Inside Clemson

A little pain for a lot of gain

WFICConstructionBy Jackie Todd, Office of Media Relations

Faculty, staff, students and visitors who come to Clemson this summer will see the future being built right before their eyes.

Meanwhile, progress doesn’t come without a little inconvenience. To accommodate the work being done and for the safety of those on campus, Clemson will temporarily close some roads, divert traffic and relocate some parking spots. (Note: Deep breaths, it will all be ok, really.)

Take a look at some of the upgrades that will improve Clemson’s main campus:

Northwest campus

  • A chiller plant will be constructed along Highway 93, which will add plant capacity for planned future growth on the west sector of campus and will mitigate risks associated with outages due to an aging central utility infrastructure. The new energy plant will also provide supplemental capacity for central campus growth estimated at more than 450,000 square feet including essential facilities such as the Core Campus housing development, the Watt Family Innovation Center, the Freeman Hall addition as well as new athletic facilities.
  • Kingsmore Stadium renovations continue and are almost complete.
  • WestZone and Stadium Suites upgrades will continue throughout the summer.
  • To support renovations to Littlejohn Coliseum, the Avenue of Champions (from Perimeter Rd. to Centennial Blvd.) will shut down until August 19.

Northeast campus

  • Core Campus construction continues. Read more about Core Campus.
  • Workers will improve Riggs Field with the installation of a new vertical drainage system along with new turf.
  • Douthit Hills construction will ramp up this week. Read more about Douthit Hills.
  • Parkway Drive will close until June 1 as workers repave the street. Faculty and staff will be able to park in 45 additional spaces, which are now available on Daniel Drive (behind Clemson House) and 60 temporary employee parking spaces at Calhoun Courts (off of S.C. Highway 93 across from the President’s House).
  • Plans for a satellite parking lot are underway. The lot will be built near the intersection of S.C. Highway 93 and Highway 76. The lot will be accessible through Highway 76 and is expected to offer 200 additional employee spaces.

Southeast campus

  • Work on the Watt Family Innovation Center and Freeman Hall expansion  projects are ongoing.
  • The brick plaza under the Library Bridge will be closed so that workers can replace the brick pavers.
  • Lightsey Bridge Apartments will undergo upgrades and renovations.
  • A new roof will be installed at the Brooks Center and the Fluor Daniel building.
  • The picnic tables in the front of the Hendrix Student Center will be removed to allow better access to the building. Workers will build an outdoor plaza on the Southwest Corner of Hendrix. The new area will include 60 tables and chairs.

Work continues throughout campus on various repairs on the aging electrical infrastructure. To support these changes, the main campus will have brief, localized power outages and some traffic detours as workers dig “duct banks” (essentially a big hole in the street) to install and replace underground utilities and wiring.

This work precedes a five-year $75M electrical distribution system upgrade project that will begin next year.

“We want to construct a state-of-the-art electrical system that can auto switch power to minimize the impact of localized outages ” said Clemson’s Chief Facilities Officer Bob Wells. “It’s short-term pain for a lot of gain.”


Click here to access a PowerPoint that gives information on summer projects at Clemson’s main campus.

The facilities department maintains a calendar that lists road closures, outages and other construction disruptions. Access that calendar here or visit the facilities department Web page.

For up-to-date information about parking or transportation changes, visit the Parking and Transportation Services Web page and follow @Clemson_parking on Twitter.

Visit the Building Futures Web page for information on the university’s capital projects.