When The Citadel advertised for a highly complex phased demolition and new construction project – known as Capers Hall – a national contractor called on PRESWERX to support its strategic pursuit of the project in a number of ways. PRESWERX involvement began with an “all-hands” meeting that included the contractor’s preconstruction, operations, business development and marketing teams, to critically review the project as advertised. The fortress-like white building at the southeast corner of campus held classrooms and offices for academic departments including English, History and Political Science.
Citing a need for renovations and improved protection against earthquake damage, Citadel officials looked to demolish the iconic 1949 building and replace it with a bigger, sturdier, more modern structure — while maintaining the school’s Moorish architectural style. Citadel officials estimated the project would cost about $51.1 million. If the public military college received final approval from the State Fiscal Accountability Board, it would fund much of the project by issuing bonds, aiming to complete the new building in 2021. PRESWERX and its contractor client devised a plan that would raze the existing building in phases, allowing the phased new construction to start in the fall of 2019, to preserve classroom space during construction.
The new building would be 104,844 square feet — 40 percent larger than the current one — thanks to additional rooms in the rear of the hall. In addition to eight academic departments, it would contain offices for The Citadel’s diversity and study-abroad programs. It would also be the home of The Citadel’s cybersecurity program, with at least one new feature for the campus. Additionally, the new facility would include a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF — an enclosed area used by military and intelligence personnel with security clearances to access sensitive intelligence data.
PRESWERX services also included turn-key presentation development and professional presentation coaching.