Firm sought for Clemson innovation center

May 14, 2013 by  

Clemson University, located just outside of Anderson, recently announced that it is now in the phase of looking for a construction manager to build the Watt Family Innovation Center, which was made possible by a donation of $5.25m from the Watt Family, alumni of the University.

No doubt flyer printing and poster printing are being used to announce the achievement of this phase and to reach out to interested parties to solicit bids, which are to be submitted by the May 21 deadline.

The building is planned to be three stories in height and include 59,000 square feet of multi-purpose and engineering classrooms, technology demonstration and showcase areas, an auditorium, industry collaboration spaces, technology-based innovation and research lab space and various support spaces. It is to be located on two acres near the Academic Success Center and R.M. Cooper Library. Costs for the construction are expected to be between $20m and $25 m.

Its location will make it accessible for students all over the campus. About 1,800 freshman students taking general engineering courses will be able to take them in the new building.

According to Professor Charles Watt, an alumnus of Clemson, the primary goal of the innovation center is to enable students to take ideas from their initial concepts to the market and depend on investment from the private and public marketplaces. Students will be exposed to global leadership and critical thinking.

Services prior to the construction are planned to begin in July. The building is expected to be completed by December 2014 and opened for students in January 2015.