(Charleston-AP) July 19, 2004 - The massive barracks with the clock tower that is perhaps the best-known symbol of The Citadel will be ready for cadets when classes resume next month.
The Padgett-Thomas Barracks was old and deteriorating. It was torn down three years ago and a new $28 million building built on the site on the west side of the parade ground of the state military college.
The barracks house about 550 cadets, who move in August 2nd.
For some alumni returning to campus, it may appear the old building was just spruced up a bit. But, the new barracks have been built to withstand both hurricanes and earthquakes and, unlike the old barracks, it is also air conditioned. The rooms are wired for Internet access, there's also a new computer lab and the clock is lit at night.