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Clemson University Plans New and Replacement Space within Core Campus Precinct

Stevens & Wilkinson


Clemson University


Clemson University

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Stevens & Wilkinson, a full-service architecture, engineering and interior design firm based in Atlanta and Columbia, S.C., is taking part in a comprehensive redesign of Clemson University’s Core Campus Housing Precinct in Clemson, S.C.

The Clemson University Core Campus Housing project is an ongoing venture that follows a 2002 Campus Master Plan decision to demolish and replace three major buildings in the middle of the university’s campus, a quest to fundamentally reimagine the entire Core Campus Precinct.

As part of the Campus Master Plan, a study was conducted to answer the question: “How might forward-looking approaches to housing, academic, dining, and student life programs be combined into an intense, innovative, and dynamic mixed-use center for Clemson University?”

To resolve the question, VMDO Architects, the firm directing the design of the 700-bed housing initiative, sought the collaboration of Stevens & Wilkinson in conjunction with Sasaki Associates to develop a clear and engaging vision for the precinct’s evolution.

"The design fits very well with the Campus Master Plan and has embellished it in ways we could never have otherwise articulated,” said Gerald Vander May, director, campus planning for Clemson University. “The program was very challenging, but through innovative problem solving and tireless interaction, the team has taken the complex goals of the university and fashioned a vision that has taken root.”

The architecture, engineering and landscape design services provided by Stevens & Wilkinson will involve 179,000 residential square feet, 76,000 dining square feet, and 5,000 academic square feet, resulting in 260,000 gross square feet of new construction and 700 beds. The Clemson University Core Campus Housing project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

“Beyond square footage and new construction, the project aspires to much more, including the design and development of quality campus life for students and new forms of housing that support the university’s desire for a multi-purpose, mixed-use center of living and learning,” said Ashby Gressette, AIA and president of Stevens & Wilkinson.

About Stevens & Wilkinson: Founded in 1919, Stevens & Wilkinson is a full-service architecture, engineering and interior design firm committed to providing clients with “Smart Design Solutions.” The firm’s combined design capabilities equate to projects executed with creative, innovative and holistic design solutions. Stevens & Wilkinson is the architecture and engineering firm on record for Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, Medical University of South Carolina’s James E. Clyburn Research Center, and Georgia State University’s College of Law. To learn more:
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