CU-ICAR Collaboration 3 Building

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  • AIA South Carolina, Energy Citation Award, 2008
  • AIA South Carolina, Honor Award, 2008
  • AIA Greenville, Honor Award, 2007

Certified: LEED Gold (the First in SC) by the U.S. Green Building Council, Core & Shell

The CU-ICAR campus is Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research. Clemson partnered with The Furman Company, a private sector developer, to create several multi-tenant buildings on the site to house automotive industry professionals interested in close collaboration with the Graduate Engineering Center. McMillan Pazdan Smith provided design services for all three buildings. The third building (Collaboration 3), houses Koyo Bearings USA, a division of the JTEKT Group.

Building 3 consists of 70,000 SF of laboratory space on the ground level including a metrology laboratory with full vibration isolation and 47,000 SF of office space above and was designed to be a model for LEED buildings. Sustainability measures include a high efficiency cooling system that uses underfloor air distribution and exterior materials consisting of aluminum storefront and curtainwall; glass; black closure size brick masonry units; steel panels; and extensive use of aluminum sun shading and daylighting systems. The building’s structural and circulation systems were designed with enough flexibility to add two additional levels of office space, for a total of four stories, at a future phase.