Barracks slide shows
The original Padgett-Thomas Barracks was constructed in
1922. It was designed by Lockwood, Greene Engineers of Atlanta with help
from Coolidge and Shattuck Architects of Boston.
It was the first building constructed on the new campus and, as such,
had to house other facilities besides rooms for cadets. Plans from 1920
show first-floor rooms for the Literary Society, barbershop, carpenter
shop, lumber room, infantry and artillery armories, quartermaster stores
and game and recreation rooms.
The remaining floors were
made up of 207 rooms that could house 438 cadets then.
Cadet rooms in 1922 were much like they are today - plastered ceilings
and walls and wood floors. There was one window in the outside wall and
a door that opened to the gallery. A typical cadet room in 1922 was about
10 feet wide and 17 feet long.
Plans show that the designers had a much different
idea in 1920 of what the building should be than what was built in 1922.
Drawings show an 11-story tower rising 203 feet into the air. However,
the tower was actually built to a height of 109 feet and eight stories.
Inside was a water tank made of cypress boards surrounded by steel bands
that provided reinforcement and helped keep the boards tightly together.
Over the years, cadets found a way into the upper reaches of the tower
and covered the tower walls and water tank with graffiti. Cadets are said
to have gone for late night swims on hot, humid summer nights.
The new Padgett-Thomas
Barracks is a replica of the original building. However, modern building
materials have been used to ensure the building meets current construction
and earthquake codes. At 112,335-square-feet, the barracks can house 560
cadets in 265 rooms.
- 10,900 cubic yards
of concrete - 22,000 tons - was used in the construction.
- 361 pre-stressed
concrete piles, each 65 feet long, were driven into the ground to support
the building. The tower is supported by 55 piles each 85 feet long.
- The tower stands
109 feet tall and has a combined 314 steps divided between two stairways
from the first and eighth floors.
- Cypress boards
from the old tower cistern have been reused as paneling in the four
tower meeting rooms. The grafitti from days gone by is still visible.
- 250 gallons of
concrete stain was used on the quadrangle.
- 125 gallons of
red paint and 125 galllons of white paint were used to create the signature
checkerboard design on the quad.
- There are 425 windows.
- Most cadet rooms
are about 10 feet wide and 18 feet long with red oak floors. That's
about the same size as the rooms in the 1922 building.
- The first cadets
occupied the new Padgett-Thomas Barracks on Aug. 2, 2004. Freshmen move
in Saturday, Aug. 14.
is named after Col. J.G. Padgett, an 1892 Citadel graduate and 20-year
veteran of the college's Board of Visitors, and Col. John Pulaski Thomas,
who graduated in 1893 and also went on to serve on the college's governing
residents include Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., '64; Citadel Commandant
of Cadets Brig. Gen. Emory Mace, '63; former University of South Carolina
President John Palms, '58; Alvah H. Chapman, '42, retired chairman and
chief executive officer of the newspaper publisher Knight-Ridder Inc.;
U.S. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, '42; and former U.S. Attorney and Charleston
lawyer E. Bart Daniel, '77.
instability forced the closing of the original barracks in August 2000.
The building was demolished in the spring and summer of 2001. Construction
began in 2002.
total rebuilding project cost is estimated at $28 million. Funding comes
from a combination of state and federal dollars.
Barracks will be dedicated on Friday, Sept. 24.
people had a hand in the two-year rebuilding project. Among the major
contractors taking part were:
- Ellis Don, Atlanta,
Toronto (general contractor)
- Davis and Floyd
Ready Mix, Charleston (concrete supplier)
- Providence Paint,
Charleston, Charlotte (painting)
- Prez-chem, Columbia
- Mount Pleasant
Mechanical, Mount Pleasant (mechanical)
- Martin Electric
Mechanical, Charleston (electrical)
- Summerville Mechanical
- Controls Management
Inc - CMI, Columbia (mechanical control systems)
Charleston (fire sprinkler and fire alarm)
- Southeast Communications,
Charleston (phone/data wiring)
Old vs. New
footprint is identical to the original 1922 barracks. The increase in
square footage is due to construction of meeting rooms inside the tower.
Previously the tower did not contain useable space.