Our team is excited to see the opening of the Clemson University Nursing building last month. The facility adjoins the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine Greenville, on the Greenville Health System (GHS) Memorial Campus.

GHS and Clemson joined forces for this new building, which is addressing the nursing shortage by expanding the School of Nursing’s baccalaureate program. The freshman enrollment for this program has already increased and is expected to reach a maximum capacity by 2021 (read more from Clemson here).

Working with Brasfield & Gorrie and Batson & Associates, Fuller Group designed the superstructure as a concrete moment frame system with a one-way wide module (skip) joist concrete floor system. The facility design included several structural challenges to resolve. An auditorium on the ground level required the floor slab above to be supported with post-tensioned clear span girders. The connecting link between the Nursing School and the nearby USC School of Medicine was designed to support two stories of classrooms and collaborative space over an existing access road. Finally, due to the presence of fill on the site, Fuller Group designed the building to be supported on deep foundations using auger-cast piles drilled 40’ below ground.

We are celebrating the entire design team’s efforts in this project and we were thrilled to be a part of it.