Architects unveil designs for Sandhill Center

By Debbie Dalhouse

One of the nation’s leading architectural firms for “green construction” has designed new facilities for Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center in Columbia. Included are a conference center and offices for the Institute for Economic and Community Development, which facilitates statewide collaborations.

“The sustainable design uses energy efficient glass, stone and steel, and a ‘green roof’ that can grow native wire grass without irrigation,” said John W. Kelly, Clemson University vice president for public service and agriculture. Architects are Neal Prince + Partners of Greenville, S.C., and SmithGroup of Washington, D.C.

SmithGroup is nationally known for its commitment toLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). This system emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings,energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. 

The conference center at Sandhill will be used as a model of sustainable development for community leaders, state agencies, economic development teams and commercial developers, as well as university students. Construction is planned to begin in early 2006 with completion projected for mid-2007.


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