Douthit Hills at Clemson University provides nearly 1,750 student beds and creates a new gateway to the university. To meet the needs of a growing student body, the project melds the needs of both upper classmen and freshmen into one unified complex. A unique first-year experience for students is Clemson’s innovative Bridge Program with Tri-County Technical College, which provides housing for freshman attending Tri-County Tech who will be enrolled at Clemson upon successful completion of the first year program. In addition, the complex provides apartment style living for upper classmen. As the largest capital project in the school’s history, this high profile project involves an associative partnership between Clemson and three architectural firms – Clark Nexsen, Ayers Saint Gross, and The Boudreaux Group.
A central building complex houses a 400 seat dining hall, a wellness center, a Barnes & Noble store, and retail spaces for a national coffee chain, a convenience store, and 1,339 new surface parking spaces. This central building is flanked by a 970 bed, four building apartment complex with an outdoor pool for upperclassmen and by a 780 bed, three building complex for the Bridge Program students who commute to Tri-County Technical College before transferring into Clemson’s degree program. The central building serves as the engineering heart of the community, housing the HVAC plant and equipment for all eight buildings.
In addition to architecture, Clark Nexsen provided building engineering including electrical, fire protection, mechanical, plumbing, and structural services as well as interior design.