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Donnan Renovations in Home Stretch on NGU’s Tigerville Campus

Posted on: October 16, 2023
By Billy Cannada,

Tigerville, SC (Oct. 16, 2023) Construction continues at North Greenville University’s (NGU) historic administration building, as The Donnan/COBE Project nears completion on the Tigerville campus.   

“We’re very excited about the progress,” said NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. “We’re in the last stages of The Donnan/COBE Project, and we’re hoping to wrap up construction within the next two months. It’s been a massive overhaul, and it’s exciting to see it all taking shape.”  

The administration building is now sporting its new look, as crews completed work on the main entrance in September.   

Additional exterior work included the installation of HVAC units and construction of the building’s second floor balconies. Inside, crews installed drywall, bathroom tiles, lights and HVAC venting, and a drop ceiling.   

“This building is designed to elicit ‘wows,’ and it’s going to be a point of pride,” President Fant said. “That’s what it was when it was built. It’s a link to the past. We’re connecting the great heritage that we have with a high-tech interactive space that will allow folks to see what we have to offer.”  

With large, open interior spaces, the Donnan Administration Building will allow for student and faculty gathering and collaboration spaces.  

“This entire redesign has been structured around students,” President Fant said. “They’ll have spaces to hang out and collaborate, but they’ll also be able to meet with faculty members and mentors. This resource will connect ethical, hard-working students who will go on to become leaders in their fields.”  

President Fant said the project offers both a roadmap to the future, and a connection to NGU’s past.  

“The number one thing I hear from people who visit is how beautiful our campus is,” he said. “This building was not a beautiful building, but it used to be. It’s been incredible to restore the building’s ‘wow’ factor with lots of glass, lots of steel, and lots of vistas. We look at the past and we celebrate what is good, but we build on the great things. North Greenville has a tremendous history and this building offers a glimpse of that history, while pointing to the future.”  

The Donnan/COBE Project was designed by Greenville’s Equip Studio and is managed by Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL). Hood Construction is providing general contractor services.   

The Donnan/COBE capital campaign began in 2022. To learn more about the campaign, visit     

A video providing a glimpse of the progress of the project is now available, and a photo timeline will be updated throughout The Donnan/COBE Project at  

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