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USC Upstate’s Business School to Add To Downtown’s Luster

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USC Upstate’s business school to add to downtown’s luster

May 20, 2008

By Gary Glancy

The University of South Carolina Upstate on Monday unveiled an architectural rendering of the George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics, a venture with an estimated cost exceeding $30 million and a potential value deemed priceless.

The USC Upstate business school currently enrolls nearly 850 majors, and that number is expected to rise once the new facility becomes operational.

The university anticipates that construction at the downtown Spartanburg site will be completed in December 2009, in time for the beginning of the spring semester in January 2010.

“I think bringing a thousand students to downtown Spartanburg is going to dramatically change the look and feel of downtown for the better,” said Johnson, a Spartanburg native and chairman of Johnson Development Associates, Inc. “We’ve made much progress under the city council and (Spartanburg) Mayor (Bill) Barnet’s leadership, and I’m optimistic about the future.”

The design plans call for a three-story, 60,000-square-foot building adjacent to the Chapman Cultural Center in the Renaissance Park facing St. John Street. It is being designed by David M. Schwarz, president and CEO of David M. Schwarz / Architectural Services, Inc., the same firm that designed the Chapman Cultural Center. McMillan Smith & Partners will be the local architectural firm for the project. Clerestory Projects Group will be the construction management firm for the project.

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