Project Profiles

Clemson University College of Business

Clemson’s College of Business has a new home – and it’s one of the biggest building projects in university history. According to Bobby McCormick, College of Business dean, as quoted in ClemsonWorld Magazine, when completed the inspiring 176,000-square-foot building will “look and function like 21st century business.” The $87.5 million project funded through state appropriations, private gifts and institutional bonds opened in 2020. This project includes more than 738,000 SF of Gold Building Products, LLC products.
Project

Clemson University College of Business

Clemson, South Carolina

Architect

LMN Architects (Design Architect)

Seattle, Washington

LS3P Associates, Ltd (Architect of Record)

Greenville, South Carolina

Owner

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina

Contractor

DPR Construction

Greenville, South Carolina

Clemson’s impressive new College of Business building is a model of innovative design. The 176,000-square-foot facility replaced Sirrine Hall, which was built in 1938.

Comprised mostly of brick and glass, the new business headquarters houses many tech-equipped classrooms along with faculty and staff offices. There are also conference rooms – one leading to an outside balcony – with striking, panoramic views. As Project Manager Paul Borick said in Clemson’s The Newsstand, “On a clear day, you can even see the mountains.”

Overlooking Bowman’s Field, a 90-foot atrium connects the building’s North and South Towers. Accessible from all five floors, the atrium features a French café in the center. A grand stairway, known as “Spanish Steps,” links the towers. These steps are modeled after a stairway in Rome that connects the Trinita dei Monti with the Piazza di Spagna.

Phyfer Auditorium, in the South Tower, is a 3,200-square-foot multi-purpose space on the bottom floor that will seat 200 people. A trading room adjoins the auditorium, where business students can practice trading equity securities. A stock exchange-like ticker display faces the outside, providing real-time stock prices.

Clemson’s new facility provides flexibility for business students, faculty and staff to adapt to advancements in technology and instructional methods. It also allows enhanced interface between academics and industry, accommodating long-term future growth at the university.