After more than three decades at the bottom of the Carolina Coliseum, the University of South Carolina’s journalism school will see daylight near the Horseshoe in a little more than a year.
USC celebrated the start of a $25 million renovation project Monday that will turn the 52-year-old former Health Sciences building, at Greene and Sumter streets, into the new home for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
The new location will have nearly double the space for the school’s 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students studying journalism, advertising, public relations, visual communications and mass communications.
The site on USC’s central campus gets the communications school, which dates back to 1923, out of what Dean Charles Bierbauer called an “inflexible blockhouse.”
Classes are scheduled to start at the new location in the fall of 2015.
USC will build a broadcast studio at the site of a greenhouse adjacent to the school’s main building after receiving a $1.5 million pledge from an anonymous donor.
The School of Library and Information Science — like the journalism school, part of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies — will remain in Davis College, near the Horseshoe.
Once the journalism school leaves, only the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sports Management will remain at the coliseum, the former home for Gamecocks basketball games.
The hospitality college is earmarked to take over the building that now houses USC’s law school on Main Street in 2019. The law school is moving into a new building in 2016.
USC has tentative plans to renovate the coliseum as part of its expansion westward across Assembly Street. The renovated coliseum could include classrooms and labs, a one-stop shop of student services, an adjunct student union and a practice facility for the Gamecock basketball teams.