CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Leaders at The Citadel broke ground on a brand new academic building Saturday afternoon in honor of an alumnus.
Bastin Hall will be the future home of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business.
The building is named after Rick and Mary Lee Bastin, who gave a generous donation to kick-start the fundraising for the building.
Rick Bastin said Saturday he was compelled to donate due to the passion of the students.
"They were so absorbent of all the information available in finance and so on, that I felt like I had to do something to make that grow," said Bastin.
A spokeswoman for the college says Rick is a member of the Class of 1965.
The groundbreaking, which took place outside of Hagood Avenue at 2 p.m., is part of The Citadel's Foundation's Leaders in Philanthropy Weekend. This celebrates the contributions from people who have supported the college's mission of achieving excellence in education.
The 43,000 square foot building will feature a rooftop terrace, eight flat and tiered classrooms, four interview rooms, and a 2,100 square foot common area.
"The students deserve this, both our undergraduate and our graduate students," said John Rosa, President of The Citadel. "We'll be able to do what we do better, and more effectively and more efficiently."
In total, the building will cost about $22 million dollars. All of that money will come from philanthropic donations.
This is the first academic building to be built on The Citadel's campus since 1974.
Saturday's program consisted of speeches from Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, Dean Bill Trumbull, and Rick Bastin.
Leaders anticipate early site work to begin in November 2017, with construction slated to start March 2018. Classes in the new building will start in the fall 2019.