The Clemson University Greenhouse Complex is a support facility for basic and applied plant research housed in the Biosystems Research Complex.
The facility contains over 40,000 square feet of greenhouse space and an approximately 16,000 square-foot headhouse. The greenhouse facility is comprised of two ranges of greenhouses each aligned along a central corridor.
Together the ranges contain:
The headhouse contains all of the support facilities for the greenhouse including:
Each greenhouse section is individually controlled and monitored through the central Argus environmental control system. Adjustable environmental parameters include perimeter heat, under bench heat in the propagation sections, ventilation, evaporative cooling, supplemental lighting, shade screening/heat retention and a black cloth light control system. Archived data includes greenhouse temperature and humidity monitoring, and outside environment monitoring.
The complex is completely utility-self-sufficient with backup boilers and an electrical generator available during utility outages.
Hours of Operation
The normal working hours for the greenhouse complex are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
Access to Greenhouse Complex is limited to authorized faculty, staff and students. Visitors must be accompanied at all times. Children must be under adult supervision and may not enter greenhouse sections under any circumstances.
Greenhouse Advisory Committee
The Greenhouse Advisory Committee is composed of department chairs who have faculty utilizing facilities at the complex, and the Director of the Biosystems Research Complex. The Greenhouse Advisory Committee meets annually to:
Biosystems Research Complex Director
The Clemson University Greenhouse Complex is available for use by University faculty, professional staff, or students, and affiliated USDA personnel. Users are responsible for the planning, implementation, maintenance and successful completion of projects conducted in Greenhouse facilities. Users should plan to interact frequently and directly with Greenhouse Staff.
Faculty members are responsible for the organization and supervision of their students’ use of Complex facilities. All first-time users of the Greenhouse Facilities are required to schedule an orientation covering Greenhouse Services, Greenhouse Policies and Procedures and participate in EPA mandated Worker Protection Standard Training.
Responsibilities of Greenhouse users:
Growth chambers and Growth rooms are available to University investigators on a first-come-first-served basis. Priority will be given to University faculty. Current rental fees are $50.00/week for the 15 square foot reach-in chambers or 100 square foot growth rooms. The minimum rental period is one month with increments of one week after that.
Fees are assessed on a monthly basis. For users with space requests totaling 10 months or more, payment should be made at the beginning of each fiscal year. Account numbers to be charged need to be established before occupying any greenhouse/growth chamber and before the contract renewal date. Fees accrue from the date the space is assigned. Payment should be made by IDO for the amount of the entire fee. Multiple users may share greenhouse space. However, charges will only be assessed to a single account.