By James T. Hammond
Published Aug. 9, 2011
The state Budget and Control Board approved almost $63 million in new project costs at state agencies and universities, overriding opposition from Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom, who said the financial uncertainties of recent weeks made the projects ill-timed and ill-advised.
Fourteen separate projects were approved, including:
- $15 million to upfit three floors of the University of South Carolina’s Discovery I research building on the Innovista research campus.
- $10 million for Clemson University’s planned indoor football practice facility.
- $30 million for a nursing and science education building at Trident Technical College in the Lowcountry.
- $850,000 for a new roof on a building at Trident Tech
- About $2.2 million to renovate space on two floors of the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, to support the Mammography Clinic.
- $781,250 to continue pre-design work on the Close-Hipp Building renovation at USC.
The Clemson indoor football practice venue will comprise 80,000 square feet of space, including a full-size synthetic turf football field, a coaches tower, a training room, video recording platforms, and lighting and sound systems. The building is expected to be finished in January 2013.
The nursing education building at Trident Tech will comprise 91,590 square feet of nursing and science labs, general classrooms, study and meeting space for students, faculty offices and the Nursing Resource Center. Trident Tech is the largest provider of nursing education in the Lowcountry; enrollment in nursing and pre-nursing programs has increased 554%, with similar increases in related fields.
The USC Discovery I building was constructed as a shell in 2008. The three floors to be renovated will accommodate SmartState endowed chairs in cancer therapeutics, healthful lifestyles, and rehabilitation and reconstruction. The space also will provide offices, labs and research facilities for about 59 faculty and staff members.