The University of South Carolina has selected Gilbane to lead the planning, design,
development and construction of the university’s 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 its
Tuesday (Dec. 13) meeting.
“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,
Gilbane, which has a local office on Devine Street in Columbia and is headquartered
in Providence, Rhode Island, will serve as the primary developer. The company has
vast experience in health care, health sciences and higher education-affiliated projects,
including hospitals, university medical schools and more. Gilbane Building Company
has successfully collaborated with USC for over 17 years, with seven projects delivered
on campus since 2005, and was ranked as the nation’s No. 1 education facilities builder
by Engineering News-Record in 2021.
“Gilbane understands the meaningful impact this project will have within the local
community and throughout the state,” said John Keegan, vice president of 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.”
The university’s health sciences campus is expected to have a transformational impact
on health science research and health care delivery in the state of South Carolina.
The campus will provide state-of-the-art space for clinical education and bring together
eminent 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.
Long-term plans for the campus include a brain center that will build on the university’s
McCausland Center for Brain Imaging and offer South Carolinians more options for the
treatment of Alzheimer’s, dementia and other brain-related conditions.
Overall, the health sciences campus represents a $300 million investment.
“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. “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.”
Other key contractors include lead design architect The SLAM Collaborative (Atlanta,
Georgia, and Glastonbury, Connecticut), construction manager Cummings (Columbia, South
Carolina), operations manager Honeywell (Wabash, Indiana), construction manager and
minority business Brownstone Construction Group (Columbia, South Carolina), and development
consultant and minority- and women-owned business Restoration 52 (Greenville, South
The university is committed to including minority and women-owned businesses in its
contracts; its goal for subcontracting participation is 30 percent for design and
Along with Gilbane’s breadth of experience in health science and medical school developments,
the SLAM Collaborative brings a history that includes the UNC School of Medicine’s
Medical Education Building, Duke University’s School of Medicine Medical Education
Building, Emory’s Health Science District Redevelopment / Rollins School of Public
Health and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
The university’s health sciences campus will help drive development in the BullStreet
District and beyond. The 181-acre campus is the largest city-center development east
of the Mississippi River. It is already home to Segra Park and the Columbia Fireflies
minor league baseball team; residential developments TownPark and The Babcock; outdoors
retailer REI; law firms Ogletree Deakins and Robinson Gray; web developer truematter;
“We are excited to welcome the USC health sciences campus in the BullStreet District,”
said Robert Hughes, president of Hughes Development Corporation, the master developer
of the BullStreet District. “All of the students, faculty, and staff will be a great
addition to the vibrancy of the district. The training and research conducted here
will extend throughout the community and state to produce a better quality of life
for our people through better health care. We are honored to be a part of it.”