The University of South Carolina held a groundbreaking Friday morning for the new location of its law school.
The new home is located on the site of a former theatre. Crews have spent the past week tearing down structures on the former Workshop Theatre site to make room. The new site is roughly a mile northeast of the school’s current location, on the edge of campus at the corner of Bull and Gervais streets in downtown Columbia.
School leaders hope to finish work by 2017 — the 150th anniversary of the School of Law.
“Our new state of the art structure will anchor a new legal corridor in South Carolina and project a modern, sophisticated image which matches our great expectations,” USC President Harris Pastides said.
Schoool renderings plan for an $80 million, 187,000 square-foot building that incorporate a historic carriage house in its design.
“From its classical exterior to its flexible interior, we’ve been so mindful of every aspect of the design of this building, ensuring it will continue to shape legal education and serve our state for generations to come,” law school dean Robert Wilcox said.
The current law school building was built in 1971. School officials have previously said the building is “no longer able to facilitate current academic needs,” saying it is too small and ineffective for modern classroom technology.