Governor breaks ground for Center for Manufacturing Innovation


Rodgers started construction today on the Center for Manufacturing Innovation at Greenville Technical College with an official groundbreaking by South Carolina’s Governor Nikki Haley, President Keith Miller of Greenville Tech and President James Clements of Clemson University, who are collaborating on the project. They were joined by local dignitaries, board members and local manufacturing business leaders.

The Center for Manufacturing Innovation will include architectural features that engage students, faculty, staff, corporate partners, and community visitors with light-filled spaces highlighting the hands-on curriculum inside. The entryway will provide observation points where a visitor can view simulated advanced manufacturing environments, and interactive displays will educate and entertain.

Architect Cindy Benjamin, AIA, LEED AP BD + C, of LS3P, describes the new design as “ a visual icon of modern manufacturing, intended to reform the image of traditional manufacturing with a space which represents modern, clean, advanced technology and the critical-thinking driven manufacturing of the future.”

The building is targeting a minimum of 2 Green Globes certification under the Green Building Initiative’s rating system. “Rodgers is excited to partner on a project that provides critical training and development in a modern facility that merges the latest advances in technology and sustainability,” said Bob Glusenkamp, AIA, LEED AP, executive vice president for Rodgers.