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President Harris Pastides does the ceremonial ribbon cutting. From left are Ning Yuan, Kirsten Kennedy, Rohail Rashid Kazi, Davis Baird and Mark Timbes.
President Harris Pastides does the ceremonial ribbon cutting. With him, from left, are Ning Yuan, chairman and president of China Construction America; Dr. Kirsten Kennedy, director of University Housing; Rohail Rashid Kazi, Honors Residence hall government president; Dr. Davis Baird, dean of the South Carolina Honors College; and Mark Timbes, principal project manager of Garvin Design Group.

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“This truly is a live-learn-work-play building,” he said. “It is breaking down the barriers between classroom and social engagement.”

Pastides recognized Ning Yuan, chairman and president of China Construction America, and Garvin Design Group’s Scott Garvin, principal in charge, and Mark Timbes, principal project manager, for their work and leadership in the green design and construction of the Honors Residence.

He highlighted the building’s green features, ranging from energy savings and water consumption to the recycling of the bluestone and veil block from the “Towers” residence halls that were razed in order to build the Honors Residence.

He also said the university is seeking Gold-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the building.

“This is the first building to be built at Gold LEED certification criteria,” Pastides said. “The university made a commitment that every building will be built to LEED standards. It’s not easy, and it’s not inexpensive. But it is better for the inhabitants.”

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The Honors Residence

  • What for: To house more than 500 South Carolina Honors College students
  • What color: Green. Very, very green. Eco-conscious features include recycled materials from the "Towers" and ramped-up energy and water conservation capabilities.
  • What else: Amenities galore, including dining areas, a Starbucks cafe, numerous spaces to gather for studying or visiting, multiple "smart" classrooms and a bicycle room with shower.

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