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East Tennessee Project Profiles

The team at Leon Williams Contractors, LLC, offers complete general contractor services, including a full range of construction services, pre-construction consultation and site assessment, construction management, value engineering, and construction management. Regardless of the size and scope of the project, the team at Leon Williams Contractors delivers outstanding, on-time and on-budget results.

For this month’s blog, we are sharing information about two projects that we had the honor to work on for non-profit organizations in East Tennessee.

“Sometimes our greatest reward is to work with the greatest designers, architects and owners and we get to cherish those memories.” – Leon Williams

Alex Haley Farm
Nestled in the foothills of the Tennessee Mountains near Knoxville, the Alex Haley Farm connects young leaders together and is where policymakers and community builders come to connect, recharge their spiritual and physical batteries and brainstorm strategies.

The grounds of CDF Haley Farm include a main meeting lodge, modernized guest cottages, the Langston Hughes Library and the Riggio-Lynch Chapel. The ark-shaped chapel symbolizes the safe haven every child deserves. This beautiful, simple, functional and inspiring space is alive with great music and great preaching, prayer and worship, discussion and debate.

For the farm, Architect Jennifer Martella and Nationally Acclaimed Designer Mia Lynn along with Leon Williams Contractors completely rebuilt a cantilevered barn that is located on the property in Norris. This vintage cantilevered barn was carefully taken down to preserve the original wood, taken apart and installed new footings rebuilding the dovetail log structure creating a Library for the visitors.. The lower stables were turned into office with frosted glass walls behind the logs and the loft was reconstructed with skylights added along with the environmental friendly Soy board attached to the bottom of the rafters. In order not to change the appearance of the structure a Geo-Thermal system was added with the required coils installed in the lake across from the structure. Mia Lynn designer, Jennifer Martella, Architect and Leon Williams were rewarded by a visit by one of our present Presidential Candidates.

“With five sisters, two daughters and five precious granddaughter’s, let’s do something for the women in America.” – Leon Williams

Women’s Suffrage Statue
Located in the historic Market Square area of downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee Woman’s Suffrage Memorial was designed to honor the past and create a legacy for the future ladies.

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Image courtesy of TN Woman’s Suffrage Memorial

The Suffrage Coalition was founded to create a lasting memorial to the suffragists of Tennessee. The suffragist’s efforts focused a nation as the last campaign was fought successfully to change the constitution to grant voting rights to women. These rights were guaranteed with the state of Tennessee’s ratification being the final vote to add the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

We were able to work on this project with Knoxville Attorney Wanda Sobieski The complex base design of the statue required the computer design assistance of Jimmy Hawkins of Leon Williams Contractors, the Suffrage Coalition erected a life-size, bronze statue featuring three Tennessee suffragists: Lizzie Crozier French of Knoxville, Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville, and Elizabeth Avery Meriwether of Memphis.

Leon Williams Contractors has worked with East Tennessee clients on a wide range of retail and commercial construction projects, including banks, medical facilities, commercial offices, residential projects, restaurants, and retail locations. Several of our projects have been completed working with Women and fun projects they are. “Dad taught me back in the late sixty’s that when you build a house for a couple listen to the wife the husband thinks he knows what he is doing but he is only paying the bills” Our team is committed to the preservation and history of the state of Tennessee and are honored to be able to work with these projects in the Knoxville, Maryville and East Tennessee communities.

To learn more about Leon Williams Contractors, the projects that we work on in Tennessee and the services that we provide, please contact us today to learn how we can assist you with your next project.

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