Fluor, IBM Likely Tenants for USC’s Innovista


The state Budget and Control Board approved Wednesday a request by the University of South Carolina to be exempted from the state’s procurement process so it can negotiate a lease directly with a Fortune 100 company for space in an office building planned for the Innovista research campus.

The likely occupants would be Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM, ranked No. 20 on Fortune’s list of largest companies, and Irving, Texas-based Fluor Corp., a global provider of construction and engineering services. Fluor, ranked 110 on Fortune’s list, employs around 2,300 people in Greenville.

Assuming leasing agreements are finalized, the two companies would be housed in a five-story office building to be constructed at the corner of Blossom and Assembly streets in downtown Columbia.

In documents provided to the state board, the university said it would “negotiate directly with the company as part of the economic development package.”


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