The University of South Carolina alumni association unveiled the design for its new $26.4 million alumni center in the Vista this week.
Work on the 65,000-square-foot building at the corner of Senate and Lincoln Streets should begin by year’s end, alumni association executive director Jack Claypool said. The center is scheduled to open in May 2015.
The center will include 13 meeting rooms and a 10,000-square-foot ballroom that can fit up to 1,000 people. The association is using private donations to pay for the project, Claypool said. The building design is influenced by architecture seen in buildings on the school’s Horseshoe, or quad, and in the surrounding Vista.
The facilities will be available to rent through the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, which is across Lincoln Street from the alumni center. A tunnel will be built under the street, connecting the buildings.
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The new center will give the USC association a permanent home for the first time to serve the school’s 260,000 alumni.