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Gilbane Selected to Lead Planning, Design, Development, Construction, and Operations of USC's Health Sciences Campus

COLUMBIA, SC — Gilbane has been selected by the University of South Carolina (USC) to lead the planning, design, development, construction, and operations of the university’s new Health Sciences Campus in the BullStreet District in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. The initial engagement with Gilbane was presented to the Board of Trustees at a recent meeting.

“Gilbane understands the meaningful impact this project will have within the local community and throughout the state,” said John Keegan, Vice President, Gilbane Development Company. “Embracing a spirit of partnership and collaboration, we look forward to helping realize the vision for the health sciences campus within the BullStreet District, achieving exceptional outcomes for USC and the greater Columbia community.”

“Gilbane Building Company has been proud to work with the University of South Carolina for more than 17 years,” said Brian Steed, South Carolina Business Leader, Gilbane Building Company. “We look forward to partnering with USC and its project stakeholders to deliver this visionary health sciences campus.”

“Gilbane has assembled a world-class design and construction team that will provide innovation and expertise to develop a health sciences campus to serve USC and the state of South Carolina for many generations into the future,” said Derek Gruner, USC's University Architect. Gilbane, which has a local office in Columbia, will serve as the developer and design-builder. The company has experience in health care, health sciences, and higher education-affiliated projects, including hospitals, university medical schools, student housing, academic facilities, campus infrastructure, and more. Gilbane Building Company has successfully collaborated with USC for over 17 years, with seven projects delivered on campus since 2005.

The university’s health sciences campus is expected to have an impact on health science research and health care delivery in the state of South Carolina. The campus will provide space for clinical education and bring together researchers to help meet South Carolina’s health challenges. The initial stage of the health sciences campus will include a medical education building to house the School of Medicine Columbia and a multidisciplinary research building. Together, the two buildings will provide an estimated 292,000 gross square feet. Current plans call for construction to begin in 2025 and to be completed in 2027.

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“By expanding our capacity to educate physicians and other health care professionals, we will increase our impact on the health and well-being of the Palmetto State’s citizens,” said Julius Fridriksson, Vice President for Research at USC. “The new health sciences campus will also provide a cutting-edge setting where our faculty can unleash their drive for innovation in the health sector, discovering new lifesaving and health-promoting technologies through increased research and development.”

In addition to Gilbane Development Company and Gilbane Building Company, other key project team members include lead designer, BOUDREAUX, collaborating with The S/L/A/M Collaborative, construction manager Cummings, operations & maintenance provider Honeywell, construction manager and minority business Brownstone Construction Group, and development consultant and minority- and women-owned business Restoration 52. The university is committed to including minority- and women-owned businesses in its contracts. Its goal for subcontracting participation on this project is 30 percent for design and construction entities.

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