Des Hague of Aegis Enterprises and WC&A Set Course for Hospitality Upgrade at West Virginia's Primary Public Assembly Building

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WC&A Completes Hospitality Masterplan for Charleston Civic Center

Charleston Civic Center Concept Rendering

"This is a very unique and authentic program that elevates the entire hospitality experience, bringing to life a tremendous advancement for the institution for years to come." -- Des Hague, Co-Founder of Aegis Enterprises and Partner of WC&A.

Originally completed in 1959 at the cost of $2.5 million, the Charleston Civic Center has undergone numerous renovations and expansions. The Charleston Civic Center currently consists of three main components: the Civic Center Coliseum, the Little Theater, and the Charleston Convention Center, also referred to as the Grand Hall.

Des Hague, Co-Founder of Aegis Enterprises and Partner of WC&A, is pleased to announce the recent completion of WC&A's work as owner's rep during the current major renovation of Charleston Civic Center which includes hospitality masterplan, programming and schematic design. The Convention Center upgrades will include various new coolers, a bulk meat preparation area, a Garde Manger, a bakery/pastry area, new production and finish cooking areas and a small cook-chill production area as well as upgrades in warewashing, plating assembly/banquet cart staging. Planned is also a new lobby bar with café seating and limited food menu.

For the Coliseum planned are selective upgrades of fixed concessions to include additional food production equipment, exhaust hoods (where possible) and cosmetic upgrades such as digital signage menu boards. In addition, there will be 10-12 new mobile thematic food and beverage carts for concourse service to guests.

Energy efficiency was a large part of the selection process. City Manager, David Molgaard, said during the announcement that once construction is completed, the building will be more than 30 percent more energy efficient than it currently is.

Ground was broken in June, but the nearly $100 million, three phase renovation project on the Charleston Civic Center isn’t expected to be completed until December 2017.

City officials call the renovation a "game changer" for the city, saying the civic center is not only a landmark for Charleston, but for much of West Virginia.

"This is a very unique and authentic program that elevates the entire hospitality experience, bringing to life a tremendous advancement for the institution for years to come," said Hague.

About WC&A, Inc.:
William Caruso & Associates, Inc. specializes in commercial food/beverage and laundry facilities planning and design services. Headquartered in Denver with offices in Athens, Berlin, Duesseldorf, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Scottsdale, WC&A has completed over 12,000 projects in 35 countries, an unmatched record in a very specialized industry. WC&A’s diverse project portfolio includes completed food and laundry service facilities for hotels, universities, schools, correctional systems, hospitals, corporate headquarters, convention centers, stadiums, arenas, and others.

For more information about WC&A:
Contact: Renate Siekmann
William Caruso & Associates, Inc.
8055 East Tufts Avenue, Suite 1320, Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 303.649.1600 x211
Email: rsiekmann(at)wcarusoassoc(dot)com

About Des Hague
A renowned executive with over twenty-five years of leading global public and private companies, Des Hague has established himself as an innovative thinker in the international business world. His forward-thinking approach pushes companies toward sustainable growth, granting them a position as resilient competitors within their respective industries. Hague most recently was the CEO and President of Centerplate, Inc, the largest event hospitality firm in North America. source: . Hague also serves on the boards of DVETelepresence, PING HD, WC&A, Inc, and the Stamford Youth Foundation along with advising on several start-up ventures.

Along with his professional projects, Des Hague contributes significant amounts of time and energy to non-profit charitable work. Hague has helped raise more than $100 million over the past few years for many non-profits, including the Stamford Youth Foundation, a local organization offering multiple after-school programs for young people, and The Journey Home, a Baltimore-based Foundation fighting homelessness. Hague views AEGIS, LLC. as a perfect blending of business and philanthropic activities.

For more about Des Hague, visit:,
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EMail: deshague(at)aegisenterprisesllc(dot)com

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