Core Campus Starts Construction on University of South Carolina Redevelopment Project

by Katie Sloan

Columbia, S.C. — Iconic office building will welcome 851 residents for fall 2014.

Core Campus is converting the Palmetto Center, a vacant office high-rise in Columbia, S.C., to student housing.Columbia, S.C. — Core Campus will begin construction on a project in early February that will redevelop The Palmetto Center, a vacant office building, into a student housing community serving the University of South Carolina. The 21-story building on 1426 Main Street will be converted into the Hub at Columbia, which will offer 258 units with 851 beds when it opens in fall 2014. All units will be fully furnished, and a roommate matching service will be available. Each floor of the housing community will have a study room where students can gather, and community assistants will also be available to residents.

Chicago-based Core Campus acquired the Palmetto Center on Dec. 28, 2012, from Main Street Associates. The building had been vacant since 2009, when the former tenant, SCANA, relocated.

“The building is really iconic within the city of Columbia, and its prime location and excellent framework for renovation were all motivating factors in our decision to pursue its acquisition,” says Benjamin Modleski, COO of Core Campus.

Antunovich Associates of Chicago will act as the project architect. Core Campus also currently has projects under construction for occupancy in 2013 at Arizona State University in Tempe and the University of Mississippi in Oxford. In addition to the Hub At Columbia, Core Campus is working on a development at the University of Arizona in Tucson for fall of 2014.

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