CCU to renovate oldest building on campus

vgrooms@thesunnews.comDecember 20, 2013 

Coastal Carolina University’s Singleton building, the oldest structure on campus, has a facelift in its future, now that CCU’s board of trustees has said yes to a renovation.

The board approved the renovation plan at its Dec. 13 meeting, saying the cost is not to exceed $9 million, and work is expected to begin in the summer of 2015, according to CCU officials.

The board had discussed the renovation in October, but the cost had risen from $4 million to a proposed $10 million, and a committee was formed to meet with the architect to discuss the cost and scope of the work for the 50-year-old building. Singleton was originally built for classrooms but now houses university administration, including the office of President David DeCenzo.

Trustee Natasha Hanna served on the committee because she was concerned about the rising cost but said now she is comfortable with the project, which was approved unanimously by the board.

“The administration has committed they will do everything possible to ensure cost savings are realized,” Hanna said.

Part of the plan discussed in October included restructuring Singleton to provide a secure suite for the president, but the committee did not make recommendations about specific details. A programming committee has been formed to work with the architect and make those decisions.

“It always takes more work than you think in an older building, and it’s such an integral part of campus,” trustee Larry Biddle said.

Biddle said the university should be able to find grants to help recoup some of investment because of Singleton’s historic value, and that he thinks everyone will be glad they have worked to preserve the building’s integrity.

Contact VICKI GROOMS at 443-2401 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_VickiGrooms.

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