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Clemson cuts ribbon on One Research Drive

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Clemson University officially opened the sixth building in Technology Neighborhood I at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research.

One Research Drive at Technology Neighborhood I on the campus of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research is officially open. (Photo provided)According to a news release, One Research Drive is an 83,500-square-foot, four-story building that includes research and development space, high-bay labs and flex office space “designed to support innovators and entrepreneurs in the automotive industry.” The facility also includes classroom space for the university’s engineering program.

Jtekt North America Corp. has its North American headquarters in the new building along with Clemson Computing and Information Technology, and the Risk Engineering and Systems Analytics Center of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.

Clemson officials said it received $2 million from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration to help fund the $14 million project.

“It’s an exciting example of what can be done when there is an academia and private sector and public sector partnership that come together for growth and prosperity within this region,” said Philip Paradice, regional director of the Economic Development Administration, at the opening event.

Fred Cartwright, executive director of CU-ICAR, said the building “represents another significant milestone in the development of the campus.

“It really epitomizes everything that CU-ICAR is and everything this campus has to offer as a location or collaborative environment for industry and academia,” Cartwright said. “It is also very symbolic of the continued growth in the economy here in the Upstate of South Carolina.”

The building was built to meet LEED Silver environmental and energy-saving standards, the release said.

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