Officials at Sherman College of Chiropractic have started to move forward with a $16 million master plan that includes building renovations and the construction of a student life center.
The non-profit college is situated on 88 acres between Upper Valley Falls Road and Springfield Road in Boiling Springs. It is just one of 18 chiropractic colleges in the nation and has an enrollment of approximately 400 students.
“We have seen tremendous growth and we already knew we needed to upgrade facilities, and bolstering enrollment helps with that,” said Karen Canup, vice president of business and finance at Sherman College. “We also know we need to expand to accommodate the growth.”
Over the next decade, employment opportunities in the chiropractic industry are expected to jump 17%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Edwin Cordero, president of Sherman College, said that statistic coupled with the growth already seen at the college prompted discussion for a campus renovation and expansion.
“Careers in chiropractic are in high demand as consumers turn to more natural and preventative approaches for their health care, and Sherman College is committed to help meet that demand,” he said, in a statement. “We expect that interest from prospective Sherman College students will continue to grow in the future.”
And Canup said only about 10% of the student population comes from the area, meaning students are coming into the Upstate to stay and live for the duration of their education.
“It’s exciting for the college and it’s exciting for the Upstate,” Canup said. “We bring in students from a wide range of states and foreign countries to get their chiropractic education and that does have an economic impact on the region because they are here for 3 1/2 years for their education.”
The college contracted with the Atlanta and Charlotte offices of Brailsford & Dunlavey to help Sherman officials through the master planning process and guide them through the construction phase of the project. Atlanta-based Lord Aeck Sargent will serve as the primary architect on the project and the Harper Corp. is handling pre-construction services. Brailsford & Dunlavey will manage budget oversight and project management.
“The college’s strong leadership and ambition for improvement makes them an extremely enjoyable partner to work with. We look forward to helping Sherman realize its new vision for the campus and supporting its institutional purpose,” said Rebecca Geraghty, senior project manager for Brailsford & Dunlavey, in a statement.
Financing the $16 million project will come from different avenues, according to Canup.
“We are looking to finance that with a combination of some cash reserves we have set aside and there will be some kind of fundraising campaign,” Canup said. “We are also looking at financing options. We haven’t secured all of the details, but we are in preliminary discussions.”
Preliminary work is still ongoing at the campus, but Canup said college officials are hopeful that construction will begin soon.
“We hope to be done at the end of 2018,” Canup said. “They are pretty far along in the design phase of one building and we hope to have construction started by the end of the summer of 2017. It is an aggressive hope, but that is our hope.”