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First photos surface of USC's new Law School


As the University of South Carolina prepares to move the School of Law from its Main Street location to a new, as-yet-to-be-constructed building at the corner of Bull and Gervais streets, conceptual designs of the new building have surfaced.

Drawing inspiration from buildings across the USC campus, the city of Columbia, and even the US Patent Office in Washington, DC, the three-story complex will include 17 instructional rooms, the school's library, multiple faculty rooms, and a book store.

"The design character of the proposed building has a strong civic and urban presence on Gervais Street and in kinship with other nearby monumental legal buildings, the State House and the Supreme Court," said a document filed with the city of Columbia's design/development review commission.

The site of the new School of Law will be where the Workshop Theater and an adjacent parking lot currently sit.

The 187,500 square-foot building has an expected open date of 2016.

Fred Delk of the Columbia Development Corporation says the university continues to do big things for downtown.

"The university is changing everything in downtown Columbia," said Delk. "The new law school is a game changer, certainly the new Darla Moore school -- nearly $100 million is a game changer. Two full blocks of student housing proposed behind the new Darla Moore school will be a game changer. All of them are setting a new scale and size and density for downtown Columbia."

"It will be a recruiting tool for the university and for the city of Columbia," said Delk. "All of these buildings, the fact is we'll have people coming to Columbia to see them and to tour them."

The cost of the project has been estimated at $80 million. Most of that money has been raised by the university for over a decade and a half.

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