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Clemson University

February 3, 2012

The faculty, staff and students of Clemson University’s School of Design and Building have enthusiastically moved into the 55,000-square-foot addition to Lee Hall. This showcase building provides not only a new home, but one that is a model for sustainability. The building’s anticipated energy consumption will make it one of the most energy efficient buildings in the U.S., featuring exterior and interior skylights, geothermal radiant heating and cooling, natural ventilation and the largest university Garden Roof installation in the Southeast.

The Lee Hall complex houses our master’s and undergraduate programs in architecture, art, city and regional planning, construction science and management, landscape architecture and real estate development, and the doctoral program in planning, design and the built environment. Thomas Phifer and Partners designed Lee III in collaboration with McMillan Pazdan Smith. Holder Construction was the Construction Manager at-Risk.

photo: Annmarie Jacques

Graduate student Joe Podolski from Clemson University and Fred Lebed and Andrew Leung from University of Illinois at Chicago were awarded an honorable mention for their contribution to the the AIAS/Kawneer Competition.

The prompt was that due to global climate change coastal cities are in more danger than ever.  After Hurricane Katrina, the Super Dome was used as a shelter, using this as an example each group was charged to think up a stadium that would be able to be used more effectively in both a crisis and as a stadium in normal times. Their response was a form derived from the many shapes water creates and using lighting to inform the public on a large scale.

More information can be found at the competition website:

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