By Liz Segrist
Published Dec. 10, 2012
Clemson University plans to vacate the former Bowater building overlooking Liberty Bridge and Falls Park after it moves into the Project One building under construction at Main and Washington streets.
The downtown Greenville building has housed Clemson’s MBA program since 2009. The university announced plans in March to relocate its MBA program and professional development services into the Project One development. At the time, the university considered leasing space in both buildings.
“Right now we have no plans to use the (Bowater) building after the Greenville One project is completed and we’re able to move our graduate business programs there,” said Cathy Sams, Clemson’s chief public affairs officer, in an emailed statement.
The university leased 33,355 square feet of space at the Bowater building in 2009, about one-and-a-half floors, and had an option to purchase the building.
Clemson will occupy 70,000 square feet of space at Project One. Clemson plans to occupy floors five through eight and also have 1,200 square feet on the ground floor.
From fall 2010 to fall 2011, the MBA program had a 15% increase in new student enrollment and a 41% increase in part-time and non-degree students entering the program.
“It has been a great location, but the new project will give us the opportunity to have permanent space that we will own and that can be designed specifically for these kinds of programs,” Sams said.
Hughes Development Corp.’s Project One also will house retailer Anthropologie, the corporate headquarters of CertusBank, the Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd law firm, restaurant Tupelo Honey and the Smith Moore Leatherwood law firm.