Clemson University is moving more than 80,000 cubic yards of earth to create the space for its new College of Business building, which is part of a new academic precinct that will ultimately occupy 600,000 to 700,000 square feet of building space.
Clemson MBA alum Justin Tetor, class of 2011, project manager for DPR Construction, the general contractor, said the placement of the building’s concrete footings and its foundation should all be completed by June. Construction of the building proper is expected to begin by mid-July. The 180,000-square-foot, $87.5 million building is scheduled to be completed in 2020.
The building will have two towers, North and South, with both separated on the ground and first floors by an outdoor plaza. The North Tower will primarily house classrooms and labs, with most of them being on the ground, first, and second levels, while the South Tower will house faculty and staff offices, along with the dean’s office and a boardroom that will provide an expansive view of Bowman Field.
“Collaboration space is definitely built into the structure’s DNA,” Tetor said. “Especially in the North Tower where there will be a café and space that is conducive for social and academic interaction. Also, on the second floor, there will be a large study lounge and a fireplace lounge.”
Bobby McCormick, business school dean, said that the building will bring business education to the 21st century. “Students across all academic disciplines are going to want to use this collaborative space, which is designed to cultivate social and intellectual interaction,” McCormick said.