Lizard’s Thicket – Beltline Back Open for Business

Julie Bartels, Sep 03

Lizard's Thicket Beltline re-opens after fast-track renovation completed by Hood Construction

Columbia, SC – Hood Construction would like to congratulate Lizard’s Thicket's Beltline location on their "Grand Re-Opening"! This highly popular restaurant destination was promptly re-opened for business following the successful completion of their fabulous fast-track renovation, performed by the team at Hood Construction. The renovation, which included a new exterior façade, refreshed interior finishes, designated parking for carry-out, a new roof, new entrances, upgraded landscaping, and a welcoming front porch enhancement, was completed in just a few weeks to minimize disruption for the location’s loyal customers. We are all thrilled with the end result...and know you will be too!

To read more about the grand re-opening event, visit Lizard’s Thicket’s Facebook page here, and take a look at the project detail in our portfolio!

Hood Construction Set to Begin a Fast-Track Renovation of Lizard’s Thicket - Beltline

Julie Bartels, Jul 30

Lizard's Thicket Beltline Columbia SC

Columbia, SC – A cherished Southern Restaurant’s landmark location is set to undergo a comprehensive renovation to bring it up to date. Lizard’s Thicket – Beltline will be renovated over the course of the next several weeks in order to provide an updated look and feel to its long-time customers. To accommodate the high customer demand of this popular eatery location, a Fast-Track delivery approach is underway to complete and reopen the restaurant as quickly as possible.

The renovation includes a new exterior façade, refreshed interior finishes, designated parking for carry-out, a new roof, new entrances and a welcoming covered porch enhancement. This will be the second project Hood Construction has performed for Lizard’s Thicket. The first was the new construction of the Columbia Northeast location, which the Beltline store should more closely resemble upon completion.

Congratulations, Swamp Cabbage Brewing

Julie Bartels, Jul 30

Swamp Cabbage Brewery Hood Construction Columbia SC

The Hood Construction team would like to congratulate our client, the Boyd Brothers’ Swamp Cabbage Brewery, on their launch event taking place this week. Check out what those guys have brewing on their Facebook page, where they also have full launch week information. We’re excited to have the opportunity to work with such a great addition to craft brewing in the midlands!

Brennen Building Restoration Wins Multiple Historic Awards

Julie Bartels, Jul 30

Brennen Building wins multiple Historic Preservation Awards

Columbia, SC – Hood Construction is pleased to announce that the Brennen Building was recently awarded the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award, presented by Governor Nikki Haley, for its comprehensive historic renovation completed in late 2013. The building’s owner, First Citizens Bank & Trust, was fully dedicated to its meticulous restoration, which was completed utilizing a Design-Assist process with Hood Construction and Studio 2LR Architecture + Interiors. The completed project provides a fabulous enhancement to this high-level business district located directly across from the state Capital, complementing the market with the new additions of First Citizen’s Café and Bourbon Restaurant.

Other awards garnered by the Brennen Building restoration include the Historic Columbia Foundation’s Historic Preservation Award for Excellence in Preservation/Restoration, and the American Institute of Architects South Carolina Chapter Historic Preservation Honor Award.

Announcing New Member to Hood Construction Team

Julie Bartels, Jul 29

Amanda Holyfield joins Hood Construction

Columbia, SC – Hood Construction is excited to announce the recent addition of a new team member, Amanda Holyfield.

Amanda comes to Hood Construction as an Assistant Project Manager, bringing with her over two years of successful construction experience. As graduate of the University of South Carolina in Civil Engineering, she commands strengths in AutoCAD, as well as estimating and scheduling software. Her previous experience providing support to multiple project managers and superintendents, has allowed her to develop solid field management knowledge and excellent communication skills. Amanda is also an active member of the local sports community, serving as Assistant Coach for the Hammond Girls Volleyball team during several seasons.

Hood Construction Breaks Ground on New Parish Life Center

Julie Bartels, May 28

groundbreaking held at the new St. Joseph Catholic Church future Parish Life Center site

Columbia, SC – The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Parish Life Center at St. Joseph Catholic Church, a landmark along Columbia’s Devine Street corridor, took place May 27th just after evening mass. Monsignor Richard Harris led the dedication, where a number of Parishioners and members of the surrounding neighborhoods were in attendance for this celebrated occasion.

Hood Construction was selected as the Construction Manager for this Design-Assist endeavor, to work in concert with Jumper Carter Sease Architects. St. Joseph’s new Parish Life Center is beautifully designed to complement the existing campus, while further enhancing the local community, providing a seamless transition for the surrounding campus. Exterior finishes include historically significant detailing, cathedral windows and fine stone craftsmanship – while the interior scope delivers additional special features, such as a monumental staircase, flexible meeting spaces, a warming kitchen, parish offices, and a counseling center.

A comprehensive site work re-design was also incorporated, to accommodate the new 21,000 SF, 2-story structure -- while providing additional parking and accessibility options for the Parishioners. The new Parish Life Center should be completed in early 2015.

Hood Construction Named Construction Manager for Gray Collegiate Academy

Julie Bartels, Mar 28

rendering of Gray Collegiate Academy

Columbia, SC – Hood Construction has been selected as Construction Manager for a new and exciting charter school project in Columbia, SC. Developed by American Charter Development, the school – Gray Collegiate Academy – offers unique educational initiatives and is a valuable institutional choice in the midlands.

Gray Collegiate Academy, located on Leaphart Road in Columbia, aims to provide excellent academic and athletic programs and its curriculum allows students to graduate with an Associates in Arts degree. Its new facility will consist of a renovation of an existing structure into a gymnasium and dining facility, as well as ground-up construction of a new classroom building. The increased learning and activity space for the school will be a significant improvement an asset to its programs – allowing expansion and growth of educational programs as needed.

The Gray Academy project has a highly sensitive timetable and will be completed on a fast-track schedule. Upon completion, it will be part of a line of successful educational/institutional projects managed by Hood Construction – including multiple projects at USC, Hammond School, Wilson Hall, Midlands Technical College, along with numerous SC Public School District projects.

Hood Construction Selected as Construction Manager for the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority House Renovations

Julie Bartels, Feb 27

rendering of Kappa Kappa Gamma house expansion

Columbia, SC – Hood Construction is pleased to announce the award of the Kappa Kappa Gamma house renovation and expansion project to take place this summer. The project, which was awarded through an invited RFP/interview process, will break ground in May and be completed late July. This fast-track project is not the first in the Greek Village for Hood Construction, who completed a renovation of similar timeline and scope for Kappa Delta just last summer.

The renovation and expansion, designed by Scott Lambert, AIA, NCARB, of Lambert Architecture, promises to provide increased kitchen and serving space for the members of KKG, while also expanding their chapter room and updating and relocating the house mother’s suite.

The Kappa Kappa Gamma house renovation project marks the sixth project Hood Construction has produced within the Greek Village, and the eighth for the combined Hood staff. Other notable projects include the construction of the Chi Omega house, construction and subsequent expansion of the Kappa Delta House, and construction of the Pi Kappa Phi House, as well as various improvements to the Greek Village overall.

Team Hood Construction Walks in Honor of Annie Viles at Midlands Heart Walk 2014

Julie Bartels, Mar 26

Hood Construction Heart Walk Team 2014

Columbia, SC – Hood Construction assembled a team of 15 walkers to participate in the American Heart Association’s Midlands Heart Walk 2014. The walk, which spanned 3.3 miles from Colonial Life Arena, down Gervais Street, across the Gervais Street Bridge, crossing through Cayce and back into Columbia via Blossom Street, garnered participation from a number of Midlands-area businesses and was an outstanding success. Human and canine walkers alike enjoyed the beautiful city walk and the chance to raise money for the American Heart Association.

Hood Construction was especially proud to walk in honor of the wife of a valued team member, Annie Viles, who received a heart transplant earlier this year. Annie’s husband, Jerry, is a superintendent at Hood with over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry. The opportunity to help raise money to take a stand against the #1 killer of Americans, while also honoring a dear friend of Hood Construction, was a rewarding experience for the entire Hood Team.

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated and donated to the Hood Team and contributed to this very worthy cause – together we will make a difference!