Clemson University Completes Trailblazing Women’s Sports Program Expansion Project

Project designers from Garvin Design Group and HNTB joined Clemson athletes, coaches, and administrators for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony in January 2024.

Clemson University recently completed its much-anticipated lakefront Women’s Sports Program Expansion project, a complex of world-class facilities for the newly formed women’s gymnastics and lacrosse teams, as well as a first-of-its-kind Athlete Recovery Center (ARC). Columbia-based architecture and interior design firm Garvin Design Group teamed with national sports architects HNTB to lead the design of this landmark project. The design team joined Clemson University officials, coaches, student-athletes, and construction manager Brasfield & Gorrie of Greenville, SC, for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the project’s completion.

The Expansion project includes a 24,000-sf gymnastics operations facility, a 9,000-sf lacrosse operations facility, and a lacrosse stadium with seating for 1,000 spectators. In addition, a new 10,000-sf Elite Athlete Recovery Center (ARC) provides amenities to all Clemson athletes. The project’s architectural and interior design support holistic athlete development and set a new standard for excellence in the student-athlete experience.

“The design of the Athlete Recovery Center not only prioritizes functionality but also provides all Clemson athletes with stunning views of Lake Hartwell,” said Eric Maxwell, HNTB Design Principal. “By carefully arranging these spaces to frame expansive vistas beyond the public beach access, the design team has created an environment that seamlessly blends innovation with the natural beauty of the surroundings – a testament to our dedication to elevating the athlete experience, fostering both physical and mental well-being in a uniquely inspiring setting.”

Hosted inside the ARC against the backdrop of the new lacrosse stadium and Lake Hartwell, the ribbon-cutting ceremony featured speeches from members of the lacrosse and gymnastics teams, coaching staff, Athletics Director Graham Neff, and President Jim Clements. Program attendees repeatedly remarked that the new facilities reflect Clemson Athletics’ philosophy “best is the standard.”

“From the orientation of the buildings to the finest interior details, the quality of design and construction is a testament to Clemson Athletics’ commitment to athletics, especially women’s sports,” said Liza Brockman, Garvin Design Group Interior Designer. “Designing for these two historic women’s sports programs has been so meaningful for me, as a designer and as a Clemson alum.”

About Garvin Design Group: Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Garvin Design Group (GDG) offers comprehensive planning and design services for various project types and sizes. From master planning and programming to interior up-fits and new construction, GDG strives to provide client-driven design solutions throughout South Carolina. The firm of 20 people has completed more than $1 billion worth of projects since its founding in 2003. GDG’s contributions to the community and the profession earned it the American Institute of Architects – South Carolina’s (AIA SC) 2019 Firm Award, the Columbia Chamber’s 2020 Small Business of the Year Award, and recognition as a Top 3 Best in Business Award from SC Business Monthly since 2021. For more information, visit www.garvindesigngroup.com.

About HNTB: HNTB Corporation (HNTB) is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and construction contractors. With 109 years of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial, and operational challenges. Professionals deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, and program and construction management. For more information, visit www.hntb.com or follow HNTB on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.


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