Budget & Control Board expected to approve WestZone, Kingsmore Stadium projects

Also on today's agenda are approval of design funds for Littlejohn, Memorial Stadium suites projects

Baseball - Doug Kingsmore Stadium upgrade rendering

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Baseball - Doug Kingsmore Stadium upgrade rendering

Several of Clemson's high-profile athletic facilities projects will be on the agenda this morning when the South Carolina Budget and Control Board holds its first scheduled 2014 meeting in Columbia.

Up for final approval is the issuance and sale of $15.3 million in bonds for the third stage of the WestZone Complex project at Memorial Stadium and the renovation and expansion project at Clemson's Doug Kingsmore Stadium baseball facility.

Approval is expected for the projects, which were adopted and put forward by the Clemson board of trustees at its meeting earlier this month.

The resolution includes $8.3 million in bonds for the WestZone project, which will complete the entrance area and add a pedestrian link structure designed to improve traffic flow before and after football games.

The resolution calls for $7 million in bonds for the Doug Kingsmore Stadium project, which will include the development, construction and equipping of an addition that will encompass a broad range of player amenities, including new locker rooms, a lobby, team areas, training rooms, players' dining area, meeting space, coaches offices and a players' lounge, as well as additional spectator seating.

Also up for approval is the use of private athletic funds to begin design work on the Littlejohn Coliseum 'rebuild' and the renovation of suites and concourses at Memorial Stadium.

The two projects fall under the 'Permanent Improvement Projects' classification, and include $1.3 million for the Littlejohn project and $375,000 for the stadium project.

The Littlejohn project will maintain the footprint of the existing building, but will include the demolition and reconfiguration of the interior space, with an upgraded, 8,500-capacity seating bowl. The project will also increase premium-level seating from 40 to 500, add an NCAA regulation practice facility, and will incorporate all facets of men's and women's basketball operations.

The Memorial Stadium project will renovate and upgrade existing suites, while adding 750 more premium seats. The project will also address ADA noncompliance issues with the addition of elevators and stairways.

Also on Wednesday's agenda is a $10 million project to expand Clemson's Freeman Hall, which houses the university's industrial engineering department.

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