University Facilities

Packaging Science

Project Highlights:

First building on the Clemson campus to achieve LEED Gold Certification!

The three story, 28,000 square foot building uses 44% less energy and 33% less water than a standard building.

Packaging Science Sustainable Sites

  • Alternative Transportation: Bicycle storage and shower facilities on site and charging stations provided for faculty golf carts.
  • Heat Island Effect: Significant amounts of native landscaping and high solar reflectance hardscape are used to reduce the site heat island effect.  The modified bitumen roof has a white gravel impregnated top sheet that provides a high solar reflectance to help limit heat gain to the building.

Water Efficiency

  • Landscaping:  Native landscaping is used throughout the site and no irrigation system is installed.
  • Innovative Wastewater Technologies: All toilets and faucets are either low-flow or dual flush, reducing water usage by 45% as compared to typical facilities.

Energy and Atmosphere

  • Energy Performance:  The project received 7 energy credits for a laboratory building with an efficient HVAC system and energy efficient envelope design which includes high performance glazing and sun shading devices.

Materials and Resources

  • Construction Waste Management: 77% of all construction waste was recycled which results in over 95 tons of waste diverted from the land fill.
  • Recycled Materials: Over 30% of the materials on the project have recycled content including items such as carpet, tile, structural frame, fly ash in the concrete slabs, and use of reclaimed trees on the site for benches inside the building.
  • Regional Materials: More than 40 percent of the construction materials were extracted, harvested or recovered and manufactured within 500 miles of Clemson.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Daylight: Natural light is strategically used throughout the building to allow for lighting reduction during the day via sensors that automatically turn off the lights when a room is unoccupied.
  • Thermal Comfort: Carefully architected roof overhangs and sunshades help to block out a majority of summer daylight while allowing lower-angled light from the winter sun. Trees are strategically placed on the building's exterior to reduce glare, provide shade on summer days and allow sun to filter through in the winter.

See our newsroom article for more information here: Harris A. Smith receives LEED Gold


LEED® v2.2 Gold Certified 2009 - Building Statisticsleedgold

  • Location: Fernow St, Clemson, SC 29634
  • Completion Date:  January 2009
  • Cost: $7 Million
  • Size: 27,834 gross square feet
  • Footprint: 9,300 square feet
  • Construction Type: Institutional
  • Use Group: Office and Laboratory
  • Lot Size: 1.3 acres
  • Occupancy: 120