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Historical Renovation

Historical downtown home gets a major facelift

Originally built around 1900 by a Sumter area cotton farmer, Henry Jefferson Harby, this beautiful historic downtown home got a complete "makeover" by the Hawkins and Kolb staff. "This was a great project to work on", said Chris Hawkins, "with our experience and working relationships we were able to provide the best craftsmen with the skill set needed for a historical restoration. Every effort was made to use historically accurate materials and technics where possible while blending in modern conveniences without altering the historical feel of the home. I'm sure Mr. Harby would be impressed with the improvements and level of craftsmanship. This beautiful home will be around for another 100 years."


Harby Historical renovation


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Lynches River Environmental Discovery Center

Unique facility recognized by American Institute of Architects

In 2004 a committee of private citizen volunteers was formed to oversee the design and building of an interpretive center at Lynches River County Park in near Florence, SC. The Lynches River Environmental Discovery Center (EDC) featured below is the end result of that effort. To keep in-line with the conservation ideals of the park, the building was designed and built to LEED specifications (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

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LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

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The committee awarded the task to Drakeford Architects and Hawkins and Kolb Construction both from Sumter, SC. Drakeford and Hawkins and Kolb has worked together before on several project. Their combined experience in "green" low impact building technics, acquisition and use of "green" building materials, and being able to value engineer to best utilize the funds available enabled the committee to reach it's goal of LEED Certification.

By implementing the use of 100 percent recycled exterior siding; 100 percent recycled wood flooring; tinted/glazed windows; sensor regulated water faucets; low-flow toilets, and many other environmentally friendly features, the EDC was awarded a Certified rating and was the first public building in Florence County to be LEED Certified.

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The American Institute of Architects Greater Columbia section recognized the combined efforts of Drakeford Architects and Hawkins and Kolb Construction on this unique project and awarded them the AIA Merit award for their work on the Environmental Discovery Center. Their environmentally friendly design, materials and construction technics made this building possible. The EDC is thriving and we invite you to be one of the approximately 18,000 yearly visitors soon.


For more information about Lynches River Park, The Environmental Discovery Center, Hours of operation and directions, visit the County Park website:

Lynches River County Park

"Nature in the Heart of Florence County"





Patriot Park state of the art recreation

Hawkins and Kolb Construction chosen as Lead Contractor on Patriot Park phases 1 and 2

Hawkins and Kolb is proud to have been the lead contractor / builder for both phase 1 (Soccer) and phase 2 (Baseball/Softball) of the Patriot Park Sports Complex in Sumter, SC. The complex is a state of the art recreational facility that will provided the county and it's residents years of enjoyment as well as revenu generation. Below is some information on all 3 phases of the Patriot Park project from the Sumter County website and the County Focus newsletter.

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The Project

The Patriot Park Athletic Complex and Activities Center is both a bold and necessary addition to Sumter County's recreational assets. Before this initiative, Sumter County had not added new ball fields, nor made a significant investment in its parks, since the 1970s. Meanwhile, Sumter County's population has grown by more than 20% during that time span.

The Goal

The purpose of this project is to provide Sumter County youth and adults the kind of facilities they deserve, to ease congestion at other area ballparks, and to create a valuable community asset that actually brings attention and revenue into the county.

The Park

The Patriot Park Complex, located on Patriot Parkway (SC 441) near the intersection of Loring Mill Road, is designed with ALL Sumter County residents in mind, and will include walking paths, a nature center and plenty of green space. Of course it will include new ball fields as well, which will help ease congestion at other area ball fields, some of which stay open well past dark to accommodate the increasing numbers of youths and adults using them.

Patriot Park Front Entrance

More than 3,500 youth athletes in Sumter County participate in soccer, baseball, softball and football each year, learning about teamwork and healthy lifestyles. The completion of Patriot Park give's them the facilities they've earned and will provide walking paths and green space for all of Sumter County's residents.

The Patriot Park Baseball/Softball Complex features a large brick central pavilion — called Patriot Pavilion — that is the centerpiece of the complex. The impressive brick structure is surrounded by four collegiate level softball fields. One field can be used for collegiate level baseball. All four fields can be used by youth of all ages for baseball or softball.

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Patriot Pavilion is unique. Under the protection of one large roof, spectators can visit the concession area and walk to and from all four fields. Behindeach field’s home plate, a large enclosed seating area is provided. Ceiling fans circulate air during hot summer games.

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The concession area, located in the center of the cavernous pavilion on the ground floor, includes a full service grill where patrons can purchase soft drinks and bottled water; hot hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, fries and much more. A state-of-the-art, climate-controlled tower overlooking all four fields features wireless internet access, wireless scoreboard controls and direct dugout phone access.

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The four large, grass-covered mounds separating the fields are protected by a uniquely-designed, easier to see through netting system that allows spectators to safely watch games closer to the action of play. Because of the special netting, the grass-covered mounds have become the most popular venues for watching games. Dugouts are almost three times larger than most recreation ballfield dugouts and are sunken below ground level like those on professional baseball fields. This allows players in the dugouts to watch games from a unique ground level perspective.

Patriot Park Dugout

Each dugout also features bat racks, individual helmet racks and bat bag hangers, two-level seating, electric coolers and fans.“Families and friends of players are impressed with the covered spectator seating surrounding the control tower behind each field,” said Sumter County Deputy Administrator Gary M. Mixon, who previously served as the county’s recreation director. “Press, league and tournament officials and other dignitaries also enjoy the special viewing area in the control tower, located in the center of the complex high above the action. “But for the players,” Mixon added, “the most unique thing about our new baseball/softball complex are the dugouts. Kids, playing at the park for the first time, are blown away by this feature.”

Patriot Park Night Game

There is a third and final phase yet to be completed.“The third phase of our Patriot Park Sportsplex,” said Sumter County Administrator William T. Noonan, “consists of the construction of an environmental center in the middle of the park on a 10-acre pond between the soccer complex and the baseball/softball complex.” The Environmental Center is in the design phase. “The center will have a large enclosed meeting space overlooking the pond with attached outdoor decking,” Noonan said. “The center will have public access restrooms and an outdoor covered shelter area as well. Boardwalks to an island and walking trails to environmental study areas will also be a part of the proposed project in phase three.


Just as in the first two phases, Hawkins and Kolb Construction looks forward to the oportunity to be involved in Phase 3 of the "Sportsplex". For more and larger photos of Patriot Park and many of our other projects visit our Photo Galleries

For more info on Patriot Park Sports Complex visit some of the links provided below:

Sumter County Goverment

County Focus Newsletter

Schedule of events for Patriot Park 2012

There is also a Utube video slideshow of the complex avaliable below.

UTube Video of Patriot Park


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