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  New Student Center, Clemson University, pAGE 40New Student Center, Clemson University
Neal•Prince & Partners, ARCHITECTS 
110 West North Street, Greenville, SC 29601

Clemson, South Carolina
Total Square Feet: 109,003
Construction Period: Jan 1998 to Apr 2000

Construction Team
General Contractor: Martin Engineering, Inc. - 127 Stone Hill Drive, White Rock, SC 29177
Structural Engineer: Kingguinn Associates, PA - 1309 Amble Drive, Charlotte, NC 28206
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: McCracken & Lopez, PA - P.O. Box 32515, Charlotte, NC, 28204
Lighting Consultant: DMA Lighting Design - 119 Leatherton Way, Greenville, SC 29615
Cost Estimator: Conceptual Estimates - 107 Greenvale Drive, Easley, SC 29640

In its effort to attain national recognition, Clemson University has engaged in a progressive campaign to provide its students with the finest university campus in the Southeast. A part of the vision of the campus masterplan was to provide a student oriented building for the eastern half of the campus, adjacent to the majority of on-campus student housing facilities. The Hendrix Student Center, completed in April 2000, provides a place for students to gather, relax, interact and learn.

The Board of Trustees of Clemson University asked that a new style of building design be considered for the student center to act as a gateway to the east side of the campus. The resulting design of this three story, 108,000-square-foot brick clad building is reminiscent of the original dormitories located immediately north of the center. The building was conceived as a traditionally proportioned structure, with a stone watertable, and stone lintels above wide openings. Since the structure faces almost due south, receding planes of glass step to the building interior, and become shaded by the floor above. Cooling loads were substantially reduced, while interior views to the surrounding campus are unimpeded.

Extensive sitework, including the relocation of one of the campus main roads, and many of the underground campus utilities, was required to provide sufficient acreage to construct the building. In preparation for the work, nearly $1.4 million in site costs, which included relocating a historic residential structure and constructing surface parking lots to replace those lost at the building site, was undertaken prior to completing the building design.

The Hendrix Student Center is located at the center of two main campus axes created by pedestrian traffic from student housing located to the east and north, which flows to the academic center of the campus and to an off-campus parking area located to the south. In order not to impede student traffic, the Hendrix Center is designed to respond to these axes. The main bar building, oriented east/west, provides a 360-foot long covered arcade at the building front for students to walk along, out of the weather. At the center of the building, a three-story atrium marks the intersection of the pedestrian axes along which students travel.

Inside the center, a campus bookstore, food court, theater and copy shop are housed on the ground floor. Ballrooms and meeting rooms occupy the second floor, flanked by administrative offices for the Student Union organizations. A coffee bar and student lounge overlook the atrium from the second floor balcony. A Career Planning and Placement Center is situated on half of the third floor. Student media organizations, including the campus radio station, cable news station, yearbook offices, and student newspaper offices are located in the other half. At the center of the third floor, a glass enclosed computer center is available 24 hours a day to students for class assignments and Internet access.

Considered one of the great gathering spots on campus, the Hendrix Student Center has been well received by the students, administration, and Board of Trustees.

DIV 04: Brick: Richtex.
DIV 07: Metal Roof Panels: AEP Span; Modified Bitumen Roofing: Johns Manville; Covered Walkway: Kalwall.
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts, Glazing: EFCO Corporation; Metal Doors & Frames: Curries; Wood Doors: Marshfield DoorSystems; Roll-Up Doors: Overhead Door Co.
DIV 09: VCT: Tarkett; Carpet: Miliken; Metal Studs: Dietrich; Paint: Sherwin Williams; Acoustical Ceilings & Gypsum Board: United States Gypsum.
DIV 10: Toilet Partitions: Lambaton; Toilet & Bath Accessories: ASI; Operable Partitions: Modernfold.
DIV 14: Elevators: Thyssen Dover.

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