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originated changes. On the other hand, we
stand ready to accommodate owner generated changes throughout the project."

Serving Lowcountry
South Carolina's Lowcountry area stretches
from the Atlantic coast to about 80 miles
inland, and from the North Carolina border
south to Georgia. Limiting itself to that region means that Hill Construction's project
managers and superintendents can do a
daily commute from their homes to the job
site. Hill Construction prides itself on being
a family oriented business.
South Carolina is an area rich with
history and many of the projects Hill Construction undertakes are restorations. Those
often require Hill Construction to complete
work on a building that remains open for
customers, a challenge that demands careful scheduling and coordination to avoid
hampering the customer's business.
Hill Construction is in the process of
wrapping up one such challenge this year.
The company is completing the renova-

tion of 450 hotel rooms at the Belmond
Charleston Place in Charleston's historic
district. The $18.5 million project began in
August 2013 and is on pace to be finished
by August 2016. In addition to the room
renovations, Hill Construction remodeled
the corridors and rooftop spa area and
expanded the ground floor sports bar.
Throughout the project, Hill Construction
has been cognizant of the hotel's ballroom,
around which much of the work is taking
place. Hill Construction is avoiding conflicts
with the ballroom and ensuring that the
hotel can continue to cater to its conference
and events business.
Another major project Hill Construction
recently completed is located just a half-mile
down the road from the Belmond. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church was originally built
in 1872 and was in need of an extensive
structural overhaul when Hill Construction began work on the place of worship
in September 2013. The $7 million project
took a year-and-a-half as Hill Construction
updated the sanctuary inside and out, re-

placed the aging HVAC system with modern,
energy-efficient equipment and shored up
the structure's century-old foundation.
Hill Construction also replaced the slate
roof, reusing much of the existing material to be consistent with the rest of the
building. On the exteriors, Hill Construction
worked with the local historical preservation society to use a specialty stucco that
matched the existing structure.
Thanks to its diversification, the company's volume has returned to pre-recession
levels, although the average job size is
smaller. Dunn believes the company's
growth lies not in expanding its workforce
or area of operations, but by growing the
average size of the projects it undertakes.
Hill Construction is preparing for that
growth by training its junior project managers and superintendents to handle larger
projects and more complicated work. By
pursuing fewer but larger jobs, the company believes it can avoid burnout and raise
the level of its work. "We feel that's the best
way for us to grow," Dunn says.

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