Clemson University
High Ground Master Plan & Programming Study

LOCATION
Clemson, SC / United States

COMPLETED
2004

TOTAL SQUARE FOOTAGE
1.7 M SF New Construction
938,000 SF Renovation / 26 acres

PROGRAM COMPONENTS
Civil Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering

The design for this precinct was based upon goals set by Clemson University to provide a long-range development plan for the 26 acre site and its infrastructure. It was desired that the precinct be “undeniably Clemson,” and promote intellectual and social interaction.

Programmatically, a flexible planning model for program distribution was preferred to develop clusters and research foci, rather than a departmental planning model. Through these criteria a new social geometry for the precinct evolved.

This precinct is defined by three distinct spatial zones, the Promenade, the North Garden and the South Quadrangle. The Promenade is an 800 foot long pedestrian Promenade of the Arts, set to become the most urban of all campus spaces. The Promenade will knit the three new spaces together while tying the new precinct to South Palmetto Road and the core of the campus. The North Garden is an informal open-ended space, framing the rural horizon and Cemetery Hill. The South Garden is a more intimate and enclosed academic quadrangle, defining the outer edge of the campus core.

KEY TEAM MEMBERS
Leon W. Drachman, AIA, LEED Green Assoc.
Principal-in-Charge

Kevin B. Sullivan, FAIA
Design Principal