Student center

SC State University to begin student center renovations

Renovations will begin in the spring of 2023 and are expected to be completed by January 2024.

ORANGEBURG, SC — South Carolina State University has secured $20 million in state funding to expand its 68-year-old student center.

“The need for and renovation of our current student center expansion is a huge win for our students,” said university president Alex Conyers.

President Conyers says an additional $4.4 million will go towards renovations. As it stands, says facilities management, many aspects of the building, such as its floors and doors, remain outdated.

“The building behind us has big bones, a big building. It has served this campus well for 68 years, so we wanted to go there and give it the renovations it needs to continue serving students,” said Associate Vice President of Facilities Ken Davis.

The Kirkland W. Green Student Life Center expansion will add a two-story, 30,000 square foot structure that will leave space for more study areas and new technology. It will also include a new cafeteria.

Among the facility’s restorations are its historic barbershop and bowling alley, which were built on campus after the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre for blacks in the community.

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“Bowling was a very popular sport in those days, so the university built a bowling center on campus,” Conyers said.

The Green Center’s administrative offices will be relocated to nearby Miller Hall, a former residence hall that will also be renovated.

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“This new student center, this renovation of the current student center, will maximize the student experience on the South Carolina State campus,” Conyers said.

Renovations will begin in the spring of 2023 and are expected to be completed by January 2024.