Goodwill - West Columbia Groundbreaking Held
Julie Bartels, Sep 16
Hood Construction congratulates Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/Midlands SC on the Groundbreaking of their new West Columbia facility. The event marks the start of construction on this ~35,000 SF facility which will be home to a new retail and warehouse hub. For the full story, click here.
McNAIR: Imagination Takes Flight
Julie Bartels, Sep 01
Hood Construction was proud to be the construction partner on the McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research, a composite materials research facility at SCRA in Columbia. Recently, the center was featured in a USC article with a behind the scenes video of the facility.
Hood Construction Congratulates Grill Marks on Opening of Vista Location
Julie Bartels, Aug 25
Columbia, SC – Hood Construction would like to extend a special congratulations to Grill Marks on the opening of their new Vista location in Columbia. This is the second location of Grill Marks, and the first restaurant to open as part of the highly anticipated City Market redevelopment.
The Hood team, comprised of Pre-Construction Manager Dean Wilson, and Project Manager Amanda Holyfield, worked closely with Grill Marks owners and project architect Garvin Design Group to give this historic building a new life. Exposed beams and restored brickwork compliment the roll-up doors and outdoor patio that connect Grill Marks to the outside Vista environment. “It was a true pleasure working with all team members on this project to make it a success,” said Wilson. “We’re thrilled for them on the tremendous success of their grand opening,” added Holyfield.
Upon completion, City Market will feature outdoor patios and a spacious walkway through to Lady Street, along with a variety of other retail and restaurant establishments.
Hood Construction Receives Adaptive Reuse Award
Julie Bartels, May 21
Columbia, SC - Hood Construction is a proud recipient of the Historic Columbia Foundation’s Award for Adaptive Reuse for the renovation of the former Adluh Flour warehouse. Adluh, owned by Allen Brothers Milling Company, is located in Columbia’s Vista at 802/804 Gervais Street and is a widely-known landmark in the area. The two-story brick structure was constructed ca. 1910, and the adjacent mill still remains in use.
The warehouse, having been left vacant for a number of years, underwent a complete revitalization in 2014 and has been rehabilitated into a vibrant restaurant/retail/office business center. In order to restore the historic building’s façade, brick infill of several windows and doors had to be removed, windows replaced, and two new stairwells and an elevator were installed. An outdoor seating patio with canopy was also added as an extension of the first floor restaurant. “It’s been a true pleasure to be a part of this unique building’s revitalization,” said Jeremy Rowe, Hood Vice President of Operations.
Great care was taken to preserve as much of the original heart-of-pine flooring as possible in addition to other specific design specifications – such as installing insulation on the exterior side of the roof to preserve the interior beams. A new roof, mechanical and electrical system, and numerous site improvements also took place as part of the renovation.
Congratulations, Kaminsky’s Baking Company Vista!
Julie Bartels, Apr 14
The Hood Construction team would like to send our congratulations to Homegrown Hospitality Group on the opening of their newest Kaminsky’s Baking Company location in Columbia’s Vista. This is the first Midlands location for Kaminsky’s, following the success of their Charleston store on North Market. The bakery serves a number of cakes and pies, along with a vast array of specialty coffee, wine, craft beer, milkshakes, and cocktails.
The building’s scope included full demolition and build-out of the new kitchen space, serving counter, dining room, and restroom facilities, as well as structural integration with Pearlz Oyster Bar, which is immediately next door. Extensive finish work, a custom bar, mechanical upgrades, and plumbing upgrades also took place in preparation for the new bakery.
Hood Construction Welcomes a New Business Development Partner
Julie Bartels, Apr 07
Hood Construction is pleased to welcome Beverly Frost to our Business Development team. Beverly joined Hood Construction Company in March 2015, bringing with her over 20 years of sales and business development experience throughout the state. While possessing vast experience in all commercial construction product segments, Beverly brings a unique knowledge within South Carolina’s currently robust industrial market.
During her career, she has also worked in the commercial real estate, construction, architecture, and engineering industries – gaining valuable client-oriented knowledge within each discipline. “I’ve been closely acquainted with Beverly for well over a decade – both professionally and personally. Her strong and dedicated tenure within our industry – along with her sincere passion towards true client satisfaction – compliments our firm’s mission in every way. We’re absolutely thrilled to have her on board!” says Margaret Colquitt, Vice President of Business Development.
Beverly is a resident of the Midlands, as well as Charleston’s Lowcountry – and has actively lived and worked in both markets throughout her career. She is a dedicated community leader – serving various volunteer roles for the South Carolina Economic Developers Association (Past President), South Carolina Ambassador for Economic Development/Colleton County 2006, Rotary Club of Charleston Breakfast (Past Board Member), Rotary Club of Blythewood (Past President), and Central SC Alliance Committee of 100 (Past President). Beverly is also a volunteer with Surfers Healing, a national organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of people living with autism.
AIA Greater Columbia Section Tours the Historic Adluh Flour Project
Julie Bartels, Dec 22
Columbia, SC – Hood Construction was proud to welcome the AIA Greater Columbia Section to the Historic Adluh Flour site for their annual membership meeting and tour. The group was led by Hood Construction Project Manager Jeremy Rowe, Studio2LR’s Wes Lyles, Project Architect, and Steve Davis, Hood Construction Project Superintendent.
The tour began with an outstanding presentation of the history of Allen Brothers Milling, given by Bill Allen, Vice President of Adluh Flour. Immediately following was an upstairs tour of two primary sections of the structure. “We were able to salvage the heart of pine flooring for re-use in the building, and the exposed beams will remain. What you see today, with the exposed wood ceiling rafters, is how it will look – since the roof’s insulation will be on the exterior,” explained Jeremy. “It has also been important to keep the flour mill’s operations flowing smoothly while construction operations take place – so we’ve had to be very strategic in our planning of logistics and safety, while remaining efficient with our deliveries and activities outside the building.”
The project’s construction scope consists of new historically-accurate exterior building elements, along with full replacement of the roof system, mechanical system, electrical system, and numerous site improvements. Upon its completion this winter, the Adluh Flour building will boast multiple tenant spaces, as well as a new outdoor patio on the lower level.
Lexington Medical Park - Otarre Pointe Opens
Julie Bartels, Dec 01
Columbia, SC – The team at Hood Construction would like to congratulate Lexington Medical Park - Otarre Pointe on its grand opening! Hood Construction served as construction manager on this new 70,000 SF facility.
For the full story, read The State paper's article on this project and the Cayce growth corridor by clicking here.
Sam Williams Joins the Hood Construction Team
Julie Bartels, Oct 10
Columbia, SC – Hood Construction is pleased to announce the addition of Sam Williams to its project management team. Sam’s role will be Assistant Project Manager, focusing on a range of projects presently underway as well as those in the pre-construction phase.
Sam brings with him over seven years of successful construction experience in executive residential construction. Through his tenure in the industry, Sam has become talented in managing a large variety of highly-customized requirements — utilizing state-of-the-art technologies, high-efficiency building systems, custom-styled acquisitions & installations, high-end finishes and other unique features. “Sam possesses excellent communication skills and the level of high-quality detail our firm is known for,” said Vice President of Operations Jeremy Rowe. “We are very excited to have him join our team.”
Hood Construction Congratulates the SCRA/USC Innovation Center
Julie Bartels, Sep 24
Columbia, SC – Recently, the SCRA/USC McNair Center held a First Look Celebration for their new home at the SCRA building near Assembly Street.
Special presentations were given by USC President Harris Pastides, as well as Executive Director of the McNair Center, Martin Keaney. The McNair Center project will help lead the way for South Carolina’s aerospace research initiatives and promises to be an exciting addition to the SCRA Innovation Building, in Columbia.
Hood Construction and project architect Garvin Design Group were selected to design and complete the up-fit, which will house an advanced composite materials research center to help develop aerospace components.