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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A very modern building could go up in the heart of historic Charleston.

Clemson University is trying to redefine architecture here with their proposed architecture center.

They're looking at the corner of Meeting and George Street for the new building.

The futuristic look is getting mixed reviews. Several people weighed in on the design of the building.

When asked how they would feel going to class in the building, a couple of College of Charleston students said, "Awesome, I would love it. It's cool."

The architect says the outside will be made up of metal screens, concrete and a finish similar to stucco.

The one story building currently on the corner of Meeting and George Street could be replaced by the 15 million dollar, 3 story center.

Ansonborough resident, Casey Murphey said, "I do like parts of the design. I don't think everything has to be historic to be in Ansonborough. I do feel that maybe it's a little to boxy in the front, just a personal opinion. It almost looks 60's and I would rather see something even more advanced but still tie into the historic part of the city."

The College of Charleston students said, "It's a really nice building, it's interesting. It might be a little contradictory with all the brick buildings around. It might take away from the historical downtown."

The Board of Architectural Review is known for its efforts to preserve the historic look of Charleston.

Will they give it the ok? Well, not enough members were present for a vote Wednesday evening, so the decision is postponed.

Right now the current building is being used by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation by both Clemson University and the College of Charleston. If the new design is approved, students from both schools will take classes there.

Brad Cloephil, principal and lead designer of Allied Works Architecture stands by the design but a Clemson alum can't bring himself to like it.

Cloephil said, "A city can't stop. Cities are alive things and history has to made, when history stops being made cities die."

Miles Smith, Clemson alum and downtown resident said, "I don't look at it like that. I look at it as downtown Charleston is special and I think the building that goes there needs to be special in agreeing with the way downtown Charleston looks."

The building is expected to be done and ready for students by January of 2016.

If there's a delay in design approval the opening date could be pushed back.

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