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Columbia, South Carolina, United States

Candlewood Suites

The two new Candlewood Suites on Fort Jackson are Lendlease's fourth and fifth CLT hotels.

Candlewood Suites (Fort Jackson)

US Army, Lendlease, Operator: IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group)

Columbia, South Carolina, United States


West Building: 95,745 square feet, East Building: 86,782 square feet

Developer, Asset Manager, Design Builder

LK Architecture

Project outcome

Currently under construction, the hotels will include 317 spacious studios and one-bedroom suites, fully-equipped kitchens in guest rooms, a 24-hour Candlewood Cupboard for food and beverages, business and fitness centers, swimming pool, a BBQ gazebo, guest laundry facilities, complimentary hot breakfast served daily, and courtesy on-post shuttle services. The project includes fifteen ADA guestrooms and twenty-six hearing impaired guestrooms.

The more than 180,000-square foot project incorporates CLT for the hotels floors, roof, exterior walls, shaft walls and select interior walls. CLT installation began in February 2019 and completed in September of 2019.

The Ft. Jackson army installation is primarily a training post for Army Basic Training and thus has a lower than usual number of military veterans in the workforce. Roughly one-third of the CLT installation crew consisted of military veterans. The installation crew began work at Ft. Jackson exactly one week after completing CLT work at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord project in Tacoma, Washington. The team demobilized, moved across the country and remobilized one week later.

To date, this is the largest CLT project in size in the U.S. east of the Mississippi River. The largest CLT projects in the US are located in the Pacific Northwest and the University of Arkansas.

Made of several layers of pressed lumber board stacked in alternating directions, CLT offers builders maximized strength and durability with added sustainability and conservation benefits. CLT provides an exceptional exterior wall performance for the building envelope, and the hotels design is compliant with the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) Anti-Terrorism Force Protection requirements for blast performance and progressive collapse.