Hood Construction Receives CAGC Construction Excellence Award
Julie Bartels, Feb 27
Hood Construction was the proud recipient of the prestigious Construction Excellence Award this month at the Carolinas AGC annual convention and awards ceremony, held in Boca Raton, Florida. The Carolinas chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America introduced the Construction Excellence Award in 2017 to recognize projects of distinction completed in South and North Carolina during the past twelve months. The winners are selected by a panel of CAGC member representatives, who awarded the projects of merit based on their unique challenges, special values, project management, budget and schedule, and safety performance. This year, Hood Construction was among six firms awarded this honor, for their highly successful Construction Management performance on the Barnes Center project at Clemson University.
Completed in early 2017, the Barnes Center is a historic adaptive re-use of a 4,000 SF, circa 1904 structure on the campus of Clemson University. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, the “sheep barn” as it was known, is the oldest structure of an agricultural purpose on Clemson’s campus. The complexity of this project, located centrally on an active student campus and of a sensitive historic nature, required strong project and pre-construction leadership by Hood’s project team, lead by Hood Senior Project Manager, Charles Stuart.
Key points of focus on this important project, named for Clemson alumnus and Clemson Medallion recipient, Frank S. Barnes, Jr., included retaining the overall barn-rustic aesthetic to honor the history of the structure, the preservation and restoration of as much of the existing exterior siding, posts and interior columns, and original posts as possible, the refurbishment of the original windows, installation of an all-new standing seam metal roof to match the original, and the addition of insulation and new lighting to better suit the building in its new life as an event and activity center. Every piece of material that was installed on the project was done so intentionally with the goal of enhancing the existing structure which required continuous coordination and oversight. The result is a one-of-a-kind, social destination, on the campus of one of South Carolina’s major universities, in a building now equipped to stand for another hundred years.
The Barnes Center before construction, left, and after, at right.
Charles Stuart Named Columbia’s Best & Brightest 35 and Under
Julie Bartels, Sep 18
Hood Construction Company is pleased to congratulate Charles Stuart, LEED AP, Hood Senior Project Manager, as being named one of Columbia’s Best and Brightest 35 and Under Class of 2017. The honor, released annually by Columbia Business Monthly, is described as a list of the Midlands’, “…Powerful business leaders under 35 who have excelled professionally and in their communities.”
To be named to a list of individuals believed to have “Accomplished great things in their company, their industry, and in their community” is an honor for Stuart, who has been with Hood Construction for five years. Charles possesses a passion and focus on the training and awareness of the next generation of construction professionals. As part of this, he has volunteered to speak to Construction Science Management classes at Clemson University, facilitates tours of job sites for young people interested in construction, and serves on Clemson’s Industry Advisory Board. An avid outdoorsman, Charles also serves as a committee member with the Columbia Chapter of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation Association. In this role, he has worked to help elevate the local chapter from below average production, to the top producing chapter in the state for the past two years. Charles has also worked with Habitat for Humanity, serving as a volunteer on ten different residential construction projects for families throughout the state.
Charles has produced numerous successful client projects throughout the Midlands, and the state. Recent projects include the historic Barnes Student Activity Center at Clemson University, two new facilities for Goodwill of the Midlands/Upstate SC, Bottles Beverage Superstore, Gray Collegiate Academy, McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation at SCRA, Palmetto Health Ballentine, Inbra Industries in Orangeburg, and the City of Sumter’s new Municipal Complex (currently under construction).
Hood Construction Installs B757 Cockpit at EdVenture
Julie Bartels, Jun 13
It was an exciting morning last Friday at EdVenture as the Hood Construction team lifted a Boeing 757 cockpit and 747 engine cowling into the second floor for a new exhibit, titled "FLIGHT"!
The carefully coordinated effort consisting of Hood Construction, JHS Architecture: Integrated Design, Mabry Engineering Associates, and D&T Steel, was led by Hood team members Ladd James and Jeremy Rowe. The lifts began with the engine cowling at 7:00am — just as the sun was illuminating the Gervais Street Bridge along the back of the site. Once those pieces were safely inside the building, the cockpit “flew” once more via crane to its new home on the second floor exterior wall of the children’s museum. This exciting educational exhibit will teach children the forces of flight, highlight the career opportunities available in South Carolina related to aviation, and create the sensation of flight for children who climb inside the cockpit overlooking the bridge. The 747 engine cowling, once re-assembled, will be on display for children to view, touch, and even stand inside of to understand its enormous scale.
Hood Construction is a community sponsor of the FLIGHT exhibit, and is excited for the educational benefits it will provide to each child who visits. FLIGHT will open later this summer.
Lizard's Thicket - Elmwood Renovation Set to Begin
Julie Bartels, May 31
Hood Construction is pleased to be producing this highly-anticipated renovation for Lizard's Thicket at their 40-year-old Elmwood Avenue location! Having worked on the new construction and renovations of a number of other locations, Hood is proud to once again be a part of the growth of the successful and long history of Lizard's Thicket. For more information on the upcoming renovation, check out the press release featured this week in Midlands Biz!
Drayton Hall kicks off fundraising campaign for new visitors center
Julie Bartels, Feb 21
Hood Construction Company is proud to be a part of the new Visitor Center project at historic Drayton Hall in Charleston! To learn more about the overall plan and fundraising campaign, check out this article featured today in the Post and Courier.
Hood Construction Welcomes Ken Brophey
Julie Bartels, Jan 09
Hood Construction Company welcomes Ken Brophey to its staff as Director of Institutional Services. Ken is a tenured member of the construction industry, bringing with him three decades of experience in CM-R project delivery.
Having completed over 30 K-12 projects throughout his career, ranging from complex auditorium additions to large scale greenfield construction, Ken has worked throughout all project phases. He possesses a specialized understanding of the needs of today’s school districts, making him an outstanding project leader for institutional projects. Currently, Ken is serving as Project Manager on the Summerville High School Career and Technology Education Addition, which includes 19,600 SF of new classroom facilities as well as a new weight room and a 4,500 SF conversion of existing spaces into athletics facilities. “I am very excited to contribute my area of expertise to the outstanding 30 year success Hood Construction has achieved,” said Brophey, “I’m thrilled for this next step”.
Darla Moore Installed as NAWIC President
Julie Bartels, Sep 14
Hood Construction Company congratulates Darla Moore, Project and Subcontractor Outreach Coordinator, on being installed as the 2016-2017 President of the Columbia Chapter of NAWIC – the National Association of Women in Construction.
Moore, who has been a member of NAWIC’s Columbia chapter for nine years, is heavily involved with the organization – including volunteering at the Annual Golf Tournament which funds scholarships for South Carolina college students in construction-related majors. “NAWIC is dedicated to enhancing the success of women in the construction industry, and I am proud to be a part of its future here in Columbia,” said Moore. Hood Construction supports Darla and other employee-members of NAWIC by participating in numerous association events, as well as periodically hosting tours of construction sites.
As a quality-based business leader, Hood Construction is a long-time supporter of NAWIC and other industry partners, as well as the clients and communities we proudly serve. Congratulations to Darla on being installed into this important leadership role!
Ladd James Joins Hood Construction
Julie Bartels, Aug 22
Hood Construction Company is pleased to announce the addition of Ladd James to our Project Management Team! Ladd joined Hood Construction this spring, bringing with him over 17 years of experience in the construction industry. His strong attention to detail, along with his honest and clear communication style, is a strong compliment to the culture Hood is dedicated to cultivating.
Currently, Ladd is working on the 35,500 SF Toby’s Place for Women and Children project in Forest Acres. His organized and coordinated management style ensures each project milestone is met, while keeping all budgetary and technical requirements smoothly on target. Ladd has a great deal of experience with procurement of building materials, management of trade partners and close coordination with manufacturers. “In May, we proudly celebrated the 30-year anniversary of our firm, and were thrilled to have Ladd officially on board as a valued part of our management team!” said Mark Hood, President and CEO.
McNAIR Center Featured in Commerce Communications
Julie Bartels, Jul 18
This week the McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research was featured in "Commerce Communications: Aerospace Soaring in South Carolina" -- an e-publication of the SC Department of Commerce. Hood Construction was proud to be a part of this project and is thrilled with their success! We share with you the full write-up, below. To learn more about the McNAIR project's construction, visit our portfolio section!
Spotlight: McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research
"To support South Carolina's soaring aerospace industry, the University of South Carolina established the McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research in 2011. Located in Columbia, S.C., the Center is focused on aerospace-related education, research, K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) support, workforce development and industry engagement.
Featuring a research team of more than 30 faculty in the mechanical, chemical, civil and electrical engineering fields, the Center aims to advance the state's knowledge-based economy through aerospace research, interdisciplinary education, economic development, outreach and collaboration with aerospace and allied industries, as well as related government agencies.
As Team South Carolina seeks to further develop our thriving aerospace sector, it's clear that the McNAIR Center will play a large role. After all, it's the collaborative efforts like this, that have helped us become a state that truly is 'Just right' for aerospace."
Parker Annex Ready for Next 100 Years
Julie Bartels, May 24
Hood Project Manager Dean Wilson, Assistant Project Manager Amanda Holyfield, and Superintendent Mike Williams all worked hard with owner Diversified Development to bring the Parker Annex back to life! To read the full story on this exciting historic re-use, click here.