Furman University
Charles H. Townes Center for Science

Project Location

Greenville, SC


Education, Science Labs


General Contracting, Preconstruction

Square Footage

120,000 (Renovation), 80,000 (New)

Schedule Duration

25 months

Furman University Charles H. Townes Center for Science


  • Complete renovation of an existing science building, Plyler Hall, linked to the new South Addition and North Addition

  • Structural steel with composite metal and concrete slab. Exterior finishes include brick veneer, glass curtain-wall and aluminum-plate panels

  • LEED® Gold certified with thermal solar panels, day lighting, and an energy-efficient cooling system using chilled beams, a technology widely used in Europe


  • Central reading room with walls built on a radius, a science library, classrooms, office space and research laboratories for physics, biology and chemistry, and a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) lab

  • Lecture hall and auditorium, a planetarium with a 24-foot diameter dome, and a detached greenhouse

  • Named after Furman graduate and Greenville native Charles Hard Townes, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1964 for his role in development of the laser

  • Only two chilled-beam cooling systems were in use in the U.S. at the time of construction

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