USC Upstate News

Linbeck Selected As Construction Manager At-Risk For The Johnson College of Business and Economics

12- 03- 2008

Spartanburg, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Upstate, under the umbrella of the CPF Properties II, LLC (who will own and develop the building), announced that Linbeck has been selected as the Construction Manager At-Risk and is now under contract for the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics that is being built on E. St. John Street.

Linbeck has been in business for 70 years and is a privately held nationwide facility solutions company offering a variety of services including program management, project management, and construction management services. With headquarters in Houston, Linbeck employs almost 400 people in offices in Dallas/Fort Worth, California, Massachusetts, and South Carolina.

The University held a groundbreaking ceremony on November 6 for the $30 million Johnson College of Business and Economics. The three-story, 60,000-square-foot building will be located adjacent to the Chapman Cultural Center.  Clerestory Projects Group, Inc. has been selected as the project manager. David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc. is the design architect and McMillan Smith & Partners Architects will serve as the production architect. With David Schwarz and Linbeck working on the same team that designed and built the Chapman Cultural Center, the two facilities will complement each other. The University anticipates that construction will be completed in May 2010.

Beginning on December 3 a traffic diversion at the construction site will take place, mainly affecting the west-bound lanes of East Saint John Street, allowing for the construction process to begin. The right lane of E. St. John Street approximately mid-way in front of Barnet Park will be the first closure. A second lane will be closed directly after the intersection of E. Saint John and Converse Street at the corner of the Chapman Cultural Center.  A single West-bound traffic lane will be moved to what was previously the center turning lane. This single West-bound lane will continue past the work site, where it will then revert back to two normal west bound lanes.

This phase of the traffic control is expected to last just over two months. While these measures are in place no left-hand turns will be possible from West bound E. Saint John Street to Liberty Street or Woodrow Street. Nor will any left-hand turns be possible from the East-bound lanes of E. Saint John Street to Liberty Street. Vehicles going north on Woodrow or Liberty Streets will also only be able to turn right onto E. St. John Street during this phase.

The second phase of traffic diversion (immediately following the first phase noted above) will see the reopening of the center turn lane, however, the right lane of West-bound E. St. John Street will remain closed for the duration of the project, which is estimated at May 2010.