Hill Construction Company and Talmage Architects Complete Launch! Business and Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia International University

Columbia, SC-September 26, 2017- Construction is complete on the new Launch! facility at the John R. Cook, Jr. Business and Entrepreneurship Center on the Columbia International University (CIU) campus. Launch! is a unique entrepreneurship collaboration between CIU and businesses and ministries located throughout the world. This design-build project was completed by Talmage Architects and Hill Construction Company.

The former home of WMHK radio station was renovated into a cutting-edge facility with a modern flair. Corrugated metal trim lines the walls as a crush panel wall with a flat screen TV welcomes students as they enter the center and take entrepreneurship and vocational success beyond the classroom. "Hill Construction and Talmage Architects took an older, dated facility and gave it a 'wow' factor that has resulted in one of the best academic entrepreneurship centers in the Southeast," said Dr. Scott Adams, Director of the CIU School of Business and its Launch! Programs.

Launch! fosters practical, hands-on educational and entrepreneurial opportunities that equip CIU students to become tomorrow’s Christian business leaders.  Faculty advisors, business leaders, and experts with experience establishing and operating successful businesses and ministries collaborate with students and alumni to bring new business or ministry ideas to life. Launch! also incorporates a modern video interview studio for facilitating internships and jobs, and multiple collaboration areas that provide space for CIU's Enactus team and its Fellowship of Christian Professionals student organization to host seminars and workshops and develop partnerships between student learning teams and organizations.

“One of the most critical aspects of developing the Launch! facility was the selection of the right contractor," said Adams. "I can confidently say that Hill Construction is one of the best companies I have worked with, not only for the competent and quality work they did, but also for their personal, professional, honest and ethical commitment to the project and our students."

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About Launch!:
Launch! is unique among university entrepreneurship centers because it provides not only a place for ideas to grow into reality, but also a place for regional businesses and ministries, including family-owned and small businesses, to harvest the talents and resources of CIU's students, faculty, and alumni. For more information on Launch!, visit www.ciu.edu/launch

About Hill Construction Company:
Hill Construction Company is a building contractor committed to “Building Excellence.”  Hill Construction is a South Carolina commercial construction services firm respected as a leader in “team approach” project delivery.  Offering clients more than 20 years of experience building offices, churches, restaurants, medical facilities, multi-family dwellings, and much more, Hill is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and honest communication in every phase of construction. For more information on Hill Construction, visit www.hillconstructionllc.com

About Talmage Architects:
Talmage Architects is a full service, architecture and master planning firm specializing in the design of innovative and sustainable buildings and environments.  With more than thirty years of experience, Talmage Architects provides design and project management services for a variety of clients including private developers, commercial and industrial business owners, non-profit entities, and public agencies. www.tai-inc.com