Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research marked a milestone Tuesday when officials broke ground for the sixth and final building of phase one.
The 82,000-square-foot office building, scheduled to open late next year, will be ICAR’s sixth building.
Its construction will mark the completion of Technology Neighborhood I, phase one of the research park, after about a decade of construction.
ICAR’s master plan shows four more “technology neighborhoods” on more than 100 acres of land left to develop, but so far there’s no details about what the campus will look like going forward.
Fred Cartwright, ICAR’s executive director, said a lot depends on the research needs of industry.
“We may focus on materials, and we may focus on more intelligent vehicles or connected vehicles,” Cartwright told The Greenville News following a groundbreaking ceremony.
Clemson President James Clements said after the ceremony that he had just met with Greenville Mayor Knox White to discuss the possibility of more collaboration between the university and the city.
“We love what we have here,” Clements said. “We’re always looking for opportunities to do more.”
Suzanne Dickerson, ICAR’s director of international business development, said about half of the space in the planned four-story building is spoken for.
Clemson will take 26,000 square feet for its 216-student automotive engineering program, she said, and private companies that sell services to the auto industry such as engineering have provided “confidential, non-binding letters of intent” for another 15,000 square feet.