Steve Kendrick

Owner

As a kid I loved construction. Not so much the dump trucks and bulldozers, but building things—like tree forts and Lego houses. In college I developed an entrepreneurial spirit, but struggled to figure out what kind of business I wanted to be in. I still remember where I was when the light bulb went off: It was 1988, I was driving down the Massachusetts Turnpike delivering a car full of computers to a client in my beat-up Volkswagen Jetta when it just hit me that I wanted to build houses. From there, it all clicked. After graduating from Babson College, a business school near Boston, I moved to Washington, D.C., to work under a great craftsman and relative, Dave Swanson. Dave taught me a lot about all of the trades, enough to be dangerous. I went back to school and took classes in architecture and urban planning. A fortunate twist of events led me to Charleston, where I eventually saved and borrowed enough money to start Structures in 1999.

My wife and I feel fortunate to have raised our three children in Mount Pleasant, and we love taking advantage of all the Low Country has to offer. Aside from work and family, another great passion of mine is East Cooper Habitat for Humanity. I’ve been a board member for close to ten years, and built three Habitat houses in the East Cooper community.  I love what I do. It combines my passion for great architecture, quality construction and managing a professional business. I’ve surrounded myself with great people who share my commitment to providing outstanding service and quality to every single client who chooses to build their home with Structures.

Chris Hulsey

General Manager

In the late 1990s, I was given the opportunity to work with a local custom home builder.  Having worked previously in a corporate environment, this move was a risky, but exciting adventure.  And it was in Charleston, which is the best place on earth to live and work.  What I didn’t realize at the time was this move would uncover a passion and excitement that would sustain my career for the next 20+ years.  I was already a SC licensed realtor and soon obtained my residential home builder license.  Business was good and the company grew.  Building in some of the low country’s premier neighborhoods, I was exposed to Charleston’s beautiful architecture and had the privilege of working with some of the finest architects and craftsman in town.  In 2012, I was led to Structures Building Company.  Having known the owner, Steve Kendrick, for years, I knew Structures was a group of highly talented people who shared my passion for building.

Custom building is both highly challenging and extremely rewarding, not only because of the incredible and unique houses we build, but also because of the relationships we develop with our clients along the way.  There’s something special about bringing a group of people together, along with raw materials and supplies, and to produce a structure that will be someone’s home. Whether they are raising their families or enjoying their retirement years, our clients’ homes are places that will not only provide shelter and security, but will also be where life-long memories are made. I take great pride in knowing this, and feel very fortunate to be a part of the Structures family.

R.P. Newton

Senior Project Manager

I have been around construction sites my entire life. My earliest memories are of being toted around on weekend jobs with my father and uncle. I spent my high school summers doing demolition for large renovation projects and my college summers painting commercial and industrial projects. Despite all of my exposure to the construction industry, however, I never considered it to be my chosen profession. I went on to earn a degree in Economics and dabbled in other lines of work until 1998, when an opportunity to move to Charleston led me back to the construction field. I have never looked back since.  For over 13 years, each new house has brought new challenges and hurdles that keep things new and exciting. I view each house as a puzzle. As an estimator, I get to be involved at an early stage, learn the architect’s intended design and client’s vision, and to make sure pieces will fit together before they are assembled. The motivation behind this tedium is the satisfaction that we met the customer’s expectations.

When I am not working, I enjoy, reading, tinkering in the yard, cooking and spending time with my wife, Mandy and son Zach.  During the Fall, you can always find me in the stands cheering for my son who loves playing football.

Dave Hargis

Senior Project Manager

As a kid growing up in Virginia, I was constantly changing my mind on what I wanted to be when I grew up. It spanned from being a drummer in a band to a veterinarian. It wasn’t until one summer while attending Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) that it hit me. I remember working as a laborer on a construction site one summer while watching the project manager arrive and guide everyone in the right direction. I thought to myself, “I want to be that guy one day.” And here I am! I enjoy many different aspects of the building process from finish carpentry to architectural & interior design but I really appreciate being able to see the finished product. I take great pride in driving schedules, executing details, being budget conscious and delivering exceptional quality but most importantly in guiding clients through the process of building a home. I work with an extremely talented group of people who all share a similar passion for their careers. I feel very lucky to build homes for people and to work with a group like Structures Building Company!

Daniel Peek

Senior Project Manager

As a kid, I was always tinkering around with anything I could get my hands on, trying to figure out how things worked.  My parents would often find me in the basement taking things apart and putting them back together.  For a few summers as a teenager, I got to spend some time with a close family friend who was a master craftsman.  I was able to assist him on a handful of projects while he was building a house.  I was always amazed by his ability to build anything from scratch, even without instructions or plans.  After college I had a few jobs that I liked, but it wasn’t until a local contractor asked if I had ever thought about building houses that I figured out what I really wanted to do with my life.  I love building homes because it provides challenges and excitement every day.  I enjoy building relationships with my clients while collaborating with architects, designers, and trades to deliver beautiful, efficient, comfortable homes.  When the opportunity to work for Structures came around, I jumped at the chance.  It is a joy to work with the incredible team they have assembled.

Outside of work, you can usually find me with my wife, Ellen, and our son.  We love spending time outdoors and on the water, exploring this beautiful place we get to call home.

Randy Reese

Project Manager

Born and raised in Hampstead, MD, I spent six years in the U.S. Coast Guard right out of high school.  During those years, I not only got to travel the world, but also honed my construction skills as a member of the Field Construction Force/DC Shop.  After working for the Coast Guard in California, Hawaii, Alaska, all over Asia, and many Loran stations on the Pacific Islands and coral atolls, I returned home and started my own custom building company.  But my travels and service to my country didn’t end there: I also joined the Maryland Air National Guard, which took me all over Europe as an A-10 Fighter Jet Crew Chief.  I graduated from the Air Force Leadership School in Hawaii, studied business management and leadership, and became very active in my local government and business community in Maryland before packing up the family and moving to Charleston in 1999.

I’ve spent most of my 20 years here in Charleston as a self-employed builder: framing, carpentry, remodeling, and spec building.  I worked with Structures for many years as a subcontractor before they finally convinced me to come on board as a full-time employee.  Now I feel like I’ve got the best of both worlds: I still get to do the hands-on, detail-oriented construction work that I love, but now I am part of the bigger team at Structures, a company whose values and passion for building high quality homes match my own.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife, my four sons, and my grandchildren.

Alex Wolcott

Project Manager

I grew up in Albuquerque, NM, and moved to San Diego after high school.  As the only son of a single mother, I learned at an early age to help make repairs on our house.  I remember her showing me a leak under the kitchen sink when I was 10 or 11 and saying, “Do you see all the plumbing parts?  Everything you see here was invented and designed by a woman or a man, and if you want to, you could do the same!”  After high school, my first construction job was at a flood company in San Diego.  From there I progressed to framing journeyman and licensed building contractor, holding both residential and commercial licenses.  I have always approached the challenges of building with the mind set my mother instilled in me when I was young.

While working mostly in the commercial industry, I always appreciated custom residential home building.  I applied and interviewed with multiple contractors when our family relocated to Charleston.  When I did research on projects that Steve and Structures had completed, I knew right away that this was where I wanted to be.  Over the past year, my appreciation has only gotten deeper for the people I work with and the incredible amount of knowledge they have to share.  This is what I appreciate most about being a member of the Structures Family.

When I am not at work, I love spending time with my family and cooking, drinking wine, and listening to music while we gather in the kitchen.  My wife, Melissa, and our two children, Sophia and Christian, love beach days, sporting events, learning, and simply having fun.  My mother was a restauranteur.  Being the only boy in a family of Italian women, my two older sisters frequently left me out of girly things so, my mother and grandmother put me to work helping in the kitchen of the successful restaurant and catering business they ran in historic Old Town Albuquerque.  I have been cooking ever since and have inherited the title as the Family Chef… Sophia and I now cook together as I did with my mother and grandmother.

Jordan Keels

Project Manager

As a Charleston native, I am one of the lucky ones who gets to call the Lowcountry home.  I completed my bachelor’s degree in Business at Charleston Southern University and have always had a passion for construction and project management.  During both high school and college, I spent my summers and weekends working for various trades.  I was exposed to being on jobsites with other tradesmen, and this early exposure to construction helped me find my true passion.  I love building homes, and there is no better feeling that seeing all of your hard work in a tangible completed form.  I started my career in production home building but always had a desire to work with a custom home builder, where the scope of work has a great deal of variety and challenge.  When I am not working, you can find me on the boat fishing or enjoying the beach and all that Charleston has to offer with my wife, Rosalyn, dog, Bailey, family and friends.

Kathryn Elliott

Designer

Growing up I had a strong passion for design, architecture and art. As a child I would dream of creating beautiful homes and interior spaces. It was only fitting that I would graduate from Salem College in NC with a BA Interior Design. Soon after earning my degree, I moved to Charleston, my “second home,” to be closer to my extended family and took a job at Acquisitions, a furniture and design store. There I gained valuable experience working with wonderful clients all over Charleston from downtown to Kiawah doing what I love, interior design. After working there for 12 years, I was ready for a change and the opportunity to work at Structures became available. My husband and I were fortunate enough to live in a Structures Built home and that is how I came to know and love Steve and his exceptional team. I always admired the professionalism, quality, pride and customer service that Structures offered its clients. I love being a part of this amazing journey with the Structures Family and doing the work I dreamed of all those years ago. I am passionate about getting to know my clients and working with them to create their dream home.

While I love working at Structures, my main job is being a wife to my best friend, Reid, and mom to my two boys, Bowen and Sander. When I am not working or driving soccer carpool, I love to take advantage of all this wonderful city has to offer. I am truly blessed, and you can find me boating, painting or at the beach in what spare time I can find.

Mandy Shealy

Design Manager

Design has always been a passion of mine. While attending James Madison University in Virginia, my interior design classes were the ones I looked forward to the most. I loved the challenge of the creative process, and I found so much satisfaction once I was able to see how all of the little details contributed to the finished product. After graduation, I visited Charleston and quickly realized I would not have been content to live anywhere else. The beauty of the architecture and the charm of the city completely won me over.

After settling in Charleston, I worked in a plumbing, lighting and appliance showroom for eight years. This gave me insight to a different type of design and taught me a lot about the building process. In the spring of 2010 my husband, Tucker, and I built our first home in Mt. Pleasant. We were extremely involved in the design of it, and I thoroughly enjoyed every stage of the process. It was then that I realized how much the details of a house make it a home. Each home is unique, and I love helping clients make their visions come to life! I feel so thankful to be a part of a team with the reputation for exceptional customer service and high standards. Every day brings something new, and I am grateful to be a part of the Structures family!

When I am not busy creating new spaces you can find me spending time with Tucker and our two children, Emma Claire and Cutler. We love living in the Lowcountry and taking advantage of all of the amazing things this area has to offer!

Millie Eggert

Designer

Growing up, I was the creative one in my family. Throughout school I jumped at the chance to take art classes, and loved any craft project that came my way. After two years as an art major in college, I decided to focus my creativity into interior design and earned a BFA from Converse College. Upon graduation, I moved from the upstate of SC to the coast, and have been here ever since. I’ve worked in many facets of the design industry throughout the years, including a full-service interior design firm, a custom home builder and a tile distributor. I love the process of home-building, especially getting to know clients and helping them to bring their dreams and ideas to fruition. I’m grateful to have joined the Structures family, and feel blessed to be able to use my talents with such an outstanding team.

Outside of work, I’m privileged to share life with my husband Brad, daughter Cole and son Mac. You can frequently find us outdoors playing at the beach, pool or in the backyard. We truly love where we live and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Sara Koenig

Project Coordinator

Born in Charleston, WV, and raised in Charleston, SC, I can honestly say I am a legitimate “Charlestonian.” My father, a high-end custom home-builder, and my mother, an ASID Interior Designer, moved us from West Virginia to Kiawah Island when I was 8 years old. I can’t remember a time when my brother and I did not work in the family businesses, so I learned a lot about the construction industry at an early age. After graduating from Furman University with degrees in both Computer Science and French, I took a job as a Software Developer at the North American Corporate Headquarters for Michelin in Greenville, SC. I quickly realized that the corporate world was not a good fit for this daughter of two small business owners, and I moved back to Charleston to work with my father on a golf course development he was starting. This turned into a 16-year career in the high-end private golf club industry, where I gained experience in land development, club formation, membership sales, high-end customer service, and graphics design. I bring to Structures my home-grown knowledge of high-end building, but also my experience with high-end customer service and attention to detail. I am proud to be part of a team of people who have a strong ethic of excellence and integrity, and I am committed to paying attention to all the little details so that our clients don’t have to.

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, travelling, sewing, knitting, or doing most anything crafty.

Jess Hutto

Office Administrator

Growing up in a sleepy town in South Georgia, I developed a love for the simple style and architecture found throughout the Southeast.  Rather than asking for candy or bubble gum at the grocery store, I would ask my mom to buy me the books of floor plans that Southern Living would publish, and then rush home to study them religiously. This early love led me to Converse College, where I graduated with a BFA in Interior Design.  Working early-on in the commercial side of design, I developed an eye for editing and honed my ability to make decisions quickly, skills which I now bring to the Structures Family. I am honored to be able to assist the amazing team at Structures with their day-to-day activities and help them serve our clients to the fullest of their ability.

Although a mother of two girls, and a wife, I still find time to get together with friends for a tennis match or read a particular British author I love. And I never turn down family time at the beach or out on the water.