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.

Hood Construction Receives CAGC Construction Excellence Award

Julie Bartels, Feb 27

Hood Construction Receives CAGC Construction Excellence Award

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 at Clemson University - before and after
The Barnes Center before construction, left, and after, at right.

Charles Stuart Named Columbia’s Best & Brightest 35 and Under

Julie Bartels, Sep 18

Charles Stuart Named Columbia’s Best & Brightest 35 and Under

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

Boeing 757 cockpit was lifted into the second floor of EdVenture Friday by Hood Construction

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.