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Design approved for new USC School of Medicine in Columbia, part of $300M project

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The University of South Carolina is making necessary investments to its physical campus to ensure a world-class academic experience with one of those key pieces being a new School of Medicine Columbia and research building planned for the BullStreet district, a news release stated

The university released its first official renderings of the state-of-the art building designed to anchor future health research.

USC’s Board of Trustees approved the design of the new School of Medicine Columbia building and reviewed new renderings of the outside of the building, the release stated.

Construction on the project is slated to begin in 2025 and is expected to be complete by 2027.

The 300,000-square-foot building will be the heart of the new $300 million campus and will feature innovative active-learning classrooms, extensive medical simulation spaces, a health science library, numerous labs for interdisciplinary research and a café. (Rendering/Provided)
The 300,000-square-foot building will be the heart of the new $300 million campus and will feature innovative active-learning classrooms, extensive medical simulation spaces, a health science library, numerous labs for interdisciplinary research and a café. (Rendering/Provided)

The 300,000-square-foot building will be the heart of the new $300 million campus and will feature innovative active-learning classrooms, extensive medical simulation spaces, a health science library, numerous labs for interdisciplinary research and a café, according to the release.

There are also plans for an outdoor courtyard and garden areas.

Plans include a health sciences campus consisting of up to four additional buildings on the 16-acre site surrounding the inaugural building, according to the release.

The health sciences campus is expected to transform health research and health care delivery in South Carolina while providing clinical and research spaces dedicated to finding solutions to diverse health challenges in the state, the release stated.

USC is partnering with Gilbane, which will lead the planning, design, development and construction. Other key partners include: lead design architect The SLAM Collaborative (Atlanta and Glastonbury, Connecticut), Columbia-based architect Boudreaux, operations manager Honeywell (Wabash, Ind.) and minority-owned business Brownstone Design and Construction Group out of Columbia. Restoration 52 — a development consultant and minority- and women-owned business based in Greenville — is also helping throughout the process.

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