The University is on the cusp of a new academic year, and those who are about to resume their day-to-day activities on campus will notice that some things look a bit different. Like most years, the quieter summer months have brought significant construction projects and facility upgrades across the University. From a brand-new academic building that will be the center for humanities education to a long-anticipated addition to the game day experience in Death Valley, these are some of the most notable changes around our campus.
Daniel Hall renovation and expansion
Daniel Hall, the primary building on campus for general education courses, was closed after Spring classes ended in May to prepare for the building’s renovation, which is now underway and set to be complete in summer/fall 2023. The section of Library Bridge nearest Strode Tower and Daniel Hall will remain closed as the project continues. Pedestrian traffic is being rerouted to a path adjacent to the ground level of Cooper Library, under Library Bridge and along the Reflection Pond.
Meanwhile, the expansion of Daniel Hall, located between Cooper Library and Strode Tower, has been finished in time for the start of the Fall semester. The new three-story 52,633-square-foot Humanities Hall includes a 250-seat lecture hall and collaborative spaces on the first floor and 12 classrooms and more open space on the second and third floors. Many classes ordinarily held in Daniel Hall will be in Humanities Hall, and the Pearce Center for Professional Communication has also relocated to the new building. To accommodate the current construction zone, visitors to Humanities Hall will enter on the first floor via the sidewalk off McMillan Road.
Perimeter Road project
Construction continues on the Perimeter Road project, and currently, drivers will mostly notice work being done on the sides of the road to prepare for widening. The project, aimed to be completed in August 2023, will transform Perimeter Road from a two-lane road to a 48-foot-wide road with two lanes traveling in each direction. It will also incorporate a 15-foot-wide landscaped median and a 5-foot-wide buffer along a 10-foot-wide multiuse recreational path. The project will create additional green space, encourage active lifestyles and help alleviate traffic on one of the main gateways into campus.
Renovated East Side Food Court
The East Side Food Court renovation in Hendrix Student Center remains in progress to accommodate an expanded Panda Express and a second on-campus Chick-fil-A location. Both restaurants will have Grubhub pickup locations, allowing students and employees to order food online and have shorter wait times. A new POD convenience store will open next to McKissick Theatre. Due to supply-chain delays, construction is expected to be complete around mid-to-late September.
New video board in Memorial Stadium
Construction on the new video board in Memorial Stadium began at the conclusion of the 2021 football season, and it’s on track to make its debut to 80,000+ fans for Clemson’s home opener against Furman University on September 10.
The new video board measures 125 feet wide by 57 feet tall (7,125 square feet) and is a significant upgrade from the previous video board, which was installed in 2010 and measured 65 feet wide by 25 feet tall (1,625 square feet). Additional enhancements include a new sound system and LED stadium lighting.
New video board at Riggs Field
Over at Riggs Field, home of the men’s and women’s soccer teams, a new video board will have the same LED models being installed in Memorial Stadium — albeit on a smaller scale. New signage in the stadium will commemorate the 2021 national champion men’s team, and the lighting and audio systems have also been replaced.
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