Hood Construction Named BIA of Central SC Commercial Contractor of the Year

Julie Bartels, Dec 23

Hood Construction Named BIA of Central SC Commercial Contractor of the Year

Hood Construction is honored to have been named the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina’s Commercial Contractor of the Year. Criteria for the award, given at the annual BIA Holiday Ball on December 13th, include the company’s contribution toward the betterment of the BIA and representing the organization in an outstanding manner.

As a member of the BIA of Central SC, Hood has supported the Construction Workforce Training Coalition by providing job shadowing opportunities for high school students, as well as provided support for Centennial Park at Fort Jackson and Camp Cole. Mark Hood, President and CEO, also serves on the BIA of Central SC Board of Directors – one of his numerous community affiliations which include the Hammond School Board of Directors, Citizens for Sound Conservation, The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Board Chairman of the Oliver Gospel Mission.

“As a lifelong resident of the midlands, I have enjoyed serving with the BIA and promoting the betterment of the construction industry in our area and as a whole,” said Mark Hood, “We are thrilled to be recognized as the Commercial Contractor of the Year and look forward to continuing to serve with the BIA of Central SC for many years to come.”

Hood Construction Breaks Ground on North Central Elementary School

Jordan McCormack, Nov 18

Hood Construction Breaks New Ground with Kershaw Country School District for a new elementary school

We're excited to have broken ground on the new North Central Elementary School for Kershaw County School District! This school will be within walking distance to the North Central Middle and High Schools, where Hood has previously completed work. North Central Elementary School will be able to serve 600 students and will provide plenty of space for new technology.

To learn more, read the feature in ABC Columbia here.

Hammond School Science & Innovation Center wins Honorable Mention at IIDA DesignWorks

Julie Bartels, May 03

Hammond School Science & Innovation Center win Honorable Mention at IIDA DesignWorks

The Hood team is excited to share that the recently completed Science and Innovation Center at Hammond School is the recipient of Honorable Mention in the Education category at IIDA Carolinas' DesignWorks 2019. Designed by Garvin Design Group, the building features as 24-foot SciDome, saltwater aquarium, collaboration spaces, exposed and identified utilities, and a monumental gathering staircase.

To learn more, read the full press release here. Congratulations to all involved!

Hood Construction Reaches 2 Million Man Hours of Safety!

Julie Bartels, Apr 17

Hood Construction Reaches  2 Million Man Hours of Safety!

Hood Construction is Pleased to Announce the Achievement of a Significant Industry Safety Milestone: 2 Million Hours without a lost time incident!

At Hood Construction, a commitment to safety is a vital part of our company focus. From the top down, our organization is completely united on this front -- as every employee works each day to safeguard themselves, our work partners, and the entire surrounding community.

When working in busy neighborhood and business districts on hundreds of projects throughout the state, careful planning and communication is the key to safe and successful results. Hood employs a number of in-house safety initiatives to ensure each jobsite is run safely and smoothly. “We want to make sure that each person working on, visiting, or traveling near our jobsites goes home safely each day,” said Charles Stuart, Hood Construction Senior Project Manager and Safety Director, “Safety is of utmost importance.” To advance this commitment, Hood sponsors various safety training programs for subcontractor partners, while actively engaging in pre-planning of all risk elements, weekly on-site safety meetings and the full-time use of a professional safety consultant.

The results speak for themselves, as Hood is recognized annually by numerous organizations for outstanding safety performance. These include awards from the National AGC, Carolinas AGC, the SC State Chamber, Amerisure, and other industry partners. “I care personally about everyone on our jobsites, and continue to challenge our employees to raise the bar. Our motto is, ‘Build it the right way, everything else will follow’, and that begins with safety. There are very few firms in our industry that can boast this milestone. I am incredibly proud of this accomplishment and what our team has done to make the goal of reaching 2 Million a reality,” said Mark Hood, President and CEO. “Now, we’re ready to set our sights on the next safety goal.”

Boyd Plaza Celebrates Re-Opening

Julie Bartels, Mar 11

Boyd Plaza celebrates grand re-opening

Boyd Plaza held its grand re-opening celebration last Thursday, coinciding with First Thursdays on Main in downtown Columbia, SC.

The new Boyd Plaza features an enhanced gathering space with all new brick pavers, a re-imagined base to the existing Keenan Fountain feature, seating, all new landscaping, and covered porticoes. We are excited for our Client and look forward to enjoying this space for years to come! WACH Fox covered preparations for the event last week in their Arts WACH feature, below:

Drayton Hall Visitor Center Wins Carolopolis Award

Julie Bartels, Jan 28

Drayton Hall Visitor Center Wins Carolopolis Award

Hood Construction is thrilled to share that the Sally Reahard Visitor Center at Drayton Hall, recently completed by the Hood team, has been honored with the Preservation Society of Charleston's Carolopolis Award. To learn more about this tradition, and read more about other award winners, click here.

Hendrix Restaurant Nearing Completion

Julie Bartels, Dec 13

Hendrix Restaurant nearing completion

Our friends at Midlands Biz just shared the good news that Hendrix, a new chef-driven restaurant set to occupy part of the old Hennessy's restaurant space, is nearing completion! This new restaurant and rooftop bar will add a unique experience to Columbia's Main Street. The Hood Construction team has worked with the design talents of Garvin Design Group to give this building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a fresh new appeal. We have enjoyed working with the Owners, design team, and all other partners to bring this project to fruition!

To read the full article and get more information on this exciting new restaurant, click here.

Hammond Innovation Center Featured in Midlands Biz

Julie Bartels, Nov 08

Hammond Innovation Center Featured in Midlands Biz

Midlands Biz recently produced a pretty neat video featuring the new Hammond Innovation Center, and we wanted to share it with you as well! When you have a few minutes to sit back and take a look, watch the video below to learn how this incredible building came to fruition. It was a rewarding process and the final product turned out beautifully! Hood Construction was honored to be a part of this fantastic project.

Hood Construction Nominated for Columbia Metropolitan Magazine’s Best of Columbia 2019

Julie Bartels, Sep 05

Hood Construction Nominated for Columbia Metropolitan Magazine’s Best of Columbia 2019

Hood is honored to be nominated for Columbia Metropolitan’s Best of Columbia 2019 in the “Best Commercial Builder” category. A long-standing tradition in the Metro area, the votes are tabulated online September 1st to October 14th, to vie for the title of “Best of Columbia”.

Hood Construction was founded in Columbia in 1986, and has grown into an organization of outstanding and talented people, dedicated to producing the highest standard in construction products and services. Hood Construction greatly appreciates CMM’s promotion of “Best Of” recognitions.

To cast your ballot, click here!

Senior Project Manager Charles Stuart Named to 2018-2019 Leadership Columbia Class

Julie Bartels, Aug 17

Senior Project Manager Charles Stuart Named to 2018-2019 Leadership Columbia Class

Columbia, SC – Hood Construction Senior Project Manager, Charles Stuart, has been named to the Columbia Chamber’s 2018-2019 class of Leadership Columbia. The program, now in its 46th graduating class, was founded in 1972 and strives to provide the midlands community with a source of diverse leaders, committed to serving their region.

“As a 2002 Leadership Columbia graduate, I am thrilled for Charles to have this opportunity…” said Margaret Colquitt, Hood Construction’s Vice President of Business Development. “Leadership Columbia is an outstanding program, providing win/win growth and engagement for emerging business leaders, as well as the entire Midlands community.” The ten-month program will provide hands-on experience with issues in the community, including education, politics, arts and culture, economic development, finance, environment, and more. “I’m excited to work with the rest of the class and have this chance to give back to the community,” said Stuart.