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University of South Carolina New Law School

Gilbane provides construction management services for the new-state-of-the-art Law School to aid the recruitment of top-tier students and faculty.

Inspired by Tradition and Designed to Enhance Collaboration

Located in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, adjacent to the State House the new Law School will accommodate 660 students and features technology-rich instructional spaces, a 300-seat ceremonial courtroom, law library, faculty areas, legal clinics, administrative areas, and student journals and organization spaces. The stately limestone façade will feature classical elements that were inspired by South Carolina native Robert Mills, architect of numerous historic buildings and landmarks.

Signature spaces inside the New Law School consist of a law library that features a reading room overlooking the courtyard that respects the setting of two historic houses on the site that will provide future expansion space for the university as adaptive reuse space.

Stressing many LEED initiatives, the building features dynamic horizontal and vertical metal sunshades installed to block direct sunlight that will naturally keep the building cool. This project in targeting LEED Gold certification.

Architects include SmithGroup JRR and Boudreaux Group.

Client Value

Effective budget control has been critical to the overall success of the USC New School of Law, and controlling the budget starts and ends with a strong line of open communication and open-book accounting and estimating.