Clemson to re-examine design for Charleston-based architecture center

Clemson to re-examine design for Charleston-based architecture center

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It is back to the drawing board for Clemson University's proposed downtown Charleston architecture center design plans.

The university announced Wednesday is has withdrawn its application for the City of Charleston's Board of Architectural Review(BAR) approval of the design for the Spaulding Paolozzi Center. The building will house Clemson's Charleston-based architecture and historic preservation programs.

Despite receiving its first two approvals, the center has been under intense scrutiny from the community, which claimed its modern design would be an eyesore for the historic district.

The initial design called for a three-story structure of cement, metal and glass, covered with an aluminum grill that appeared to be stretched open on either side. The building would replace a one-story brick building at the corner of Meeting and George Streets.

"We followed the BAR process, but in the interest of finding a solution acceptable to all parties we have decided to withdraw our application," said Rick Goodstein, Dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities.

Clemson's decision to withdraw its application for approval will end pending litigation against the school, brought forward by community groups that disapproved of the project.

"Our historic preservation and nationally-ranked architecture programs have had a significant, positive impact on the Charleston area's workforce, economic development and quality of life for decades – as we've promised from the beginning of this process – we are committed to being a good neighbor in Charleston for decades to come," Goodstein said.

South Carolina District 110 Representative Chip Limehouse, who was in opposition of the initial design, says he is happy with Clemson's Board of Trustees' decision to take another look at their plans.

"Very pleased at the actions Clemson university has taken regarding the architecture center in downtown Charleston. They have heard the concerns of the people and they are going to change their plans accordingly," said Limehouse.

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