Clemson board of trustees meeting Thursday, Friday at Madren Center

Douthit Hills mixed-used complex would provide graduate student, Bridge program housing

Clemson's Tillman Hall

Photo by Mark Crammer

Clemson's Tillman Hall

Clemson University’s board of trustees will have spring meetings Thursday and Friday at the Madren Conference Center. The board meets Friday afternoon to consider committee work from Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

The finance and facilities committee is expected consider several projects for final approval Friday morning, including the Douthit Hills mixed-use complex planned for the east side of the campus. It is scheduled for completion in 2015 at an estimated cost of $123 million, and would provide high-rise campus housing for graduate students, as well as undergrads in the university’s Bridge to Clemson program who take classes at Tri-County Technical College.

City residents have complained that adding 1,400 students, plus several retail shops, to the neighborhood would cause parking headaches and endanger several old trees. City of Clemson officials are mulling over traffic changes to ease neighbors’ concerns.

The Watt Family Innovation Center, a three-story, 40,000-square-foot facility to be built near the R.M. Cooper Library and the Class of 1956 Academic Success Center, should also get the OK from the facilities committee Friday.

That project, Douthit Hills and every other project that gets final approval will be submitted to the board of trustees for consideration Friday afternoon.

In other business:

the educational policy committee will review the latest graduate and undergraduate admissions’ numbers and hear reports from faculty representatives;

the institutional advancement committee will get an overview of the Clemson University Foundation’s strategic plan and be updated about ongoing fundraising efforts throughout the university;

The board’s schedule can found at www.clemson.edu/administration/bot/meetings.html by clicking “Preliminary Schedule of Events”.

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