Clemson University, Lee Hall

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In association with Thomas Phifer and Partners

Certified: LEED® Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council®

Awarded:

  • AIA South Carolina, Honor Award, 2014
  • AIA National, Honor Award, 2013

The College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities is comprised of three interrelated schools: The School of Design and Building, The School of the Arts, and the School of the Humanities. Lee Hall is the original building for architecture and allied arts. It was designed and constructed under the guidance of founding Dean Harlan E. McClure in the late 1950’s. Together with additions in the 1970’s and 1990’s, the existing building has been nominated by the SC Department of Archives and History for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

McMillan Pazdan Smith was responsible for the planning, design, and construction of a new addition encompassing each of the departments currently housed at Lee Hall and the targeted renovation, restoration, and preservation of the existing Lee Hall building. The new building is approximately 60,000 SF, and the renovated area totals approximately 110,000 SF. Significant site-work and integration of the new building and associated improvements into the district was also part of this work.

Lee Hall studios are sized for flexibility of project sizes and team configurations and to encourage collaboration, ranging from 16 to 24 students. One example of encouraging collaboration is that all power/data receptacles are located in the floor rather than around the perimeter of the studios, to encourage location of student desks in the center, facing each other. Lee Hall includes studio spaces for the visual arts, architecture, and landscape architecture. The existing Rudolph E. Lee Gallery was modified during the renovation portion of the project to make this primary art display space for the Art Department handicap accessible and to include a Curator’s office.

The project took intensive measures with regard to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, as showcased by the LEED Gold certification.