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BIA Construction Team Recognized with Community Service Award

Members of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina were recognized with the REGAL Award for Community Service sponsored by The State newspaper. “We are proud to have recognized industry members offering generous support of our community for the past 32 years and very pleased to recognize the BIA Construction Team for Camp Cole as the recipient of the 2020 REGAL Award for Community Service,” said Michelle Long, representing The State newspaper.

Camp Cole and the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina have been working together to create a safe, accessible, and inspirational gathering place where groups can connect, share, encourage and shine. Camp Cole is building a camp and retreat for children, teens, and adults with illnesses, disabilities, and life challenges. The campus will be completely accessible for all abilities and equipped with a state of the art medical facility. With a large 40-acre campus on Garners Ferry Road, Camp Cole will be able to provide safe sleeping quarters for over 200 children and adults while still staying just 15.6 miles from Prisma Health HospitalMidlands.

Members of the BIA have been extremely valuable to Camp Cole in a vast variety of ways. Mark Hood, Michael Nieri and Eddie Yandle participate on

“Camp Cole is deeply appreciative of the diversity of industries that participate in the Building Industry Association. Their knowledge helps elevate our mission to provide a more accessible and safe place for our community.”

KELSEY CARTER

CAMP COLE FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Camp Cole’s Board providing deep knowledge and guidance in regards to the planning and construction of Camp Cole.

Members of the Construction Team providing labor and/or materials and services include Builders First Source, CS Exteriors, Capital Concrete Company, Clarks Termite and Pest Control, Cox and Dinkins Inc., Concrete Supply Company, Dominion Energy, 84 Lumber, Echerer Painting Contractor, Inc., Fogle & Sons Electric, Garden State Tile, Gateway Supply Company, Great Southern Homes, Hood Construction, International Construction Services, Joye Roofing, KB Kitchen & Bath Concepts, Knights Redi Mix, L&W Supply, Lending Path Mortgage, Lucas Insulation, Piedmont Plumbers of Columbia, Rite Rug, Saluda Hill, Inc., Sherwin Williams, Spring Valley Air Conditioning, SRI Cutters Insulation, Stier Supply, Stonequarters, TEC Grills, US Brick, Watertight Systems, Inc., and others have provided in-kind services, sponsorships for events and volunteers.

Many other Members of the BIA have provided financial support and each and every dollar donated is greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to all that are making this dream come true — The Members of the BIA Construction Team for Camp Cole. u

To find out more about Camp Cole, visit campcole.org.

Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show Booth Awards

Best in Show: Saluda Hill, Inc.

The 54th annual Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show was held March 13-15, 2020. The show is put on by the Building Industry Association of Central SC (BIA) and presented by Burgin Roofing. Over 200 exhibitors in all areas of home building, remodeling, decorating and landscaping filled three buildings plus outdoor areas of the SC State Fairgrounds. The show was held amid uncertainty concerning the novel coronavirus pandemic. Although all precautions were taken to ensure the sanitization of the venue, attendance was markedly down from previous years.

The Home Show Chairman, Bill Earle of Great Southern Homes, and other Home Show Committee members walked the show after all of the displays were set up and gave an award to what they felt met the criteria for best display in each building, outdoor areas and for the overall show. Exhibitors in the Home & Garden Show put together some very impressive displays, so this is no easy task. Here are the winners of the 54th Home & Garden Show Booth Awards: BEST IN SHOW

Saluda Hill, Inc.

Saluda Hill Landscapes provides quality design/build services to home and business owners across the midlands. Our custom-built outdoor living display was built in just two days and featured a raised paver patio with seat walls, fire pit, and a functional outdoor kitchen to achieve the most serene paradise for home show attendees.

Visit us online at SaludaHill.com to learn more and follow us on social media to view recent projects by Saluda Hill.

BEST OUTDOOR DISPLAY

Tranquil Escapes

Tranquil Escapes provides design and installation services for your outdoor living area needs. We tripled our display area this year to include the latest trends in pavers, wall and kitchen design as well as pergolas and privacy nook ideas. We also like to include a water feature each year. This year’s showcased the ability to combine fire and water into one feature at an affordable price. We are a small locally owned family business with 17 years experience. We would love to come out and talk to you about creating your very own “tranquil escape” which we all need in these stressful times. 

GOODMAN BUILDING AWARD

Bowers Landscaping and Irrigation

Bowers Landscaping and Irrigation has been “Doing Business the Old-Fashioned Way for Over 65 Years.”

“Doing Business the Old-Fashioned Way” simply means that at Bowers Landscaping we believe that customer service and integrity are the pillars on which our business rests. This combined with our knowledge of the latest outdoor technology and trends, explains why we have had so many satisfied customers over the past 65 years. We look forward to continuing this tradition with you on your next project. Visit us online at BowersLandscaping.com.

CANTEY BUILDING

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Whether it’s a spectacular bloom, a mass of color or an unusual plant structure, there’s always something growing on at Riverbanks Botanical Garden! Hailed by Horticulture magazine as one of 10 gardens that inspire and by HGTV as one of 20 great public gardens across America, Riverbanks Botanical Garden boasts 70 acres of unparalleled beauty.

Dramatic and themed gardens showcase more than 4,200 species of native and exotic plants, providing a living classroom for gardeners and non-gardeners alike—and an ideal location for weddings and special events. Visit us online at Riverbanks.org.

ELLISON BUILDING

Southeastern Salvage

Southeastern Salvage Home Emporium, Where You Can Buy Almost Anything… Almost. Our booth represented many of the eclectic and unique Home Décor items we sell from around the world, giving home show attendees an idea of what a wonderful treasure hunt it is shopping at our stores. Visit www.SoutheasternSalvage.com to learn more about our diverse range of products and follow us on social media to find out about new products arriving.

The Committee also looked for products or lines that show the best combination of design, functionality and innovation, as well as its usefulness to consumers and/or home builders. These are the Home & Garden Show Innovation Awards.

Goodman Building Award: Bowers Landscaping and Irrigation

Cantey Building: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Best Kitchen Product: Lazy Lee, The Closet Factory

BEST KITCHEN PRODUCT

Lazy Lee, The Closet Factory

The Closet Factory is celebrating 20 years servicing Columbia and the surrounding areas. We design, manufacture and install custom closets, pantries, home offices, garages and SO much more! Our custom display featured a Lazy Lee Pantry. Spinning 360 degrees, the lazy lee puts a new spin on storage. The Lazy Lee is a new feature and can be configured to fit a pantry or even a Woman’s Dream Shoe tower that maximizes any corner space you may have. Let Closet Factory put a spin in your world!

Visit us online at closetfactory.com to learn more and follow us on Instagram to view recent projects by ClosetFactory_southcarolina.

BEST BATH PRODUCT

Kohler Shower System, Southern Siding & Window

Southern Siding & Window is part of one of the Southeast’s largest and most respected home improvement companies, with over 240,000 jobs completed since 1967. We have over 18 locations and we are still growing!

We take pride in what we do. That is why our customers keep coming back to us. You won’t find a better collection of quality home improvement products in the Southeast.

We offer a variety of product lines including replacement windows, walk-in showers and walk-in baths, vinyl siding, roofs, gutters, gutter guard systems, patio covers, and attic insulation. All of our products are manufactured right here in the USA and many are custom-made to fit your individual situation.

Not only do we stand behind ALL of our products and services, but in many cases we offer a lifetime warranty on the products that we install! Visit us online at southernsidingcolumbia.com

Best Bath Product: Kohler Shower System, Southern Siding & Window

BEST ENERGY EFFICIENT PRODUCT

Husqvarna Auto Mower, Super Sod

Creating Livable Lawns. Super-Sod is one of the South’s largest suppliers of turfgrass sod and seed. Setting the highest standards for the industry, we strategically placed sod farms and sod stores throughout the Southeast. Our team of experts are committed to providing superior, fresh sod and excellent customer service for each client. Visit us online at supersod.com.

BEST GREEN BUILDING PRODUCT

Outdoor Furniture, Sugar Hill Amish Furniture

At Sugar Creek Amish Furniture, you’ll find one of the largest collections of solid wood, American made, Amish handcrafted furniture anywhere in the Carolinas. Our Amish furniture comes straight from the woodworking shops in Ohio and Indiana, where it is made with careful attention to detail by master craftsmanship. Living room, dining, bedroom and outdoor furniture. Purchase off the floor or custom order for a perfect fit. Choose from 7 types of wood, 100 stain colors, and over 1,000 fabrics and leathers. Plus make it any size you wish.

The quality of our Amish furniture is matched by our commitment to customer service. Sugar Creek Amish Furniture is conveniently located 1270 Bower Parkway in Columbiana Shopping Center or visit our website at sugarcreekamish.com

Best Green Building Product: Outdoor Furniture, Sugar Hill Amish Furniture

Best Energy Efficient Product: Husqvarna Auto Mower, Super Sod

BEST HOME TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT

Wine Dispenser, The Nest – A Cregger Company

The Nest – A Cregger Company showcased the first automated, temperature controlled, four-bottle wine dispensing and preservation system for the home. Choose the right wine and just the right amount —a taste, half glass or full glass— with the touch of a finger.

Maintains the freshness of your favorite wine selections for up to 60 days without the loss of flavor or natural aroma! By Cregger Company, Inc.

Best Home Technology Product: Wine Dispenser, The Nest – A Cregger Company

BEST INDOOR LIVING PRODUCT

REME Halo LED Whole Home Air Purification System, Wilson’s Refrigeration & Air

Wilson’s Refrigeration & Air wants to deliver more than just excellent products and services; we want you—our valued neighbors at home and in the workplace— to have the ultimate comfort and assurance that comes from having a quality air conditioning and refrigeration system supplied by Wilson’s.

Don’t hesitate to contact our refrigeration and air pros for all of your heating and cooling needs. Schedule your service and repair on our website wilsonsair.com.

Best Indoor Living Product: REME Halo LED Whole Home Air Purification System, Wilson’s Refrigeration & Air

BEST OUTDOOR LIVING PRODUCT

Ceramic Coating, Rhino Shield

Exterior painting is a major project that should be tackled every five to ten years to keep your Columbia home or commercial property looking great.

Let us tell you—there’s a much better way! Instead of hiring a painting company every few years or attempting to DIY, invest in Rhino Shield® ceramic coatings! As an authorized dealer, you can count on Palmetto Ceramic Coatings to provide expert installation in accordance with our multi-step process for impressively long-lasting results.

Our family-owned business has completed more than 10,000 successful projects, earning countless positive reviews from past customers, industry recognitions such as the Angie’s List’s “Super Service Award,” and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau along the way. Visit us online at rhinoshieldsc.com.

Best Outdoor Living Product: Ceramic Coating, Rhino Shield

Best Window and Door Product: Lutron Auto Shades, Budget Blinds

BEST WINDOW AND DOOR PRODUCT

Lutron Auto Shades, Budget Blinds

With over 25 years of experience in custom window blinds, shades, drapes, and more, Budget Blinds provide design-driven solutions with the highest levels of customer satisfaction. You’ll have the peace of mind and security that comes with choosing the proven leader.

At Budget Blinds, we’re the local experts in your neighborhood specializing in everything from window blinds and automated shades to custom draperies and the finest designer details. We truly care about you and the community we service. We enjoy getting to know you and your unique style so that we can deliver the perfect solution for your home. Plus, we’re backed by the #1 provider of custom window coverings in North America. Visit us online at budgetblinds.com.

Most Innovative Building Material Product: Epoxy Countertops, Epoxy Creations

MOST INNOVATIVE BUILDING MATERIAL PRODUCT

Epoxy Countertops, Epoxy Creations

Amazing Epoxy Creations designs and builds custom countertops, vanities, shower panels, and bars based on the home or business owner’s style or vision. We use 100% VOC-free epoxy that creates a beautiful, bacteria-resistant surface that is easy to care for, heat & scratch resistant, and will last as long as any stone. Our custom-built display was simply a collection of samples we make for our customers arranged in an eye-catching format that was easy to the unlimited choices available. The centerpiece was a custom bar with a river table centerpiece that allows the light from under the bar to shine through.

Visit us onine at AmazingEpoxyCreations.com or on facebook at Amazing Epoxy Creations for more information.

Thanks to all of the exhibitors for putting on an appealing and friendly show, to the many volunteers who gave their time and energy into making a great show and to the 2,500+ attendees who came out over the weekend to enjoy the show. The Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show will return to the SC State Fairgrounds May 21–23, 2021. u

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