University of South Carolina, Instructional Chemistry Lab Building

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In association with EYP

Certified: LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council

Awarded:

  • Lab Manager’s Award for Special Mention for Adaptive Reuse, Sustainability Award, 2021
  • Historic Columbia Award, New Construction in Historic District, 2020
  • AIA South Carolina, Adoptive Reuse Merit Design Award, 2020
  • AIA Columbia, Honor Award, 2020

Repurposing a former Law School in the heart of a tight urban campus provided an economically and sustainable approach to meeting the increasing demand for undergraduate chemistry teaching spaces. 

A complete gutting and abatement of approximately 180,000 SF of a 1970’s structure created three floors of state-of-the-art laboratories for Honors Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Physical and Analytical Chemistry, the new classrooms and undergraduate laboratories provide a highly transparent environment for USC students and faculty which puts safety and science on display.  

 The design team prepared separate bidding packages for demolition and abatement followed by the fit-out construction documents.  

The renovation was completed in 2020 and includes a new entrance atrium, student gathering, and multiple collaboration spaces.