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Work Begins on New Entrance at Donnan Administration Building

Posted on: June 30, 2023
By Billy Cannada,

Tigerville, SC–Groundwork is being laid for a new entrance at North Greenville University’s (NGU) historic administration building.

Hood Construction crews poured footings and completed preparation work for the entryway in June, also installing an upgraded main waterline and adding more interior framing.

The $9.7 million Donnan/COBE Project is a complete transformation of the administration building, which first opened in 1955 and is situated at the highest point on North Greenville’s Tigerville Campus.

“The Donnan/COBE project is progressing nicely due to the excellent work of Hood Construction (GC), Equip Studio (architect), and JLL (project manager),” said NGU Executive Vice President Rich Grimm. “In addition, a substantial number of individuals from NGU continue to invest many hours in the effort, for which we are grateful.”

When complete, the structure will provide five contemporary classrooms; student collaboration spaces; a new office suite for senior administrators; and faculty offices for the College of Business and Entrepreneurship, which enrolled nearly 500 students in the 2022-23 academic year.

Exterior renovations will add 4,700-square-feet of glass to the building’s exterior. With the addition of 2,600-square-feet of interior glass, the renovated structure will offer more natural light and views of Glassy Mountain in the distance.

“If all continues on schedule, the building should be reopened late fall and be fully online by the start of the 2024 spring semester,” Grimm said. “We thank God for his provision and blessing and look forward to serving the next generation of leaders in the building in the years to come.”

A full timeline of The Donnan/COBE Project can be viewed at the Donnan timeline.

The Donnan/COBE capital campaign began in 2022. To learn more, visit our campaign page.  

“We are very thankful for the donors who have stepped up to help us with the Donnan/COBE Project,” said Dr. John Duncan, dean of NGU’s College of Business and Entrepreneurship. “We could not do what we’re trying to do without these gifts.” 

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