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Clemson receives donation from architect alumni for building renovation

on Monday,May 24,2010 22:05

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Five partners in a Greenville, South Carolina architecture firm have donated $100,000 towards the expansion, renovation and restoration of Lee Hall, home to Clemson University’s design, build and visual arts programs.

The donors are Ed Zeigler, David Dixon, Scott Powell, David Moore and Scott Simmons - partners at Craig Gaulden Davis. Clemson announced it will name the completed renovation the Craig Gaulden Davis Review Alcove in Lee Hall.

Lee Hall is the academic center of graduate and undergraduate programs in architecture; art; city and regional planning, construction science and management, landscape architecture and real estate development. The construction project includes a new addition and renovations to the older facilities.

Craig Gaulden Davis has a long connection to the university. The firm was founded late 1950s by 1951 Clemson alums Kirk Craig and Earle Gaulden. Four of the five partner donors also graduated from Clemson.

The expansion portion of the Lee Hall project is a 55,000-square-foot building which will be a building using very little energy. The design calls for a simple interior that takes advantage of natural light. Renovation is scheduled to begin this summer. New construction is scheduled to start in September with the first classes taking place in spring 2012.

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