Littlejohn rebuild, athletic academic center revision on agenda for Clemson board

LJC architectural, engineering plans received, committee will soon begin selection process

Pre-concept rendering of rebuilt Littlejohn Coliseum (Clemson University photo)

Pre-concept rendering of rebuilt Littlejohn Coliseum (Clemson University photo)

Clemson University’s Board of Trustees will get campus construction updates Thursday and Friday at the Madren Conference Center.

Trustees will get updates about several campus building initiatives. The Core Campus project to replace Johnstone and Hartman halls and repurpose Vickery Hall from an athletic-support building to academic uses could be changed. Administrators have dropped a proposed “Athletics Academics Enrichment Center” from the project and plan to look for a better location and more cost-effective plan. The Core Campus price tag, originally estimated to be $116 million, would drop to $96 million and construction would be financed through bonds to be paid off with housing and dining revenues.

The Douthit Hills residential/commercial development has been submitted to the state’s Budget and Control Board, Commission on Higher Education and Joint Bond Review Committee for approval, which is expected to come by the end of April. A final budget for the $212 million project should be set sometime this coming summer.

The proposed Littlejohn Coliseum renovation is moving forward. University officials have received submissions from architectural and engineering firms and a selection committee is about to start reviewing those bids. The project would likely include upgrades to the training facilities for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, an exterior face-lift and a reduction from 10,000 seats to 8,500. The renovations have been estimated to cost up to $80 million, depending on the configuration.

Also on the agenda:

An update on the state legislature’s budget deliberations. The House has approved a budget that includes money for audits of all of the state’s four-year institutions, but the Senate has yet to take up the House proposal.

Renovations planned over the next 18 months for the Martin Inn (the hotel adjacent to the Madren Center) and Walker Golf Course.

The university is moving forward with long-delayed overhauls to the campus electrical grid and a refit of the wastewater plant.

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