Our Team

Burriss Building Systems Inc. is proud to be celebrating 35 years in business! Our team at Burriss Building Systems is made up of talented professionals, each with many years of experience. Most of our employees have worked with us for over a decade and several have worked with us for their entire careers. Loyalty, professionalism and dedication are exemplified in each member of our company. Learn more about some of our key employees below.

  • President

    Thomas Moffatt Burriss, Jr.

    At the age of 15, Moffatt became an Eagle Scout and one year later began working summers for his father’s construction company, Burriss Construction Co. Moffatt graduated from A.C. Flora High School and then enrolled at Clemson University, where he graduated with a degree in Zoology in 1970. Beginning while still at Clemson, Moffatt served in the Army Reserve for 6 years. After he left Clemson, Moffatt began working full-time at Burriss Construction Co. as a project manager.

    In 1987, Moffatt started Burriss Building Systems. He and his wife, Suzanne Berry from Dillon, have two sons, Thomas and David, and one daughter, Rachel, who is a traveling nurse.

    During his adult life, Moffatt served as a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the Indian Waters Council. He even donated and built several buildings at Camp Barstow. Moffatt has been a part of EAGC since 1982, was President of EAGC in 2002-2003, and currently serves on the Board as Past President Ex-Officio. Moffatt is also the President of the Board of Directors of Congaree Land Trust.

    Moffatt and Suzanne live in Chapin, where they are members of Lake Murray Presbyterian Church. His hobbies include hunting, woodworking, and managing his farm in Fairfield County.

  • Architect

    Lamar Lake

    As the son of a carpenter, Lamar grew up around the construction industry. When it came time for him to pick his own career, it seemed like a logical choice to pursue a career in a related field.

    Lamar has now spent 43 years working in the construction industry, and he has been affiliated with Burriss for all 43 of those years. As the company’s architect, he prepares preliminary project drawings for pricing and then turns these conception drawings into construction documents for permitting and actual build work. Lamar takes great pride in seeing his projects go from being just an idea to an actual building.

    A native of the Columbia area, Lamar is married with two daughters and three grandsons. When he’s not hard at work bringing ideas to life, he enjoys woodworking, kayaking and other outdoor sports.