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.

Lizard's Thicket - Elmwood Renovation Set to Begin

Julie Bartels, May 31

Lizards Thicket Elmwood Ave - rendering courtesy Talmage Architects

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

Drayton Hall rendering

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 Welcomes Ken Brophey

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

Darla Moore Installed as NAWIC President

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

Ladd James Joins Hood Constructions

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

McNAIR Center Featured in Commerce Communications

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

Parker Annex Ready for Next 100 Years

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.

Toby's Place Groundbreaking Held

Julie Bartels, May 19

Oliver Gospel Mission breaks ground on a women's homeless shelter

Toby's Place is an outstanding organization, and a wonderful mission is being fulfilled! Check out Toby's place and make a donation to this much needed endeavor to assist women and children in our community.

To read the full story and see video from the groundbreaking, click here!