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About this Project

The Core Campus Project is a major new addition to Clemson University’s campus life.

This 260,000 square foot mixed-use facility includes student housing, retail and residential dining, and a new home for the Calhoun Honors College. University Housing & Dining is proud to be in full partnership with our Honors College colleagues in expanding our long term, highly successful Living-Learning Community from its current Holmes Hall space and expanding its scope to become Clemson’s first Residential College.

400 Honors students will live on-site in Suite-style rooms, while all Clemson Honors students will enjoy new public community spaces that include central lounge space, study rooms, a library space, a Grand Hall and two classroom spaces. The Faculty-in-Residence helps plan and implement educational, recreational, social and cultural programs while serving as a role model, mentor, adviser, teacher, and leader in the residential community. New Administrative space in the facility will house all Honors office staff, including providing a new home for the National Scholars and Major Fellows Programs.

300 student beds on the South-end of the property will house first year students in traditional rooms with a new-to-Clemson bathroom style called a “wet core”. Three locations on each floor hold a cluster of 3-4 bathroom modules that include a toilet, sink and shower behind a single closed door offering privacy within community.

At the front of the property a new pedestrian “main street” will connect Fort Hill Street with the Quad archway entrance at Norris Hall. Outdoor dining space combines with indoor options to create a multitude of options for the Clemson community to connect.

Design Features

260,000-square-foot mixed use facility which includes student housing, dining center and meeting spaces for faculty, staff and students.


  • The residential portion of the project will be divided into three residential communities.
    • North Residence Hall-Building D
    • Middle Residence Hall-Building C
    • South Residence Hall-Building A
  • There will be approximately 688 beds throughout the communities.
    • Approximately one-third will be standard two-student rooms with multiple single-use bathrooms (wet core) centrally located on each floor
    • Approximately two-thirds will be suite style rooms with semi-private bathrooms and these rooms will be located in buildings C and D, which will be home to Calhoun Honors Residential College.


  • 78,000 square feet of dining facilities which will include a 900 seat dining hall and a 300 seat dining center for dining flexibility. This project replaces a 1,000 seat, 61-year-old dining hall, Harcombe Dining Hall, which is currently the University’s main dining facility.
  • The Dining Center will be located in Building B and will be comprised of multiple retail and residential dining facilities as well as a convenience store.
  • We will proudly serve the following national brands.
    • Raising Cane’s
    • Starbucks
    • Twisted Taco
    • Which Wich

Project Profile

Construction Start: July 2014

Construction Complete: Summer 2016 (projected)

Housing Completion: August 2016

Dining Completion: September 2016

Occupancy: August 2016

Approved Project Cost: $96,000,000

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