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Baruch Institute

Facility Use & Rental

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In 2006, a $5 million appropriation was received from the South Carolina General Assembly to improve and expand the Belle W. Baruch Institute's capabilities to support the growing need for coastal environmental research. The construction project refurbished existing laboratories for research on water quality, forest productivity, and the impact of urban growth on the environment. It also added an approximately 12,000-square-foot conference and education facility equipped with two-way video conferencing capabilities for distance education.

Overview of General Facilities

The facilities meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification requirements set by the U.S. Green Building Council. Carpeting, paints and construction material produced from natural materials with low volatile organic compounds were used. And the facilities were awarded a regional honorable mention award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc. for the HVAC system's energy efficiency. In addition, landscaping for the new facility demonstrates storm water management techniques and the use of coastal plants for home landscapes.

  • 12,000 square foot conference and education facility
    • Office space for resident faculty, visiting faculty, and visiting scientists
    • Smart classroom for videoconferencing and distance education
    • Large meeting room for workshops and symposia
    • Conference rooms for small meetings
  • 7,000 square foot office and laboratory facility
    • Laboratories for water quality and environmental research
  • New 1,250-square-foot research and operations building
  • Two cottages for overnight lodging with a total of 13 beds


Rates are reviewed in June of each year and updated with the new fiscal year each July.

Unit of Billing Rate
Use of Laboratory per day  $     100.00
Use of Multipurpose Room per event   $     150.00
Use of Conference Room per event   $       20.00
Cottage/Dorm (student) per night  $       15.00
Cottage/Dorm (non-student) per night  $       20.00
Cottage/Dorm (student) per week  $       90.00
Cottage/Dorm (non-student) per week  $     120.00
Use of Kitchen per event   $       50.00
Use of Grounds per day  $     200.00
Use of Smart Classroom without Polycom per day  $       50.00
Use of Smart Classroom with Polycom per day  $       75.00


The Baruch Institute has two cottages with housing available to Clemson students, faculty, and staff and visiting scientists. Cottage guests are expected to help take part in keeping the house clean. Space within the cottage is limited and can fill up quickly, especially during the summer months. 

John B. Harris Student Cottage

  • Has a capacity of 10 guests.
  • Four bedrooms with California twin-sized beds, which are slightly longer than a normal twin bed. Each room has either two twin beds on the floor or one twin bed and a bunk bed.
  • Closets and locks on the doors to each bedroom.
  • Fully stocked kitchen, two refrigerators, washer/dryer, and a dishwasher.
  • A combination living/dining room with a table, couch, chairs, and television.
  • Wireless internet access is also provided, however quality may suffer if several people are using high-bandwidth applications all at once.
  • Handicap facilities are also available.

Andy's Cottage

  • Has a capacity of 3 or 4 guests.
  • Two bedrooms. One bedroom has one queen bed. The other bedroom has two twin beds.
  • Wardrobes in each bedroom.
  • Fully stocked kitchen, a refrigerator, washer/dryer, and a dishwasher.
  • A combination living/dining room with a table, couch, chairs, and television.
  • Handicap facilities are also available.

cottage exterior image

cottage kitchen

cottage dining room

cottage bedroom with bunk beds

cottage bedroom with single beds

cottage bathroom

Meeting Rooms

There are multiple meeting spaces that can be reserved for events.

Conference Room

  • Capacity of 12 for small meetings

multi purpose room at baruch institute

Multipurpose Room

  • Capacity of 80-100 for workshops and symposia

  • Attached kitchen and screen porch available at an added cost

  • Room is capable of calling into Zoom meetings

conference room at baruch institute


There are three dedicated laboratories with over 1,200 square feet including an instrument room, an organic laboratory with a 4-foot perchloric acid fume hood and a general-purpose laboratory with a 6-foot perchloric fume hood. An auxiliary building with over 2,000 square feet contains a storage room with a stainless steel counter and sink, a tissue and soil grinding room that has a Wiley mill below an exhaust hood and a shop area that contains the drying oven.

  • Beckman Coulter LS13-320 Laser Diffraction Particle Size Analyzer
  • IDEXX – Quanti-Tray Sealer for Total Coliform, E.Coli and Enterococci
  • SYSTEA – Easy Chem Descreet Analyzer
  • Shimadzu RF-5301 PC Spectrofluorophotometer with Panorama2 software
  • Shimadzu UV-1800 Spectrophotometer
  • Shimadzu TOC-V CPN Total Organic Carbon Analyzer with ASI-V Autosampler
  • Shimadzu TNM-1 Total Nitrogen Measuring Unit
  • Shimadzu SSM-5000A Solid Sample Module
collage of images of 4 different pieces of lab equipment
Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science
Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science | 177 Hobcaw Road, Georgetown, SC 29440 | PO Box 596 Georgetown SC 29442-0596