The University of South Carolina’s 110,000 square foot, $50 million Football Operations Center, a collaboration between Q+ and Gensler Sports, is the new headquarters and crown jewel of Gamecock Football. The Center demonstrates USC’s continued investment in the success of their student athletes both on and off the field.
As operations buildings become increasingly more important to program efficiency and recruiting, USC perceives this new facility to be a “game-changer”. The Football Operations Center consolidates a number of previously decentralized functions: over 33,000 square feet of dedicated weight room and training space; a room for hydrotherapy treatments; nutrition and flexible dining areas; coach and staff offices; meeting rooms; locker rooms; and a players’ lounge. The building also includes event space for recruitment and donor initiatives and a large glass atrium allowing the public to experience interactive exhibits and displays highlighting the team’s history and achievements. The increased efficiency of the planning will streamline student athletes’ days, allowing more time for training, academics, and social activities. The facility is, in the words of Coach Will Muschamp, “a workman place”.
Sited next to the indoor practice facility and outdoor practice fields, the exterior facades of the Operations Center blend new, compelling features with USC campus precedents. The building, which is pursuing two Green Globes, incorporates large expanses of glass to capitalize on views towards the adjacent Williams Brice Stadium and at the same time provides fans glimpses of the activity inside. As a tool for recruiting and a tool for performance, the new Football Operations Center will put the University of South Carolina “ahead of the pack” in the SEC and raise the bar for other football programs around the nation.
This new facility, located in the heart of the University of South Carolina campus, will work alongside the current Thompson Student Health Center as home to the University’s Student Health Services. The building, which is targeting high benchmarks for sustainability, will create a “campus center around wellness”, promoting healthy living and setting the bar for student health centers nationwide. The building will contain clinical and laboratory areas for a range of health services, as well as facilities for counseling, wellness and education, a retail pharmacy, and a number of public amenities to draw students into the building. The design is a collaboration between Quackenbush Architects + Planners and Perkins + Will.
With limited buildable area on their established Beltline Campus, Midlands Technical College is seeking to replace their current library/classroom building in the heart of campus with a new facility that is not only state-of-the-art, but also one third larger in area than the current building. This three-story building will become the focal point of the Beltline Campus along Rosewood Drive and feature technology-rich classrooms and computer labs on the ground floor — many equipped for teleconferencing capability. The second level contains the main entrance to the library, and aligns with existing grade on the east. A cyber café/coffee commons is located in the lobby and opens to a new “quad” green space at the campus center. A third level contains the remainder of the library program, and features much needed study rooms in a variety of sizes, as well as an Academic Success Center with onsite tutoring.
The library will unite various campus functions to become a one-stop shop for students and faculty while still offering traditional quiet study space, group study, more than 100 computer stations, faculty offices, and the Center for Academic Success. The project is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, the first on the Beltline Campus.
Phase II Fall 2016
Phase II: $4.4 Million
The Lyman Center reflects the current mission and philosophy of the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department, providing counseling, rehabilitation, and work production services in one facility. The 35,000 square foot structure is subdivided into three major program components: an area office, a 10,000 square foot production/training floor, and a special services unit for occupational and physical therapy. The integration of daylighting, connections to nature, and a variety of "green" principles observed in the design of the facility, foster a healthy and productive workplace for clients and staff. Designed for an organization that values its relationships within the business community, the facility appeals to corporate and technological aesthetics while also blending with its organic, wooded site on the Middle Tyger River.