Clemson University – ICAR Collaboration 3
LEED® Core and Shell Gold
Pazdan-Smith Group Architects
200 East Broad Street, #300, Greenville, SC 29601
Location: Greenville, South Carolina
Date Bid: Jan 2006
Construction Period: Oct 2006 to Sep 2007
Total Square Feet: 117,643 Site: 3.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 72,961; second floor, 44,682, total,
117,643 square feet.
Building Height: Varies.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel frame with concrete slabs.
Exterior Walls: Brick, curtainwall. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Structural & Civil Engineer: Britt, Peters & Associates, Inc. -
550 South Main Street, #301, Greenville, SC 29601
General Contractor: Harper Corporation - 35 West Court Street,
#400, Greenville, SC 29601
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Talbot & Associates Consulting
Engineers, Inc. - 916 West Fifth Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Landscape Architect: Innocenti & Webel - 188 Dug Hill Trail,
Tryon, NC 28782
The CU-ICAR Campus will be Clemson University's center for automotive
engineering research. Clemson has partnered with The Furman Co., a
private-sector developer, to create several multi-tenant buildings on
the site to house automotive industry professionals that are interested
in collaboration with the Center. Pazdan-Smith Group provided design
services for CU - ICAR Collaboration 3.
Clemson University charged the client to develop a multi-tenant office
building that would be a secondary, non-dominate companion to support
and house the multiplicity of automotive industry research that would
take place in conjunction with the Carol Campbell Graduate Engineering
Center. However, while being secondary to the main campus building, the
building would also need to be an exceptional architectural design that
would exhibit the characteristics of innovation and research at a highly
visible location along Interstate 85. The building would need to provide
students and automotive industry researchers with great opportunities
for collaboration. By designing the building to include highly visible
circulation routes and multiple opportunities for spontaneous contact
between students and fellow researchers, the building encourages the
phenomenon of "chance encounters," which have proven to be a key
component to the success of a creative research environment.
The building's interior includes 72,961 square feet of laboratory space
on the ground level, including a twenty foot clearance high-bay area
with a 5 ton crane, combined with 44,682 square feet of class-A office
space on the second level. Planning for the future, the building's
structural and circulation systems were designed with flexibility to add
two additional levels of multi-tenant office space for a total of four
stories and 208,000 square feet.
In the spirit of engineering, the building was designed and built to be
a model for efficiency and performance. The building was designed to
greatly exceed present efficiency standards. To achieve this objective,
a thorough and all-encompassing approach would be needed. In addition to
using state-of-the-art mechanical equipment, components such as
underfloor air distribution and engineered, exterior sunshading systems
would need to be incorporated. Final energy modeling showed that
Collaboration 3's energy efficiency is almost twenty percent better than
ASHRAE 90.1 (2004) standards.
The exterior materials consist of various materials that include a high
level of recycled material including aluminum storefront and curtainwall,
glass, black closure size brick masonry units and steel paneling. The
structural design is a steel frame with castellated beams and composite
slabs. Final calculations show that the building was constructed with
over a third of its material, by cost, made from post-consumer and
pre-consumer recycled content.
The project team chose to make water efficiency an integral part of the
building design. Outdoors, landscaping was designed to include
low-water-demand native and indigenous plantings that would not require
the installation of permanent irrigation systems. Indoors, by using
high-efficiency fixtures, waterless urinals and occupant sensors, an
expected water-use reduction of nearly 50% beyond standards set forth in
the 1992 Energy Policy Act was attained.
The building has been certified LEED®
Core and Shell Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council, the first in the
DIV. 7: Metal Composite Wall Panels: Centria.
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts: Vistawall; Glass: Guardian; Sun
Screens: Armetco; Panels, Trim, Clips: Greenscreen.
DIV. 9: Access Floors: Tate.
DIV. 10: Elevators: Schlindler.