Sitting down with Scott Garvin, president
What is the mission of your business?
Garvin Design Group works hard to develop creative, client-oriented design solutions. Our clients often tell us that our core strength is grounded in how well we work together as a team and how much fun we have with the design process.
What differentiates your business from other specialists in the field?
Our clients seem to enjoy our enthusiasm, which is a reflection of our internal chemistry and comradery. My business partners — Mark Timbes, Terry Buchmann and David Sickinger — have amazing talents and are the leaders of our creative process. We work with a group of incredible people. One of our business niches is historic renovation, and we take great satisfaction in repurposing an old building by understanding its “story” and thoughtfully bringing it back to life.
How has the Columbia community benefitted from your business?
There are a number of buildings in Columbia that we have been able to rehabilitate, resulting in a significant impact to the surrounding community — Olympia and Granby Mills, 701 Whaley, Mast General Store (Lourie’s), USC’s Women’s Quad, Palmetto Compress Warehouse and the City Market. One of the essential components of our process is to form a strategic alliance with a construction partner, to ensure that every decision results in maximum value for the client and the building.
What do you like best about your line of work?
The greatest reward for us is to see our clients and their customers enjoy the repurposed structure.