The Woodland floor plan works for every taste and budget

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 7, 2017

McGuinn Hybrid Homes is building energy efficient homes in the Lexington communities of Pleasant Springs and Orchard Point! You can choose among several floor plans, including McGuinn’s popular Woodland plan.

The Woodland features a modern, 1,700 sq. ft. open floor plan, perfect for everyone from young families to retirees. The single story home is available in three distinct designs: Craftsman, Standard, and Traditional, and includes a gourmet eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar, spacious owner’s suite and two additional large bedrooms, two full bathrooms, Great Room, covered front sitting porch, two-car garage, and plenty of open and flexible living spaces! The homes are as charming as they are practical, with energy saving amenities that come standard in every McGuinn home, as part of their exclusive “Hybrid” program, to ensure that your dwelling is healthier for you and the environment.

The Pleasant Springs sidewalk community offers cost efficient homes conveniently located near great shopping, dining and beautiful Lake Murray. Orchard Pointe is located in the heart of Lexington, just minutes from downtown and from the thriving area’s many shopping, dining and entertainment options. Orchard Point’s upscale homes feature McGuinn’s All Brick Courtyard Lifestyle Series, with full brick exteriors, and a beautifully landscaped community with swimming pool, cabana and sidewalks throughout. Children in both Pleasant Springs and Orchard Point are zoned to attend schools in the award-winning Lexington One District.

“Our Woodland floor plan works well for every taste and budget. Whether you’re looking for a home in a planned development, or within an individual community, this design will give you everything you want in a contemporary, durable home. These are lifelong houses – the kind you’ll want to keep in your family for generations to come.” – Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes.

CEO Wade McGuinn

McGuinn building homes in Orange Pond community!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: June 2, 2017

If you live in or near the Red Bank / White Knoll area of Lexington, you have two wonderful local activity centers nearby to choose from: the Red Bank Community Center and the Red Bank Arena.

Orange Pond Floorplan 1

Orange Pond Floorplan 2

The Red Bank Community Center and park offers a softball field, tennis courts, and picnic shelters at its location. The Red Bank Arena Sports Complex includes such amenities as baseball and softball fields, canteens, restrooms, and walking paths. It also features one of the only BMX tracks in the region, which frequently hosts BMX events, and encourages new riders to come out and try the track! The centers are part of the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission, which implements programs and activities like these through their facilities all over the Midlands.

Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, is currently building beautiful houses in the new Orange Pond community, within the Red Bank area. He says, “These great facilities incentivize people to visit Red Bank, and give families who reside here so many healthy recreational outlets. They help this region stay active and fit.”

CEO Wade McGuinn






Red Bank Community Center: 228 Community Drive, Lexington, SC 29073

Red Bank Arena: 1159 Nazareth Road, Lexington, SC 29073

McGuinn Designs for the Home of Your Dreams!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 25, 2017

McGuinn Hybrid Homes is a leading builder in the Midlands not only because they build high-quality and affordable housing, but because those homes in turn create beautiful, inviting neighborhoods and great communities, in areas like Columbia, Lexington, Chapin, and Irmo. One reason that McGuinn homes are superior is in the design. They offer a broad selection of only the most current and innovative designs for their hybrid homes, and deliver those designs to you using value-engineered quality, and with the environment in mind. Why? So they can focus on the areas of your home that can offer you significant savings and energy efficiency. McGuinn’s passionate, expert team is ready to help you design your home in the comfort and style you choose.

McGuinn’s vision is executed with the help of their award-winning architectural designers, GMD Design Group. Together, the founders and partners of GMD have over 55 years of architectural design and construction experience throughout the United States. They have dedicated their careers to the creation of unique housing concepts, and their work with McGuinn Hybrid Homes is no exception.

McGuinn offers customers a wide variety of floor plans, with a portfolio that has been designed to provide the latest and most up to date trends in the industry. Their Windstone trio of home plans is designed to give you what you need in a home – lots of space, style, and efficiency. Loaded with energy saving features like water-saving plumbing fixtures, tankless gas water heater, Energy Star® appliances and other sustainable living features, the Windstone floor plan is available to build on most lots and is a very popular choice for families.

The Windstone A Craftsman Floorplan

The Windstone B Floorplan

The Windstone B Craftsman Floorplan








CEO Wade McGuinn is a South Carolina Certified Master Builder, and has been building new homes in Columbia and the surrounding Midlands area for over 30 years. “I love getting clients involved in the experience of designing their own home. It means so much more at closing, when you know they are getting the house they’ve dreamed of, and that we were there with them every step of the way.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

Burnside Elementary School is Empowering Students to Lead!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 17, 2017

Richland County School District One’s Annie Burnside Elementary is a “Leader In Me” school. Its students are taught using The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, concepts first introduced in 1989 by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, with his business and self-help book of the same name, and developed into a successful curriculum for schools by the FranklinCovey Education company.











The Leader In Me program is designed to transform schools by creating a culture of student empowerment, based on the idea that every student can become an effective leader. The proven techniques of Leader In Me help organizations and individuals achieve greatness by incorporating the following “Habits” into daily life:

Habit 1:  Be Proactive: You’re in charge
Habit 2:  Begin with the End in Mind: Have a plan
Habit 3:  Put First Things First: Work first, then play
Habit 4:  Think Win Win: Everyone Can Win
Habit 5:  Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood: Listen before you talk
Habit 6:  Synergize: Together is Better
Habit 7:  Sharpen the Saw: Balance is Best










“Leadership Day” is held once a year, by elementary schools going through the Leader in Me process. Burnside’s 2nd Annual Leadership Day took place on April 6, 2017, and showcased the “Bees’” leadership skills, as Burnside staff shared their Leader In Me success stories.

“South Carolina schools, and particularly those in Richland County, are breaking new ground in their efforts to prepare our kids for tomorrow,” says Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes. McGuinn’s Burnside Farms community of homes is in Richland County, and zoned for Burnside Elementary. “The Leader in Me program is another example of Richland One’s commitment to students’ overall well-being, by teaching them not only skills they’ll need to go forward in their education, but to succeed in life.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

White Knoll High School’s Future Health Professionals

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 10, 2017

The Lexington One School District continues to foster programs that enrich the lives of their students and prepare them for the 21st century workforce. One such program is The Center for Public Health and Advanced Medical Studies, located at White Knoll High School in Lexington.

The Center houses an innovative program that is designed to prepare students for careers in health and medicine. Through the Center, these students gain knowledge and skills at advanced levels in the areas of public health, medical research, and medical studies. They also participate in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). HOSA is a student-led organization of Future Health Professionals, and seeks to develop its members’ leadership and technical skills. This allows students to practice and refine their aptitudes, and eventually more easily transition from classroom to career.

White Knoll competed in the SC HOSA State Leadership Conference this past March in North Charleston, where the Timberwolves’ HOSA students made a spectacular showing! Jennifer Tucker won first place in Nursing Assisting, and Jenny Nankoua Yongue and Caitlin Murray won first place in Medical Innovations. Many other White Knoll HOSA students placed high in other categories, White Knoll HOSA Advisor Katrina Haynes became the State HOSA Board Chair Elect, and White Knoll teacher and HOSA Advisor Nicholas J. Hanle received the Outstanding Service Award.

Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, sees the Center’s accomplishments as a boon for families in the area who are zoned for exceptional schools like White Knoll. His Glen Eagle community of homes is one of them. “Lexington One’s centers for advanced learning are so beneficial to students who have leadership and teamwork skills, and the drive to advance in their chosen field of study. It gives me great pride to know that these students will become the medical professionals of tomorrow!”.

As they say at White Knoll — ‪#‎HOWLABOUTIT‬!

CEO Wade McGuinn


Brookland-Cayce High School is Transforming Education

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 3, 2017

The Mighty Bearcat, for which BC is named

Brookland-Cayce High School (BC) has upped the ante on its commitment to prepare students for 21st century college, military, and work settings. The school has developed three learning academies that are successfully working to that end.

BC is working within the TransformSC education initiative, which was designed so that state business leaders, educators, students, parents and policy makers could unify and transform the public education system and produce the ideal graduate. BC has organized student learning into three academies to accomplish this: Quest Academy, i2 Tech Academy and the Legacy Liberal Arts Academy. Hallmarks of the Quest Academy include a rigorous, accelerated academic curriculum and experiential opportunities, such as local and out of state field studies and college visits. Students communicate through Google Classroom, a technology network that connects students, teachers, and parents.

BC’s i2 Tech Academy offers a Project-Based Learning environment where Science, Technology, Engineering and Math serve as the foundation for projects. Students collaborate on work that requires critical thinking and communication, and use Echo, a learning management system that connects students to projects all across the country.

The BC Legacy Liberal Arts Academy offers a smaller, personalized approach to learning. Beginning with their freshman year, students form tight bonds with teachers and administrators, and a dynamic classroom approach is used in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges to acquire deeper knowledge. Legacy Academy students work with group members, access online resources and conduct viable research, as well as produce quality presentations. They participate in personally challenging academic courses, and are strongly encouraged to explore career opportunities and experience personal expression through visual and performing arts. Technology is a common thread between these BC programs, with laptops and iPads made available to students for one-to-one computing.

These initiatives aid in providing a personalized educational experience for each student, tailored to their particular goals and interests. Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, is familiar with the BC program. His company builds home communities, including Harvest Glen, which is zoned for Brookland-Cayce. “I graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School and know what an outstanding institution it truly is. It comes as no surprise that BC is gaining so much positive recognition for its programs, teachers, and its students’ accomplishments.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 26, 2017

Richland County School District One students have access to many unique educational experiences. A prime example of this is Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center (“CLC”) for space science education – the only one of its kind in South Carolina.

The CLC opened in Columbia in February of 1996, and is dedicated to the heroes of the Space Shuttle Challenger 51-L crew, who perished on January 28, 1986. This aerospace-themed academic program gives students the opportunity to improve skills through interactive learning experiences, and combine their school’s science and math curricula with CLC’s information and technology. The CLC uses space-themed simulations, scenarios, and activities to create learning environments and engage students. These experiences strengthen students’ knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects and may inspire them to pursue careers in these important fields. At the same time, students develop skills in decision making, collaboration, problem solving, and communication, which will help them to be successful in any field. Sponsor organizations like NASA and NOAA provide the latest and most relevant science to the CLC, and have partnered with the Center in its mission, “to create a scientifically literate population with the skills needed for success in the 21st century.”

A Challenger Learning Center mission is so much more than a field trip! School groups can register for Missions at the Center such as Return to the Moon, Rendezvous with a Comet and Voyage to Mars, and participate in learning experiences that are based on simulations used by NASA to prepare astronauts for space. The CLC also houses the James E. Clyburn Aerospace Education Laboratory (“AEL”). This flight training department offers programs that are adapted from actual aviation training and are conducted by a Certified Flight Instructor. While there, visitors can view multimedia presentations and flight demonstrations, then try their hand at piloting by practicing on one of AEL’s Flight Simulators. Challenger also offers Hands-On Science and e-Planetarium programs for students in various grades. In the summer, the CLC holds Summer Camps for interested kids. This year’s offerings included Astronaut Academy, Rocket Camp, Robotics Camp, Arduino Camp, Fischertechnik Camp, and RC Pilot Camp.

Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, thinks students within the Richland One District are very fortunate to have the CLC. His Burnside Farms community of homes is zoned for Richland One. “School-age children have a leg up with this unique and exceptional science program. By giving them these tools to further their education, it’s another way of telling our kids that they can do anything they set their minds to.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

Lexington High School – Championing Unity!

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 19, 2017

The Lexington High Wildcats have always been athletic champions, but they were recently recognized as a Special Olympics National Banner Unified Champion School! National Banner Unified Champion Schools aim to create social inclusion by meeting national standards of excellence that include Unified Sports programs, which bring together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities as teammates, as well as Inclusive Youth Leadership and Whole-School Engagement programs.

In February of this year, Special Olympics South Carolina hosted the National Unified Champion Schools Conference in Lexington, where Special Olympics Program representatives from 48 states were in attendance. Lexington School District 1 presented 45 Special Olympics student athletes with athletic letters for outstanding accomplishments in Unified Sports. They are the first school district in this state to award letters for these teams. Lexington High was also the first school in the country, and among eight schools in SC, to be recognized as a Banner Unified Champion School. On hand to recognize them were Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics International, Mary Davis, and ESPN SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi, who unveiled the school’s new Unified Champion School banner in the Lexington High School gymnasium.

We should all be very proud of Lexington High School’s accomplishment, which goes beyond sports to teach students the values of inclusion, advocacy and respect for all, and creates an altogether more socially inclusive school that works for everyone. Wade McGuinn is CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, which builds housing communities in and around the Lexington area, such as Summerlake, which is zoned for Lexington High School. He added, “The importance of this program cannot be overstated. It promotes attitudes of acceptance and respect in our students, things that will someday help them become great leaders of our community.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

Crayton Middle School – A School To Watch

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 12, 2017

Among all of the wonderful middle schools in Columbia, Crayton Middle School has always been exceptional, but now it’s official – Crayton Middle is a 2016 Schools to Watch® school! Schools to Watch® is an initiative that was launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, to recognize high-performing middle schools across the U.S.


The National Forum’s Schools to Watch® criteria is made up of three attributes: Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness and Social Equity. That means, Crayton is ahead of the curve when it comes to challenging its students academically, sensitive to the developmental challenges that face their students in early adolescence, and provides each and every student with what they need to succeed in future endeavors. One need only look to Crayton’s culture to see these attributes at work. Academic programs like Making Middle Grades Work, which prepares students for high school studies, Richland One’s Digital Learning Environment initiative, which promotes the use of technology in learning, and guidance sessions and Career Interest Inventories for 8th graders to start thinking more about future career paths, allow students a more unfettered path to academic success. Crayton students develop leadership and character-building skills through athletics and activities like the Richland One Fitness Bowl (Crayton finished 2nd overall for middle schools), the 8th Grade Male Empowerment Summit, the “Souper Bowl” where Crayton collected canned goods to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank, and the school’s monthly Character Trait Award, where teachers vote on students who display actions and attitudes that define a chosen trait.

Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, knows Crayton’s reputation. His company’s Burnside Farms community of homes is zoned for the middle school. “Kudos go to the principal, students and staff of Crayton for this national recognition. With innovative programs and caring professionals, high-performing schools like Crayton are becoming the norm in South Carolina.”

CEO Wade McGuinn

Taking Green Steps at Gilbert Elementary

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 5, 2017

Part of Gilbert Elementary’s School Pledge reads, “We lead by example and with pride…making a difference in the world.” It is this sensibility, along with participation in community service projects like recycling and cleanup, that has led to them being named a South Carolina “Green Steps School”.

The Green Steps Schools statewide program began when a group of organizations created it in 2003 with three goals in mind: to teach students to “conserve, protect, and restore”. The environmental education initiative is bestowed on educational institutions who take steps toward becoming more environmentally responsible each year. Gilbert Elementary has been a Green Steps School for 6 years now, with its “Green Team” taking part in Earth Day, Cardboard Challenge, America Recycles Day, Keep Gilbert Beautiful, and in projects that involve composting, soils, plant air quality, and food production through the school’s very own vegetable garden!  Gilbert Elementary was awarded the Walter P. Rawl & Sons School Garden Mini-Grant, which provides Lexington County School District One schools with funds for school gardens and other live plant projects.

This focus on community service and clean living projects all serve to make students aware of their impact on the environment, and how to lessen it. Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes and builder of the nearby Miller Woods community of homes, is all for it: “Gilbert Elementary is a fine example of the forward thinking values that the Lexington County One school district is known for instilling in its students. We are proud to have built a community that has access to this great school district.”

CEO Wade McGuinn