University Facilities

Lee III Renovation

Lee HallProject Highlights:

Lee Hall III's 30,000 sf garden roof is currently the largest University garden roof in the Southeast!

To substantiate the goal of reducing energy consumption 20% by 2020, Clemson built Lee Hall III, a building that will create as much energy as it consumes.  The building teaches sustainability by example.

Interesting Features

  • Lee III is a 56,000-square-foot-addition to Lee Hall, roughly doubling the overall size of the complex.
  • 97.8% of Lee III’s regularly occupied space has views to the outside in multiple directions. 

Lighting Efficiency

  • Natural light is provided by 53 external and internal skylights. The skylights and window walls minimize the need for lighting during daylight hours. These skylights also automatically change angle and aperture depending on the need for lighting. For example, less light is let in through the skylights when the building gets too hot.

Ventilation Technology

  • Natural ventilation is provided through both manually and mechanically operated windows.
  • Mechanical windows close when temperature and humidity readings reach threshold levels.
  • Monitors let building users know when conditions are conductive to natural ventilation.      

Energy and Atmosphere

  • 42 geothermal wells are installed to a depth of 440 feet below ground, where the median temperature is 59 degrees. These wells provide heating and cooling to the building’s mechanical system and allow the new addition to operate without the use of the campus energy plant.

Materials and Resources

  • Materials used to construct Lee Hall were selected to have high recycled content, and are extracted and manufactured from resources in close proximity (500 miles or less) to the building. In fact, some were harvested on campus!
  • Most of the wood used in this project is certified to be sustainably harvested by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC).
  • Lee Hall’s interior finish materials were carefully selected to provide a higher standard of indoor air quality. Paints, sealants, flooring and agrifiber products pass strict standards regarding VOC’s and off-gassing compounds that would negatively affect the indoor environment.
  • A large percentage of Lee Hall’s site is covered with Pervious Paving materials. These surfaces allow storm water to transfer into the ground instead of municipal treatment systems.

Continuous Progress

  • Anticipated energy consumption will make Lee III a highly energy efficient building. The building is zero-energy-ready. As soon as Clemson University completes its fundraising efforts to purchase sufficient photovoltaic panels, Lee Hall will be one of the first net-zero energy classroom buildings in the US. “Net-zero” means that it will produce as much energy as it consumes.
View a poster showing facts, stunning photos, and how the building is a living-learning environment

See our dedication brochure with fast facts and dedication information

Check out a map of the building

LEED® v2.2 Gold Certified 2010 - Building StatisticsleedscorecardLEED Gold

  • Location: Fernow St, Clemson University, 29632
  • Completion Date:  April 13, 2012
  • Cost: $31.6 Million
  • Size: 55,000 gross square feet
  • Footprint: 30,000 square feet
  • Construction Type: Institutional
  • Use Group: Office, Classroom and Laboratory
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