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O F F I C I A L M AGA Z I N E O F T H E B U I L D I N G I N D US T R Y AS SO C I AT I O N O F C E N T R A L SO U T H C A RO L I N A May/June 2019

The exclusive magazine of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina


Home & Garden Show page 4

Building Industry Advocacy page 8

Ft. Jackson’s Centennial Park page 10


May/June 2019

The exclusive magazine of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina



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2019 HOME & GARDEN SHOW The 53rd Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show was held March 8–10, 2019 at the SC State Fairgrounds. The show featured over 200 exhibitors and vendors and drew about 8,000 attendees. In addition to the many exhibits, the show featured a 55+ Free Friday & Expo, Big Construction Trucks, two Tiny Homes, Deputies from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department featured on “Live PD” and other local first responders, a food court, home and garden seminars, kid’s activities with the West Columbia Jaycee’s and over $30,000 in prizes from exhibitors. Needless to say, it was quite a show. The show looked fantastic and reports from exhibitors and attendees are positive. We’d like to thank the many members, exhibitors and volunteers and sponsors who helped to make the show happen, and we are looking forward to the 54th Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show March 13–15, 2020.

Home & Garden Show Sponsors:

Lanyard Sponsor:

Member Preview Sponsors:

Ticket Sponsor:

Booth Awards:

Aquatic Solutions built a wrap-around water feature complete with Coi and was awarded Best in Show. 4 www.BIAofCentralSC.com


Saluda Hill Landscapes always puts together a stunning garden display for the show, and this year’s display was over-the-top.

Cool Care Heating & Air moved up to the front of the Cantey Building and caught the attention of attendees and our judges with their ductwork decoration and showmanship.

Southeastern Salvage has one of the largest and best looking booths in the show for a few years now. This year they were awarded Best of Show.

Tranquil Escapes, LLC have been dressing up the outdoor entrance of the Home Show for a few years now, and they always bring their A-game. www.BIAofCentralSC.com 5


2019 HOME & GARDEN SHOW cont.

Innovation Awards given to exhibitors with a product or line that shows the best combination of design, functionality and innovation, as well as its usefulness to consumers and/or home builders. Best Kitchen Product: Samsung 4-Door Flex Refrigerator, The Nest – A Cregger Company Best Bath Product: Walk-in tub, Re-Bath of the Midlands Best Energy Efficient Product: Solar Panels, Palmetto Solar Wind Best Green Building Product: Big Yellow Bag, Super Sod Best Home Technology Product: Garage Storage Lift, Midlands Storage Systems Best Indoor Living Product: Temperpedic, Michaelis Mattress Company Best Outdoor Living Product: Adirondack Outdoor Bar with Built-in cooler CHW Cabinetry & Outdoor Best Window and Door Product: Antique Bronze Door, Southern Custom Doors & Hardware Most Innovative Building Material Product: Southeastern Underdeck, Southeastern Underdeck Systems Chairman’s Award, Best Use of Space: Landscapes Unlimited

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Local Housing Data

The BIA of Central SC tracks building permits across local municipalities to help members identify market trends. This data is presented to members in the Quarterly Economic Review e-newsletter. We also send monthly permit reports by request. Members can opt-in or out of each e-mail by logging in at BIAofCentralSC.com and selecting lists under Groups/Interests in your Personal Account Settings. Building Permits Pulled by Municipality – Through April, years 2015 - 2019 Kershaw County

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*Data from West Columbia was not available at time of print

Top 10 Builders by Permits Pulled Through April 2019

Quarterly Economic Review:


Great Southern Homes



McGuinn Homes



Mungo Homes



Ryan Homes, NVR, Rymarc



Essex Homes



Hurricane Construction



DR Horton



Dean Gainey Construction



Eastwood Homes


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Who Said You Can’t Mix Business with Pleasure?


Sun, Sand and Building Codes! Back by popular demand and loaded with education, games, fun and a new member benefit that will be unveiled at the convention. Join your friends and colleagues at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island from August 9-11 for a few days of business and pleasure. Pack your family and your bags for an end of summer send off. SUMMER ATTIRE REQUIRED! HBASC State Convention - Hilton Head Island August 9-11, 2019 - Schedule At-A-Glance wMaster Builder Approved Educational Opportunities wPrenominal Unveiling of New Member Benefit wLive Crab Races...Lead Your Crab into Winners Row wLearn the New Ins and Outs of the 2018 IRC wEconomic Forecasting and Trend Analysis wHBA Member Beach Olympics wLow Country Boil and Much, Much More!

www.hbaofsc.com (803) 771-7408

Early Bird Registration Available Limited Room Rates Available

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ADVOCACY EVENTS One of the most important ways this association benefits the membership is political and legislative action. The BIA of Central SC is actively involved with local, state and national elected officials when it comes to matters involving the building and construction industry. In addition to our efforts, it is of utmost importance that members get involved and speak with their elected officials about industry issues whenever possible. This can be a daunting task, but we offer events that make this as easy as possible. In March and April, we held and participated in a three events to help members communicate with elected officials on all three levels of government.


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BIA Day at the Capitol First, members of the BIA of Central SC went to the SC State Capitol on Wednesday, March 27 to speak with state legislators one-on-one. Members first received an issues briefing from the HBA of SC. We were pleased to have Sen. Dick Harpootlian as a guest speaker at this briefing.

After the briefing, members went to the state house and met with their elected officials, talked about important issues facing our industry and invited them to the upcoming Bird Supper. After meeting with their representatives, members reconvened for lunch at the Capital City Club where Rep. Murrell Smith, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee was the guest speaker. Special thanks to Harvey & Vallini Attorneys for sponsoring this event.

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HBA of SC Bird Supper The HBA of South Carolina hosted the 48th annual Bird Supper on Wednesday, April 3 at SC State Museum in Columbia, SC. The event honors elected officials in the SC Legislature and gives members from across the state a good opportunity to speak with them in a relaxed atmosphere. Over 300 members and guests were in attendance. During the event, the HBA of SC presented the Hammer & Trowel Award to SC Attorney General Alan Wilson.

Builder/REALTOR® Fish Fry And finally, the Builder/REALTOR Fish Fry held Thursday, April 11 at Pine Island on Lake Murray. This event was held in conjunction with the Central Carolina Realtors™ Association and was held in honor of local public officials. Invitations were sent to members of Lexington and Richland County Councils and officials representing many other area towns and municipalities, including code officials. Attendees enjoyed food and beverages, beautiful views of the lake from Pine Island and live music from Prettier Than Matt. Thanks to everyone who attended the event, the staff of CCRA and the many sponsors who made the night possible.

Entertainment Sponsor:

Dinner Sponsor:

Bar Sponsors:

In June, the BIA of Central SC is sending members to Washington, DC for our annual Legislative Bus Trip. The three-day excursion to the nation’s capital is a whirlwind trip where members meet with US Congressmen and women in their offices to talk about important issues facing housing. We’ll have a recap from that trip in our next issue.

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CENTENNIAL PARK FORT JACKSON Construction on the Pavilions at Centennial Park is complete! With the cooperation of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina and their trade partners, the project has wrapped and a ribbon cutting was held on May 21st following the BIA General Membership meeting at Victory Hall. The Pavilions are part of the celebration of Fort Jackson’s 100 year anniversary. The Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina, (BIA) is gifting six pavilions to the Fort’s new Centennial Park. This project partnership with the Building Industry Charitable Foundation will provide meeting places for the thousands of graduating trainees and their families who gather at the Fort almost every week. Graduations take place 47 out of 52 weeks a year at Fort Jackson without much space for celebrations and reunions to occur. BIA members Great Southern Homes, Mungo Homes, Essex Homes, Hood Construction and Covert Homes agreed to solve this problem with the construction of six covered pavilions. The five builders will partner with industry associates to provide the pavilions free of cost.

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Columbia’s Largest Open House of New Homes is the 2019 TOUR OF HOMES held over three weekends in June from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. The annual scattered-site showing will showcase New Home Communities and new homes for your inspection. The TOUR OF HOMES gives the public the opportunity to see the best new home communities and homes in every price range. Columbia’s finest builders and developers will show you their innovative ideas, special design features, dynamic floor plans and fine craftsmanship. Home #1 on the Tour is the Showcase Home by Executive Construction Homes located in Northwoods Villas, a brand new, gated neighborhood in the Woodcreek Farms Community. The Sawgrass I floorplan is located at 309 Chip in Lane, Elgin and displays today’s luxury features in new homes. Featuring 2050 square feet, the Sawgrass I plan gives today’s buyer all the desired rooms on one level. Featuring three bedrooms on the main level as well as an office or flex room, The Sawgrass I demonstrates the desired “open concept” that new home-buyers crave. With a large gourmet kitchen, walk in pantry and large island, home-owners can still be part of family room activities even when cooking or dining. Using today’s advances in building technology and products, this new home has been built with energy efficiency in mind! The Showcase Home is a Certified High Performance Home (CHiP) and also a Universal Living Certified New Home. As you tour the lovely neighborhoods and homes, remember that a new home is still one of the soundest investments you can make. Interest rates are still among the lowest they’ve been in the last 25 years, so now is one of the best times to buy a new home. Perhaps one of the homes or communities you see will be the one that is perfect for your family. The TOUR OF HOMES is now on Facebook! Like the event page by visiting www. Facebook.com/TourOfHomesColumbia. Plan books featuring all of the homes and Featured Communities on the TOUR will be available for free at all Columbia area Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage locations, Re/Max Summit in Sumter, at all of the Featured Communities, specially-marked Free Times racks throughout Columbia, and in digital format on our website. Once you get the book, plan your route and go see some new homes. Get more information at www. BIAofCentralSC.com. www.BIAofCentralSC.com 11


REMODELERS COUNCIL Remembering our Roots

The BIA Remodelers Council held a special Home Coming Meeting on April 23 at Seawell’s. Past Chairmen of the council were invited to the meeting in addition to current members. Nineteen past Chairmen from the council’s first years to present were in attendance at the meeting. We enjoyed hearing of their experiences with the council and association during the meeting. Thanks to Southeastern Insurance Consultants (SIC) for sponsoring the Remodelers Jackpot. All remodelers in attendance (members and non-members) were entered into the drawing for $100. The winner was current Remodelers Council Chairman, Tim Kehoe.

River’s Edge Retreat Service Project Members of the Remodelers Council have been volunteering their time and expertise to help improve a local camp for underprivileged children, River’s Edge Retreat. The camp was preparing for the 2019 camp season and needed some help with the kitchen. Members Pete Williams and Chuck Grimsley installed the new kitchen cabinets in the space.

Members Jeremy “Shreck” Sheckell, Scott Heron and Charles Foster removed the existing tile floor and put down a new floor. 12 www.BIAofCentralSC.com


March After Hours

On March 26, council members met at Southern Custom Doors & Hardware’s Vista showroom on Gadsden Street in downtown Columbia. Over 30 members and guests were in attendance for the meeting where they got to see the wide variety of doors and hardware while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Thanks to everyone at Southern Custom Doors & Hardware for a very enjoyable evening.

Memorial Day BBQ

The Remodelers Council is once again selling BBQ for your Memorial Day Weekend celebration. Ed Byrd and the team at SIC is cooking the ‘que and it is available in quarts or fully-smoked butts. All orders will be filled and ready to pick up on Friday, May 24. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Remodelers Council scholarship and community service project fund.

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SALES AND MARKETING COUNCIL SMC March Quarterly Meeting Our 1st Quarterly meeting of 2019 was held at Segra Park in March. We heard from a panel of speakers, about the impact of Social Media and Digital Marketing in today’s sales industry. The SMC presented a check to Camp Cole with the donations our SMC members made at the 30th Annual REGAL Awards. Thank you to our meeting Sponsors Mungo Homes, Blair Cato Pickren Casterline, LLC, and SCE&G becoming Dominion Energy.

April New Home Bus Tour in Chapin SCE&G Natural Gas and the Sales & Marketing Council present a series of New Home Bus Tours in 2019. REALTORS® and Real Estate Agents can take the tours for just $10 each and see up to five new home communities in one morning. Attendees on the first New Home Bus Tour

Attendees on the second New Home Bus Tour

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The Second Tour was held in April and the bus was sponsored by Clark’s Termite and Pest Control. Attendees toured six new home communities in the Chapin Area and had a fantastic time seeing new homes and networking with peers. The next New Home Bus Tour is scheduled for July 24 and will tour the Northeast Columbia area. The bus is sponsored by New American Funding. It’s only $10 per person to attend, but register soon as there are limited seats available.


Cocktails and Connections

Every Third Wednesday the SMC hosts an event called Cocktails and Connections. We encourage all SMC members and their guest to come mingle and network with their peers. Each month Cocktails and Connections is hosted at a different Venue around the greater Columbia area. Our March Cocktails and Connections was sponsored by Lawyer Lisa and we were at the Hendrix Roof Top Bar. In April we visited Thirsty Fellow on Gadsden Street, which was sponsored by Aurora IT Services. Thank you to all of our members that came to these events. To find out where our next Cocktails and Connections will be located please follow us on Facebook.

Upcoming SMC Meetings Friday, June 7

Sneak Peek for the TOUR OF HOMES, 9:00am–12:00pm Showcase Home in Wood Creek Farms

Thursday June 27

SMC Quarterly Meeting at Segra Park This event is free to SMC members with advance registration.

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The High Performance Building Council of the Building Industry Association of Central SC (BIA) certified the 5500th home in their locally operated Certified High Performance (CHiP) Home Program earlier this year. The program began certifying homes in 2012. “We are lucky to have knowledgeable and passionate builders when it comes to building science and high performance homes,” said High Performance Building Council Chairman, Trevor Michael. “Couple that with the strength and versatility of the National Green Building Standard™ and you’ve got a recipe for success.” The CHiP Home Program is a new home certification program based on the National Green Building Standard™ (ICC 700-2012), an ANSI-approved program developed by industry professionals from across the nation. The program is run locally through the BIA High Performance Building Council. Homes must receive a HERS Index Rating by an independent, third-party rater and meet minimums in the NGBS™ as certified by third-party verifiers. All of the 5000+ CHiP Homes have reached prescribed thresholds in Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Indoor Air Quality and in Homeowner Education, Operation and Maintenance, meaning that these homes produced less waste during construction and use less resources to operate than do homes that are simply built to code. “CHiP Homes are built to be more comfortable and healthier for the inhabitants,” Michael continued, “with the added bonus of costing less to operate than traditional homes.” CHiP Homes can be built by any home builder. Builder Partners in the program include Epic Homes, LLC, Essex Homes, SE, Great Southern Homes, and Southern Traditional Homes. For more information on the BIA High Performance Building Council or the CHiP Home Program, please see our website at http://www.CHiPHomeProgram.com or contact Bin Wilcenski with the BIA of Central SC at (803) 256-6238.

Welcome Southern Traditional Homes to the CHiP Home Program

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We mentioned it above, but we want to thank the team at Southern Traditional Homes for their decision to build all of their homes to the CHiP Home Program. Their first 11 homes were recently certified in the program and we look forward to many years of working with this company.



These are the latest new members in the BIA of Central SC. All of these folks joined the association in March and April 2019.

Builder Members:

EBAR - Thomas Brown - (803) 518-6952 Essex Homes - Butch Greene - (803) 356-8301 Gallup & Lafitte, Inc. - Johnathon Smith - (803) 760-0672 Hayes Building & Remodeling, Inc. – Thomas Hayes - (803) 600-8496 Lewis Construction Services, LLC. - Todd Lewis – (803) 513-2277 M J L. Inc - Bubba McCoy – (843) 761-2007 Mungo Homes – Andy Evans – (803) 749-9000 Yco. Homes – Phil Yarborough - (803) 917-3999

Blueprint advertising opportunities available. Contact Bin Wilcenski at (803) 256-6238. Ask about BIA Member discounts!

Associate Members:

Arcadia – Ron Cupertino - (404) 310-8038 Bilt Rite Corporation - Ashleigh Fallaw - (803) 783-0250 Charwood Country Club – Rock Lucas – (803) 755-2000 Columbia Fireflies – Nick Spano - (803) 888-3002 Fireside Hearth & Home - Ric Kelly - (803) 765-2868 Freedom Furniture & Mattress Outlet – Charles Outlaw - (803) 499-2002 Great Southern Homes, Inc. – Bill Earle - (803) 699-4734 Harvey & Vallini, LLC - Matthew Sullivan - (803) 409-1210 Magruder Window Coverings - Heather Fagan - (803) 796-1924 MSI Surfaces - Kimberly Repp - (714) 685-7500 MSI Surfaces - John Hicks – (678) 237-3028 Pete Alewine Pool & Spa - Brian Adams – (706) 863-1207 Southeastern Insurance Consultants, LLC – Hunter Spivey – (803) 730-8143 Synovus Mortgage Corp. - Michelle Hooker Sarokas - (803) 926-3013 The State Media Company - Dan Morgenstern - (803) 771-8315

Sorry to see you go…

These members have dropped their membership in the association. Let them know you miss them and invite them to come back to the BIA. Bank of America, Deraux Branch Carolina Tree Care, LLC, Charles Moberg Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Penny Broach Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Craig Winesett Crawfords Contracting Services LLC, Brandon Crawford Exceed Landscape Solutions, Inc., Holcombe Smith Lindler’s Construction of SC, LLC, Heather Lindler Mashburn Equipment Company, Robert Parsons Paychex, Zach Hes Rock Solid Brick Pavers & Stone, Inc., Todd Morris Ryan Homes, Kevin Robinson Shells Construction, Inc., Evangeline Hundley ShipShape Cleaning Services LLC, Yaira Orellana Southern Siding & Window Co., Gwen Shull Sun Solutions, Vickie Smith Terminix Service Inc., Scott Adams Tommy Campbell H&A/C, LLC, Clyde Campbell Truck Supply Co. of South Carolina Inc., Thomas Hill

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BIA CALENDAR AT-A-GLANCE Here’s a quick look at what we have planned for the coming months. Please note that all dates and times are subject to change. See the calendar at BIAofCentralSC.com for the best information and login in at the site to register for meetings and events.

May Members are reminded to login at BIAofCentralSC.com to register for meetings. We recently upgraded the on-line member experience so all members will have to re-create login credentials. If you haven’t done so already, follow these steps:

Tuesday, May 21

BIA Membership Meeting, 11:30a, Victory Hall – Ft. Jackson Pre-registration Required in order to get on-base for the meeting Sponsored by: Dominion Energy

Friday, May 24

Memorial Day BBQ Pick-up Date, BIA Office – 625 Taylor St., Columbia, SC If you ordered BBQ, this is the day to pick it up. Thanks for your support!

Monday, May 27

Memorial Day – BIA Office Closed

Thursday, May 30

Remodelers After Hours, 5:30 p.m., Century Glass, 9201 Two Notch Rd. Enjoy networking, food and drinks while learning more about what BIA Member Century Glass has to offer. Free to attend with pre-registration at our website.

1. Click “Member Login” at the top of any page at BIAofCentralSC.com 2. Click “Not yet registered? Sign up now.” 3. Enter the e-mail address we have on file for you 4. Open the e-mail the system sends and follow the instructions. If you have any problems, contact us at (803) 256-6238 or e-mail info@ columbiabuilders.com

June June 3-5

Bus Trip to Washington, D.C. (Event is sold out) Sponsored by: BMC, Essex Homes, Clark’s Pest Control, Home Pest Control, Mungo Homes, and McDonnell & Associates

Friday, June 7

TOUR OF HOMES Sneak Peek, 9am to Noon, Wood Creek Farms

June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23


Wednesday, June 12

Builder Workshop, 11:30 a.m., Location TBA

Wednesday, June 19

SMC Cocktails & Connections, 4:30p – 6:30p, Location TBA

Thursday, June 20

HPBC On-site Experience, Epic Homes project – Gilbert See a Net Zero Energy Home including solar power and a Tesla Powerwall

Tuesday, June 25

Remodelers After Hours, 5:30 p.m., The Nest – A Cregger Company Come see this beautiful showroom in the heart of the Vista. Free with pre-registration.

Thursday, June 27

SMC Quarterly Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Segra Park – Bull Street District BIA Scholarship Recipients Reception, 5:30 p.m., Location TBA

July Tuesday, July 16

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Builder Speed Networking, 8:30 a.m., Seawell’s Contact Alex Williams if you’d like to participate as an Associate or a Builder

By Joining the SC Builders PAC You are Protecting the Future of the Housing Industry. Fire Sprinkler Bill. Stopped the mandate of residential fire sprinklers. Annual Benefit: More than $100 million Construction GL Insurance. Supported a bill that protects against faulty construction claims.

Supported a budget proviso for wind and seismic zone mapping and study:

Annual Benefit: $100 million

Annual Benefit: Over $150 million

Join the Hammer donors below. Visit www.hbaofsc.com or call 803.771.7408. HAMMER & TROWEL CLUB Will Herring Mark Hood Ryan Kaiser Jeff Meyer Steven Mungo Calvin Snow

CAPITOL CLUB Stewart Mungo Allen Patterson

GOLD HAMMER Thom Chumney Michael Dey Gary Finklea Darryl Hall Eric Hedrick Louie Hopkins Earl McLeod Mike Murphree Stan O’Brien Mike Satterfield Chris Taylor Johnny Uldrick Eddie Yandle

SILVER HAMMER Eric Blackburn Joey Carter Brian Casey John Covert Ken Dowling Patrick Dunbar David Gully Bryant Hollowell Joe Jur Brad Kisker Lawrence Langdale Brian Lazarus Manning Lynch Jim Markley Calhoun Mays III Mark Nix Lincoln Privette Matthew Shouse Jason Singletary Chris Taylor Marvin Tisdale Ray Twine

BRONZE HAMMER Andy Barber Patrick Bukszar Mike Cancilla Cheryl Floyd James Graves Jennifer Harding Will Herring Mary Speed Lynch Kim O’Quinn Andrew White

Thanks to all who contribute to S.C. Builders PAC!

You make a difference!


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As temperatures and cooling costs soar, the new frontier in house construction is increasing energy efficiency. Solarbord uses heat-reflecting foil laminated to OSB to stop up to 97% of the sun’s radiant energy. That can mean attics are up to 30˚F cooler, which translates into cooler houses and lower energy costs. With a cooler attic, the ductwork stays cooler and creates a more efficient HVAC operation, reduces HVAC cycles and lengthens the lifespan of your equipment.



Blueprint May/June 2019