Construction is underway on a new administration building at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, located on University Street near Falls Park in Greenville.
The 11,413-square-foot, two-story brick building is intended to showcase the school to prospective students and parents as they arrive on campus and to serve as the school’s new visitors center as well as offices for admissions, enrollment and outreach.
The Governor’s School Foundation will also move its offices to the first floor of the new building along with costume production, print shop and storage areas which will be located on the lower terrace level located on the Falls Park side of the site.
The $2.2 million project received $1.2 in funding from the state and has raised $425,000 to date towards the additional $1 million needed, says Cathy Jones, executive director of the Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation.
Jones says that the foundation hopes to raise the additional $575,000 needed and is seeking capital contributions to support the project. There are funds earmarked in the budget for other purposes that could be used to complete the project, but that is not a desirable option, she said.
The structure will provide a “warm and inviting lobby/gallery space giving prospective students, parents and school guests a visual experience of the opportunities the school offers to challenge, inspire and enlighten our state’s talented young artists,” said Dr. Bruce Halverson, president of SCGSAH.
The design will replicate the rest of the campus, says Halverson, which was built to resemble a Tuscan-style campus with stone, wood and brick veneers. Pavers, engraved with names of alumni, will wind through a courtyard garden near the entrance to the new building.
Construction began late last year and is expected to be completed by December 2014. Craig Gaulden Davis designed the project and Yeargin Potter Shackelford is the general contractor.