Merit Completes Major Renovations at Camp Buck Toms


Merit Construction recently completed Phase I & II of a major renovation project at the Boy Scouts’ Camp Buck Toms on Watts Bar Lake in Rockwood, TN. Designed by Johnson Architecture, work included all new housing for campers and staff as well as new water and electric infrastructure that will serve the Scouts for years to come.

Camp Buck Toms by the numbers:

  • 63 eight-man Adirondacks
  • 31 four-man Adirondacks
  • 11 four-man staff cabins
  • 15 bath houses with flush toilets and hot showers
  • 11 septic systems to serve the new bath houses
  • Complete renovation of the ranger’s residence

Fundraising efforts are ongoing for additional improvements planned at Camp Buck Toms, as well as Camp Pellissippi on Norris Lake in Andersonville, TN.

“Merit Construction has been a great construction partner as we have planned and executed a comprehensive renovation of Camp Buck Toms. They have worked diligently to stretch our resources and get the most for our dollars. The Great Smoky Mountain Council now has one of the premier Scout facilities in the Nation,” said Larry Brown, Scout Executive, Great Smoky Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America.

For more information on the Boy Scouts and how to participate in the many improvements at Buck Toms and Pellissippi, contact Larry Brown at

Birds-Eye View of Coulter Grove Intermediate

Students and faculty at Coulter Grove Intermediate School will start classes this fall in a brand new, state-of-the-art school built by Merit Construction and designed by Johnson Architecture. Located off Sevierville Road in Maryville, Coulter Grove was designed for 1,100 students in grades 4-7.

Check out this amazing footage of the school from an aerial point of view:

LeConte Center Construction On Track

Construction is underway on the city of Pigeon Forge’s LeConte Center, a 232,000-square-foot multi-purpose event center. The city-owned structure will open in September 2013 and will feature a 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 12,000-square foot multi-purpose hall, a variety of multi-purpose meeting rooms that can be configured into various sizes, a catering kitchen, and pre-function space.

Check out the progress of the construction to date:

Merit Celebrates 30 Years of Construction in East Tennessee

This month, Merit Construction, Inc. celebrates 30 years as one of East Tennessee’s most successful contractors. From retail projects to office buildings, industrial plants to medical facilities, educational buildings to houses of worship, Merit has constructed or renovated more than $1 billion of construction projects in the last three decades.

In this highly competitive field, Merit has made a significant impact on the face of our region, thanks to our employees and their dedication and hard work. Merit was founded by the late Charles A. (Charlie) Hays, who continued to be active in the business until his death in 2002. It is now locally owned by 10 principals, all of whom are active in the day-to-day operation of the business.

We are also dedicated to giving back to the community that has contributed to our success. Members of the Merit team sit on a variety of industry and trade boards. We also give our time and resources to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Boy Scouts of America, East Tennessee Historic Society, and the Appalachian Service Project in order to help make our region a better place to live, work, and play.

“We are proud to be a part of the East Tennessee construction industry. Many of our clients are repeat customers and much of our business comes from referrals from those same satisfied clients. The success we’ve seen over the past 30 years is an accumulation of hundreds of satisfied customers and successful projects — a direct result of the hard work, talent, and commitment of the entire Merit team.”
—Bruce Bosse, president, Merit Construction

Merit has extensive experience building all types of beautiful and functional construction projects including office buildings, retail facilities, medical buildings and industrial facilities, as well as churches and educational facilities.