitz will cover Phase One of the total project. Phase Two will add a 7010-square-foot main lobby and 300-seat sanctuary to the 3.5-acre church campus.

Primary exterior building materials will include six-inch energy-saving SIPS wall panels (structural insulated panels), Hardie® Shake siding, brick and stone. All lighting will be LED, and will be donated to the project.

According to Shaw, the volunteer labor and lighting donation will provide a huge cost savings for the church. Site work is estimated at $475,000 with construction cost projected as $500,000.

For more information on the 12-day building blitz, follow New Life Fellowship’s Facebook page. For more information on Shaw Design Associates, visit

About Shaw Design Associates:

Founded by Keith Shaw, AIA, in 1995, Shaw Design Associates, P.A. is a recognized leader in providing innovative architectural solutions for all project types – solutions based on time-tested, enduring standards and plan elements that are vital to design integrity. The firm adheres to these design truths by focusing on the land, the light, and the patterns of interaction between the owner, the structure, and the environment. Shaw Design Associates is located at 180 Providence Road, #8, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. For more information, visit or call 919.493.0528.

Raleigh Metro Magazine Previews Georgia Carroll Kyser’s Memoirs

Georgia Kyser
Georgia Kyser

October 8, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Supermodel, film star and the former wife of Big Band leader Kay Kyser, Georgia Carroll Kyser has made a new home for herself in the Cedars at Meadowmont retirement village in Chapel Hill, where she is working on her memoirs. Raleigh Metro Magazine artist-at-large Louis St. Lewis offers a glimpse into the upcoming book, entitled “Now and Then,” and into the life of the “Grand Dame of Chapel Hill” in the October edition.

“I had always known Georgia was a model and film star in her salad days, but only when I started delving deeper into her past did I fall under the spell of her perfect features, charmed life and lovely cheekbones,” Louis writes. “She has seen it all in her day, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich and other names that resonate through the ages. Her close friends included Lucille Ball, Jimmy Stewart, Dinah Shore and Alan Ladd.”

Georgia Kyser has called Chapel Hill home for over a half century, since her famous husband retired there. Extremely fond of her adopted home, she became involved in the life and look of the “Village.” Louis notes that she helped set the tone for “the elegant Carolina Inn,” she had a say in the town’s appearance statutes, and she lent her good taste to the decors of many of Chapel Hill’s finest homes. She and Ida Friday, the wife of UNC-Chapel Hill President Emeritus William Friday, co-founded the Chapel Hill Preservation Society in the early 1970s. Kyser was graduated from UNC at the age of 50.

The excerpt from “Now and Then” recalls the first trip the soon-to-be supermodel made to New York City, where modeling agency legend John Robert Powers signed her up for a Redbook cover as soon as he laid eyes on the young girl from Texas dressed all in white.

To read Louis St. Lewis’ entire column, including the excerpt. go to

About Metro Magazine:

Established in 1999, Raleigh Metro Magazine is a monthly publication covering North Carolina from the Research Triangle area to the coast, with a circulation of 40,000. It is available on newsstands and at

Metro Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Series on Regional Cities

January 14, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – To celebrate its tenth year of publishing during 2009, Raleigh Metro Magazine has launched a five-month, in-depth exploration of the cities, towns and coastal communities that comprise its readership reach: their history; where they are today, and what they’re poised to become by the Year 2020.

The series begins this month in the Triangle area — which, as editor and publisher Bernie Reeves notes in his introduction, is actually “a rhomboid, a four-sized configuration comprised of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary.”

Metro’s January edition focuses on Cary, the “biggest little town in the South,” where a passion for its past blends seamlessly with world-class companies and accommodations. Metro writers Diane Lea (design, historic preservation) and Rick Smith (technology) study the people, places and commitments – to the arts, to the environment, to controlled growth — that continue to make this thriving “town” so appealing to residents and business.

Calling Cary “the keystone of the geometry of the Triangle,” Smith writes, “With a booming, largely affluent population and an economy anchored by high-tech stalwarts…Cary wraps up the first decade of a new century with strong momentum for continuing growth in the years ahead.”

In its February edition, Metro  senior writer Sharon Swanson  will take readers into the heart and soul of Chapel Hill, once defined as a “college town” yet solidly on its way to being much more than just the flagship home of the University of North Carolina. Food Editor Moreton Neal will provide a history of cuisine in this “foodie” town and Diane Lea reviews the architecture, new and old, of this progressive university community.

In March Metro will dig deep into Durham, a city defined as much by its bohemian fringe and trendy warehouse district as its “City of Medicine” status. Veteran writer Jim Hughes, a Durham native who knows the Bull City inside and out, promises a not-to-be-missed journey into the heart of Durham. Food editor Moreton Neal will examine the city’s great culinary tradition and Diane Lea will survey the gracious architecture of the past with the thrusting skyline of the new Durham.

North Carolina’s Capital City – Raleigh – will be the focus of the April edition, with several writers assigned to tackle this fast-growing and sophisticated metropolis. Steeped in history, Raleigh is changing rapidly inside and outside its landmark beltline.

The many communities and beaches that comprise the “down east” portion of Metro’s reach will centerpiece the May 2009 edition written by Dr. James Leutze, former chancellor of UNC-Wilmington and a regular Metro columnist. With coastal issues “going critical” in the next decade, Leutze will draw on his expertise on the subject to clarify the key issues, including offshore drilling; beach renourishment; explosive growth and the impact on the region and state.

Raleigh Metro Magazine is available on newsstands and online at

For more information and to access the special features on Cary, NC, visit

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