The Citadel and The Citadel Foundation honored Rick (class of ’65) and Mary Bastin on Friday, May 14th with a small ribbon cutting ceremony recognizing their contribution associated with the construction of Bastin Hall; the new home of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business.
This state of the art facility is the newest academic building on The Citadel’s campus and will enable faculty and staff to continue meeting the needs of future entrepreneurs and business leaders for many years to come. Bastin Hall is approximately 44,000-square-feet and features top-of-the-line technology-equipped classrooms, gathering spaces, breakout rooms, and academic offices. “I was a Mercedes dealer, and the CEO of Mercedes used to preach to us: ‘We need to amaze and delight our customers.’ Well, this building amazes and delights me, and it’s beyond my greatest dreams that it would come out this well,” said Rick Bastin during the ceremony. “If you look back at Bond Hall and if you look at Bastin Hall now — this is not your grandfather’s Oldsmobile, this is something else.”
On top of the generous $6 million gift from the Bastins, more than 50 other individuals, families, businesses and Citadel classes provided the substantial donations needed to fully realize the vision for the building.
THS Constructors served as the general contractor for this amazing project. Our own chairman and founder, Howard Suitt, graduated from The Citadel with a Civil Engineering degree in 1948, and Tom Suitt, Senior Vice President, earned a Business Administration degree from The Citadel in 1974. “This project is very special to myself and my father,” stated Tom Suitt, Senior Vice President. “We were thrilled to help construct such an amazing facility on our Aluma Mater’s Campus.”
About THS Constructors, Inc.
THS Constructors, Inc. (www.thsconstructors.com) provides design-build, design-bid-build, and construction management services to clients in the industrial, distribution, healthcare, office, research and development, higher education, and retail markets. The company serves clients in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. Upstate SC native and construction industry veteran Howard Suitt founded THS Constructors in 2005.
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