Greenville ONE partners give space valued at $9M to Clemson University
CLEMSON — Clemson University’s presence in downtown Greenville soon will have a new home in the ONE Building, thanks to a gift of office, classroom and storefront space valued at more than $9 million from the partners of Greenville ONE: Hughes Development Corporation and GAB Properties LLC.
“All of the Upstate has been energized by Clemson’s goal to become a top 20 university. Part of that quest would include a top business school,” said Robert Hughes, president of Hughes Development Corporation. “Having the chance to locate such a school in downtown Greenville will benefit Clemson and Greenville tremendously, but it will also benefit the students and faculty and, we hope, help Clemson reach its goal — to the benefit of everyone in South Carolina.”
The partners’ total gift-in-kind includes 70,000 square feet: floors five, six, seven and eight and prime ground-floor space to welcome Greenville residents and visitors to “The Clemson Experience.”
The university’s College of Business and Behavioral Science will occupy four floors of the new building. The space will house graduate programs, including the MBA program, which is the college’s largest graduate program with more than 300 students. Other programs there will be master’s programs in management, marketing, accountancy and finance and the Master of Real Estate Development program.
“Downtown Greenville has become such an important center of business and economic development in South Carolina, and this beautiful new building is the perfect illustration of that,” said Clemson University President James F. Barker. “It only makes sense that Clemson would want to have our graduate programs in business located here. This is where the action is. I want to say ‘thank you’ to the Hughes Development Corporation and GAB Properties for giving us this great space for teaching and research.”
ONE also will be home to three centers and institutes: the Clemson Center for Corporate Learning, the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the Greenville Branch of the Small Business Development Center. The building will become a hub for Clemson’s business education and entrepreneurism programs.
“Moving to ONE will allow us to continue on our mission of delivering the highest-quality business education in the Upstate,” said Greg Pickett, associate dean of the College of Business and Behavioral Science who is leading Clemson’s downtown initiatives. “The location and layout of the building are inviting in and of themselves, but it’s the technology and cutting-edge classroom spaces that will have the biggest impact for our students. I think ONE is going to be a place students will love to be and will provide them with all the amenities they desire.”
This gift-in-kind is part of Clemson University’s $1 billion The Will to Lead capital campaign to support faculty and students with scholarships, professorships, facilities and technology.