Clemson Board of Trustees approved $100 million worth of renovation to the Bryan Mall High Rises on Friday.
The renovations include updating the current electrical systems, roof, fire sprinklers and HVAC, making the current housing compliant with current code requirements. The plan will also update the interior to modern student preferences and improving the courtyard.
The design will also turn about 210 out of the 1,450 beds into a student lounge and programming space.
The renovations will be funded with a mix of Higher Education Revenue Bonds and Housing Improvement Funds. It will begin in May 2023, concluding in the spring of 2026.
Here are a few other projects trustees approved during the quarterly board meeting:
Advanced Materials Innovation Complex
The Chemical and Biomolecular Department at Clemson is getting a new complex. It will include a 143,000 square foot lab and facility for Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering departments and related programs.
The building will also have several classes, administrative offices, seminar spaces and shared rooms. It will support 120 faculty and staff in the building, 180 graduate assistants assigned to the research labs and accommodate more than 12,000 students.
The cost of the project is estimated at $130 million and will be funded with a mix of State Appropriations, private funding, and State Institution Bonds. It is set to begin in the winter of 2023, ending in the winter of 2025.
Johnstone Hall and Core Campus Demolition
The trustees approved to demolish the approximately 132,500 square foot Johnstone Hall and Union Building Complex. Also approved was the design phase of what will replace the buildings.
Johnstone Hall was built in the 1950s as temporary housing where the Union Building Complex was built in the 1970s. Both buildings are in poor condition.
Though it has not been decided, it is expected that the area will be used as a green space for more student-centric needs.
The project is estimated at $12 million and will be funded with Maintenance & Stewardship Funds and Housing Improvement Funds. It is set to begin in July 2023 and end in July 2024.
Johnson Controls, Inc as the university’s energy service company
The board approved Johnson Controls, Inc as the university’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Program contractor.
With a $600,000 budget, Johnson Controls, Inc will study the buildings on campus to determine the work that is needed to maximize the University’s opportunity to save on utilities.
The total cost of the contract is estimated at $49,000,000 and will be financed through the State’s Master Lease Program. It is set to begin in October 2022 until December 2024.