South Carolina university to build $30M library complex
South Carolina – Coastal Carolina University (CCU) recently received authorization from the state to build a $29.8 million Library Learning Complex next to the existing Kimbel Library, which will undergo $10 million in renovations.
Tentative completion date for the Library Learning Complex is fall 2023, and Kimbel renovations are slated for completion in late 2024.
The two-story, 64,000-square-foot Library Learning Complex will integrate student spaces and services with immersive technologies. The first floor will feature a large makerspace, a virtual reality lab, data visualization, and individual studios for video/audio production. It will feature a large, open study area for collaboration and socialization and space for library services such as instruction and research assistance. The second floor will house areas such as academic tutoring and student computing services. Additional group study rooms will be located throughout the building.
Kimbel Library renovation plans, which are under development, involve an interior redesign and reconfiguration to include designated space for archives and special collections, overflow group-study space, multifunction instruction area, reading and conference rooms, restroom upgrades, and new paint, carpet, and lighting. The plans include a new HVAC system, suspended ceiling and associated lighting, and electrical upgrades to accommodate the new building’s new features.
The two projects are being funded by the State Capital Reserve Fund, Horry County penny sales tax for education, and a private donation.