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Construction to begin on Clemson's College of Business

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Clemson University’s new College of Business will be situated across from Bowman Field. (Rendering provided)

The State Fiscal Accountability Authority has approved Clemson University’s new College of Business.

The $87 million project is expected to begin this fall and be ready for students in 2020. The new, 170,000-square-foot building will be located across from Bowman Field.

“This new home for our outstanding College of Business is a key component of the university’s ongoing efforts to provide the type of academic facilities necessary to keep Clemson among the very best public universities in the country,” Clemson President James P. Clements said in a news release.

The new College of Business at Clemson University is expected to be complete and ready for students in 2020. (Rendering provided)

The new building will double the size of the business department at Clemson; financing for the facility will come from state appropriations, private gifts and institutional bonds.

Brett Dalton, executive vice president for finance and operation at Clemson, said the building will “usher in a new era for one of the fastest-growing academic disciplines on campus. Bobby McCormack, business school dean, added the new building will grow Clemson’s business education capabilities.

“This new facility will shine an even brighter light on our ability to shape students’ leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial skills,” McCormack said. “This is a historic project in size and scope because of the impact it will have on Clemson University’s future as a whole.”

The predominantly brick and glass towers will have an open design that includes an atrium. The towers will be connected above ground by an outdoor stairway leading to a plaza and overlooking Bowman Field, and by an interior hallway on the building’s first floor. In addition to technology-equipped classrooms, the building will house faculty and staff support offices, the college’s institutes and shared learning spaces, according to the university’s news release.

LMN Architects of Seattle is designing the building in collaboration with the Greenville office of S.C.-based LS3P, the architect of record. Construction is expected to commence in late fall, with occupancy anticipated in 2020. Other members of the project team include DPR, general contractor/construction management, and Olin landscape architecture.

The College of Business’ current home, Sirrine Hall, is being transformed into transitional space for people and departments moving to new locations on campus.

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