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Building Boom on Clemson Campus

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Building boom on Clemson campus
Parking loss becomes an issue

April 28, 2008

By Anna Simon – The Greenville News

Orange tape fluttering in the breeze on the Clemson University campus is a sign of coming summer construction and parking loss.

Work has started on a $7 million Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics building next to the Fluor Daniel engineering building. The facility will provide teaching labs, offices and classrooms for the Packaging Science and Graphic Communications departments and should be completed in December, said Bob Wells, chief facilities officer.

Work started in February on a $11.5 million Rhodes Hall Annex scheduled for completion in April of 2009. The approximately 30,000-square-foot annex will provide space for research, teaching labs and classrooms for Clemson’s bioengineering department.

Two projects are wrapping up: an Earle Hall High Bay conversion that turns unused space into another floor of offices, labs and work spaces is targeted for completion in mid-August, Wells said. Work on a chilled water plant behind Earle Hall also should be complete by then.

Work on the second phase of the Memorial Stadium West End project is expected to start this month. Work will span the 2008 football season but shouldn’t impact game day activities, Wells said. The West Zone will remain open during construction of the $16 million project that includes coach’s offices, administrative spaces, and strength and conditioning, training and equipment room expansion.

Within the next couple of months work will start on a Rotunda in the President’s Park on the end of the park near Sikes Hall. The roofed, circular gazebo-type structure, designed for open-air events, is the Golden Anniversary project of the Class of 1957 and should be finished by fall.

Site work should start in August on a $50 million Bioscience/Life Sciences building, an Academic Success Center south of the library and possibly a Fenow Street Cafe expansion.

Campus growth means less central parking. The 90,000 100,000-square-foot Bioscience/Life Sciences building will take up a chunk of a parking lot by the Poole Agriculture building. In addition, the Rhodes Hall annex has taken out a parking lot near the library.

While some of the other construction will impact parking temporarily, the bottom line will be a permanent loss of about 463 parking spaces, said Geary Robinson, director of parking services.

The loss of coveted parking close to the central campus will be offset by changes to bus routes.

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