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!