One Research Drive, newest building at CU-ICAR, officially opens
GREENVILLE – One Research Drive, the sixth building in Technology Neighborhood I at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) campus, officially opened with a ribbon-cutting Tuesday.
The four-story, 83,500-square-foot building was designed to accommodate the growing footprint of companies and professional jobs in the Upstate. It features research and development space, high-bay labs and flexible office spaces designed to support innovators and entrepreneurs in the automotive industry and provides much-needed classroom and lab space for Clemson’s growing engineering programs.
Tenants in the new building include JTEKT North America Corp., a leader in automotive and industrial product solutions that chose the building for its North American headquarters; Clemson Computing & Information Technology; and the Risk Engineering and Systems Analytics Center of the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.
The $14 million project received $2 million from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). Philip Paradice, regional director of the Economic Development Administration, was among the speakers at the event along with Fred Cartwright, executive director of CU-ICAR, and Mike Davidson, chief operating officer of JTEKT North America Corp.
“It’s an exciting example of what can be done when there is an academia and private sector and public sector partnership that come together for growth and prosperity within this region,” Paradice said.
“This building represents another significant milestone in the development of CU-ICAR,” Cartwright said. “It really epitomizes everything that CU-ICAR is and everything this campus has to offer as a location or collaborative environment for industry and academia. It is also very symbolic of the continued growth in the economy here in the Upstate of South Carolina.”
One Research Drive was built to meet LEED Silver environmental and energy-saving standards.