Located just seven miles from its sister resort, Blackberry Farm, Blackberry Mountain officially opened to guests this past February. However, since November 2017, Hickory Construction has been busy building new custom homes. At present, Hickory is constructing four new private residences on the mountain.
“The future is looking bright for Hickory,” said John McMillan, Hickory’s Vice President of Marketing. “We have four homes under construction, and continue to meet with folks wanting us to build for them. It is an honor to be building on such a beautiful piece of East Tennessee.”
From Blackberry Mountain, homeowners and guest will have some of the most spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains.
All the activity on the mountain only adds to the excitement surrounding the recent opening of Blackberry’s newest luxury resort.
Hickory Construction is pleased to announce it has recently promoted Jon Hawker to Vice President of Operations.
As Vice President of Operations, Hawker is responsible for all of Hickory’s production operations. Hawker’s duties are numerous, including managing Hickory’s resources and ensuring every job is completed on time and on budget.
Hickory Chairman Burke Pinnell explains that what makes Hawker unique is his ability to think about the finest details of a single job as well as the company’s overall strategy.
“He can focus on the details or be comfortable with the bigger picture,” Pinnell said.
Since starting out at Hickory in August 2002, Hawker has worked his way up through the ranks on both residential and commercial projects, beginning as a foreman before being promoted to superintendent, project manager, and then senior project manager.
“He’s developed a really keen eye for the fine details of our work, both residential and commercial,” Pinnell said. “He knows Hickory. He knows our culture.”
Hickory Construction is excited to announce we are once again constructing a new auto dealership, this time for Mazda of Knoxville.
This all-new Mazda dealership will be 23,000 square feet, including a showroom, service drive through, and auto service area.
Hickory has a long history with contemporary automotive dealership construction dating back to the 1990s. Since then, Hickory has led several auto dealership construction and remodeling projects, including Land Rover of Knoxville, and several projects for The Harper Auto Square family of dealerships, including Acura, Volkswagen, Infiniti, Fiat, Maserati, Porsche/Jaguar, and most recently Harper Audi.
The Mazda of Knoxville construction project is scheduled to start the end of April and be completed in 10 months.
In December 2018, Hickory Construction completed work on the Knoxville Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, a state-of-the-art 6,300-square-foot facility on Papermill Drive. The office officially opened for patients in January.
Hickory partnered with architect Thomas Ingram of Brewer Ingram Fuller, an architectural firm based in Knoxville, TN. Hickory planned a five-month construction duration and began work on the office in July 2017.
Going to the doctor—especially for surgery—can be stressful, and Dr. Nicole Eisenberg, DDS, wanted to find ways to ease that stress for her patients. She told Hickory that she wanted her office to have a homey feel to help patients feel more relaxed.
To make the office’s interior feel warmer and more inviting for patients than a typical medical office, Hickory built a custom fireplace in the waiting area and assisted with other interior design elements.
The office features French country design for the interior. French country design is an elegant aesthetic that uses warm, neutral tones and flowing, organic lines to create a calm, relaxed atmosphere.
The Knoxville Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery features three consultation areas, three surgeries, a conference room, a lab, training areas, and offices for business administration.
Having completed more than 35 dental facilities, Hickory is proud to be known as one of the premier dental contractors in East Tennessee.
At Hickory, we recognize that our team of skilled professionals is the reason for our success. Because of this exceptional team, we look forward to honoring those who have performed above and beyond during our company awards ceremony. The awards, given each year at Hickory’s annual Christmas Party, are the perfect way to show our gratitude. Cheers to this year’s employee award winners, a valued tradition that Hickory has held for more than 30 years.
Employee of the Year
Most Safety Conscious
Jim McMillan Individual Improvement Award
Rookie of the Year
Special Recognition: Service Division
Earlier this year, Hickory Construction completed Alcoa Tenn Federal Credit Union’s new Eagleton branch. Alcoa Tenn continues to partner with Hickory for the expansion of their main office, scheduled to break ground after the New Year.
Located on North Hall Road in Alcoa, Tenn., Alcoa Tenn’s main office serves as a hub for the credit union. But with the team experiencing rapid growth, the office was quickly becoming too small for employees.
“Throughout the design process, Hickory worked hand-in-hand with Alcoa Tenn and Josh Biden of Johnson Architecture to ensure we address all of their current and future needs,” says Chris Duncan, Hickory Vice President of Commercial Operations. “We even evaluated whether to build a new building or add on to the existing.
Duncan adds, “We ultimately chose to add 6,000 square feet on to the existing structure, laying it out in such a way that we would be able to complete construction while minimizing the impact of the team’s daily operations.”
Similar to the Eagleton branch, the expansion will include a modern, open design. Large glass walls allow for plenty of light to spread through the space, while a large center area is ideal for setting up cubicles as the bank continues to grow.
With an estimated construction timeline of eight months, the Alcoa Tenn expansion is set for completion in late summer 2019.
Hickory Construction continues to make progress on three additions to John Sevier Elementary School. The team broke ground on September 20, 2018, and anticipates completion by May 2019.
Additions total around 13,800 square feet and include a series of new classrooms, faculty areas, restrooms, and an extension to the cafeteria. Throughout the project, the Hickory team will work closely with Jim Hinton of Cope Architecture and John Sevier to ensure the new space exceeds the school’s expectations.
“Hickory is excited to expand our experience working with the local school systems,” says Chris Duncan, Hickory Vice President of Commercial Operations. “We’ve completed several projects with Alcoa City schools and are proud to build a relationship with Maryville City schools.”
As with any school addition that occurs when students are in attendance, special precautions are being made to keep kids and teachers safe.
Duncan explains, “In addition to installing fencing around all of our work areas, the Hickory team implements a badging system so that school staff can immediately tell who’s a part of the construction team.” Other efforts include background checks and compiling a weekly list of the current team that’s sent to the school system.
While work on the additions will continue during the regular school year, interior renovations will take place over school breaks.