Columbia, SC (WLTX) - If you drive down Columbia's Assembly Street, chances are you've seen the metal and concrete rising from the site that will soon house USC's Moore School of Business.
News19 got a look inside the construction site - and at what it will look like when it's all done.
"We know that this building needs to have staying power and needs to be appropriate for satisfying our needs well into the future," explains Moore School of Business Dean Hildy Teegen.
It's been two years in the making so far, and will take another year to complete. But when it's done, it will be well worth the wait according to Teegen. "It's going to look very forward leaning in terms of its architectural style, very forward leaning, but also very permeable, very light and welcoming," she says.
Adds Project Manager Lekita Hargrave, "This project is a $106 million project. It's the largest project we've ever done on campus, so we're really excited about that." It's a construction site that will soon house a visitor's center, digital library. stock trading room complete with ticker boards and a open-air pavilion - all with an environmental lean. Says Hargrave, "Sustainability is one of the key elements on this project." The plans for the building were made so that it can earn a Net-Zero energy rating once it's finished, meaning that it will generate just a much energy as it consumes.
It will also bring all of the school faculty under one roof for the first time and have a musical component as well. Explains Teegen, "We have a 500 seat auditorium that we'll be using for lectures and small conferences during the daytime and in the evening our partnership with the music school will convert that hall for cultural performance."
Construction is on-schedule and on-budget. You can see the four corners in place, with opening is scheduled for December 2013. Says Hargrave, "In the next couple months you'll see more structure, as well as concrete slabs on that structure." Adds Teegen"We're excited about now seeing all of that planning work emerging out of the ground now in 3-D."