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Preserving the Past & Strengthening the Future

Posted by Lauren Reed | Apr 29, 2021 4:00:00 PM

At Brindley Construction, we value history and love to work with others who have the same desire. When we had the opportunity to work with Wolf Gap Education Outreach Center on their new Education Center, we jumped at the chance to work with such a great group of people.

Wolf Gap is a Tennessee nonprofit 501(c)3 organization creating resilient communities that value our shared story, landscapes, past, and future through education programs, preservation advocacy, and conservation of our community’s natural and cultural resources.

Wolf Gap is sited on six acres on Tarpley Shop Road, just south of Pulaski. Ground broke on the new 14,000-square-foot education center in December of 2019 and the project was completed in December of 2020.

Wolf Gap is named after the historic Wolf Gap community, which was located near the campus on Tarpley Shop Road. Historic Wolf Gap was a predominantly African-American farming community established after the Civil War, with churches, schools, and cemeteries. Local legend tells of a white wolf who lived in the gap between two steep ridges at the head of the Wolf Gap Road. The two log cabins on the property were moved there in 2001 and have been Wolf Gap's headquarters since it was founded in 2015. One cabin was originally located in nearby Bunker Hill, and the other in St. Joseph.

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059The new education center consists of offices, classrooms, conference rooms, galleries, a breakroom and restrooms. One neat feature of the building includes large galleries (two each 17’ x 100’) where they display paintings and objects—some on loan from the Smithsonian! The school also has three large classrooms that are separated by folding partitions, allowing for a 31’ x 77’ conference space. We love the creative use of space!

Special thanks goes to our team members who oversaw this project: Jeff Brindley, the Project Manager and Percy Hazelwood, the Project Superintendent. They did an excellent job despite having the wettest year on record last year. We also give thanks to Emmett Smith, the architect and Mark Buchanan, the engineer on this project. We had a strong team and the results show just that!

043We appreciate Tyler and Kelly Hamlin, the owners of Wolf Gap, for entrusting us with their Outreach Center and we wish them nothing but success for years to come! We, for one, cannot wait to see the building filled with lots of joy and laughter, as our community in Giles County learn ,explore, and play. If you would like to learn more about Wolf Gap and what they provide to our community, you can visit

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Topics: Brindley Team, Design-Build, Wolf Gap

Written by Lauren Reed

Lauren earned a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Martin Methodist College where she started out as a Purchasing Intern for a local headlight manufacturer in Pulaski, Tennessee. After being promoted to commodity buyer and working in the automotive industry for 4 years, she decided to explore a career in construction where she was a Procurement Agent for a home builder in Nashville, Tennessee. She fell in love with construction and joined the Brindley Construction team in 2020 as the Marketing Director. With her background in construction and love for people, she strives to have Brindley Construction be on the top of the list for any construction job that is needed.

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