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Born and raised in Charleston, after graduating from Bishop England in 1989, he went in the Marine Corps for 6 years. After being Honorably Discharged in 1995, he went to college in Michigan to study History, Literature, Sociology & Anthropology. Not knowing anyone in Michigan, he quickly looked for a job in the one field he knew could compliment the GI Bill, construction. He got a carpentry job working for a small custom building company. There was steady work in towns like Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Detroit, and soon became more than a means to an end. Post-graduate work in Construction Management & Engineering later led to a Master's degree in Historic Preservation, from Eastern Michigan University. His concentrations were in materials and building methods throughout history, concentrating primarily on American vernacular architecture. In 2011 he went out on his own and decided to focus on projects located in the surrounding areas of the Cross-town.
Rockwell Construction has come a long way since then, and has branched out to all areas on the peninsula.
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As a Charleston native, Masheed has always had a strong love and appreciation for the historic architecture that resides in Charleston and the importance of preserving its history. From her 12 years at Ashley Hall to her days at College of Charleston, Masheed has always been immersed with the charm that Charleston has to offer to the community. Upon receiving her BS in Psychology from the College of Charleston, she found herself running a successful medical office. There, working directly under the business owner, she mastered the skills needed for project management and business ownership. Her extensive experience in business administration and psychology has allowed Masheed to not only make her appreciation of historic preservation a passion, but to make Rockwell Construction a constant in the Historic Preservation community and positive impact to the Charleston community as a whole.
Growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina, Rachel Parris first fell in love with the built environment during family vacations to Charleston. After receiving her BA in Historic Preservation from the College of Charleston, Rachel moved to Chicago to achieve her MS in Historic Preservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Degrees in hand, she moved west to Colorado and gained extensive experience in all aspects of historic preservation and project management. With expertise working with clients to produce results, Rachel brings an attention to detail to her work that gives her a strong ability to be effective, organized, enthusiastic and productive.
Michelle’s love for history and old buildings from her close ties to Southern California, Upstate New York, and Colorado’s Front Range. Having lived in these very different places, including her family’s c.1840 farmhouse, she found that architecture is directly related to local history, becoming an identity. Initially studying architecture, and having received a B-ENVD (emphasis in Architecture) from the Univ. of Colorado ‐ Boulder, she was lucky to have discovered that there was an entire field dedicated to preserving historic places, which led her to earn an MS in Historic Preservation from the Univ. of Colorado ‐ Denver. She specialIzes in project management, archival research, cultural resource surveys, community outreach, and grant writing. Michelle brings a positive approach to project management, focusing on communication, continuous dedication, and attention to detail so that every project is successful and exactly what the homeowner envisions. Her four-legged sidekick, Cooper, is often along for the ride, and has come to know Charleston better than most!