For more than $469 million, the school transforms with its largest campus renovation project in 50 years
Clemson University is currently undergoing a massive transformation – to the tune of more than $469 million – with its largest campus renovation project in the past 50 years.
Last year, Clemson trustees approved capital funding for several major projects as part of its 2020 roadmap, a 10-year strategic plan to “build to compete – facilities, infrastructure and technology” to support its growing student and city populations. Each project is funded a little differently, with a mix of bonds, trusts, private donations, operating revenues and capital projects budgets.
Highlighted below are just some of the projects that will transform the Clemson campus in the next few years. From new athletic facilities, new student housing and renovations to existing structures, Clemson’s campus will forever be changed for decades to come.
Description: Addition to existing building (including a third story) that includes 15 faculty offices, two large student spaces, three conference rooms, four offices for administration and an auditorium with seating for 100. The auditorium also includes four cameras to enable distance learning. The building is LEED certified at the silver level.
Size: 21,000 square feet
Cost: $10 million
Completion: Completed with ribbon-cutting held last week
Description: Located behind the Edgar A. Brown University Union, this is one of the largest projects underway. Core Campus will replace some of Clemson’s oldest student facilities – including Johnstone residence hall, built in the 1950s. Johnstone’s redesign will include 700 beds of housing designed for freshmen and a new 1,000-seat dining hall with retail options that will replace the current Harcombe dining hall. It will also be the new home of the Calhoun Honors College.
Size: 260,000 square feet
Cost: $96 million
Completion: Estimated fall 2016
Watt Family Innovation Center
Description: Four-story innovation incubator made possible in part by a gift from the Watt family of Kennesaw, Ga. It will connect students, industry partners and state-of-the-art information technology to take ideas from concept to marketplace.
Size: 70,000 square feet
Cost: $30 million
Completion: Estimated spring 2016
Description: Residential village and central hub to house upperclassmen as well as freshmen in the Bridge to Clemson program. The housing portion of the project will provide 970 beds for upperclassmen and 700 beds for students in the Bridge to Clemson transfer program at Tri-County Technical College. The new Douthit Hills complex will also have a dining hall, and plans are to move the Barnes and Noble bookstore to the new student hub area on the first floor.
Size: 80 acres
Cost: $212 million
Completion: estimated Fall 2018
College of Business and Behavioral Sciences (CBBS)
Description: Clemson trustees recently announced the College of Business and Behavioral Science will become two separate academic units. Beginning July 1, 2016, the College of Business will be created and the behavioral sciences will become part of another new college, the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. A new building will be constructed to replace Sirrine Hall, which was built in 1938. The new building will have larger community spaces and a first-floor grand hall to house business and related programs and provide space for outreach and research institutes. With its glass façade, high ceilings and open floor plan, the building will create a modern learning experience and resemble a corporate headquarters. It will also offer amenities of modern business structures that allows for team production, creativity and 24-7 innovation.
Size: 186,000 square feet
Cost: $ 5 million (concept and design work)
Completion: estimated 2018-19 school year
Stadium WestZone-Phase III
Description: Includes a new, wide pedestrian walkway that will create a more fan-friendly and inviting way to navigate through the mid-level of the WestZone to other areas of the stadium. WestZone will also include a dramatic focal point with an oculus, a circular opening in the center of a wall. The pedestrian bridge extends through the Oculus to allow an easier and more direct connection from the WestZone to the north and south.
Size: 70,000 square feet
Cost: $8 million
Doug Kingsmore Baseball Stadium
Description: Three-story addition to Clemson’s baseball venue that will include locker rooms, a lobby, team areas, training rooms, a player’s dining area, meeting space, a gallery, catering kitchen, laundry, coaches’ offices, and a player’s lounge. The facility will be integrated into the existing first baseline spectators’ stands and will add a viewing platform at the highest level. The project will also move both the home team and visitor’s dugouts closer to the first and third baselines and add approximately 150 seats to the stadium.
Size: 20,000 square feet
Cost: $ 8.8 million
Memorial Stadium/aka Death Valley/Stadium Suites
Description: Includes complete suite renovations including concourse and club areas, a new football operations facility and significant upgrades to the tennis complex along with the construction of a letter-winner’s area and meeting space.
Size: 180,000 square feet
Cost: $25 million
Description: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson’s event venue and basketball arena, is undergoing a major renovation that will offer 8,500 seats (including 500 that are premium level), coaches’ offices, new weight and locker rooms, recruitment gathering spaces and video-editing and theater areas.
Size: 250,000 square feet
Cost: $70 million
Completion: estimated late fall 2016
Description: The Sheep Barn, which was built on campus at the turn of the century and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will be renovated to become the Barnes Center, a place for student activity and engagement. The Barnes Center will provide a social destination for students.
Size: 3,935 square feet
Cost: $2.3 million
Completion: estimated 2016
Advanced Technological Education Center
Description: This new building will house the Clemson University Center for Workforce Development (CUCWD), including the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Aviation & Automotive Technological Education using Virtual E-Schools and the Department of Labor and Economic Development Administration (EDA) centers run by CUCWD within the College of Engineering and Science. The facility will provide space for enhanced public-private collaboration in the areas of advanced manufacturing and engineering where students, industry, state agencies and educational institutions will have access to digital learning tools, equipment, curriculum and faculty expertise. CUCWD will occupy approximately one-third of the building. The remaining two-thirds of the facility will provide flexible workspaces for programs that are complementary to CUCWD.
Size: 24,000 square feet
Cost: $2 million
Completion: estimated early 2017