Clemson University has selected Portland architecture firm and a Charleston architect to design a new $10 million architecture center at 292 Meeting St.
Friday’s announcement that the school has hired both Allied Works Architecture and e.e. fava architects, etc. is the first stirrings of a project that has laid dormant for several years.
Clemson originally planned to build a permanent home for its Charleston-based architecture and historic preservation programs on George Street, but public opposition forced the school to back off.
Instead, Clemson converted the George Street site into a parking lot and used its remaining money to buy the 292 Meeting site, which includes a single house that will be preserved and a one-story brick office expected to be torn down for the new three-story, 31,000-square-foot center.
Allied Works Architecture is a 40-person firm led by Brad Cloepfil and works from Portland and New York. Charleston architect Eddie Fava founded his firm in 1993, and he currently serves on the city’s Board of Architectural Review.
Cloepfil was one of four architects that took part in a 2005 competition to build the George Street center — a competition won by W.G. Clark, who later bowed out.
Boston-based Kennedy & Violich Architecture ultimately received the commission, but its proposed building was hotly opposed because of its modern design and its potential impact on nearby homes.
Clemson announced its new facility will be named after the late Countess Alicia Spaulding Paolozzi, whose foundation made a lead gift. The center is expected to serve about 100 students a semester.
Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.