Demolition set for USC high-rise
7th January, 2006
USC plans to demolish the tower of the high-rise Carolina Plaza at Pendleton and Assembly streets Feb. 5, said Rick Kelly, USC’s vice president for finance.
Contractors are using mechanical equipment to remove the building’s wings, which comprised two large meeting rooms. Windows have been removed in the tower, which will be taken down with explosives in the early-morning hours of Feb. 5.
Carolina Plaza, in recent years a home for the USC Visitors’ Center and a temporary seat of the General Assembly when the State House was being renovated, was a hotel before USC bought it.
Kelly said the site likely will become green space and held in reserve. The Pendleton-Assembly intersection will be one of the main entrances to the research campus.
Meanwhile, the pace of construction in the $142 million first phase of research campus construction will quicken in the next few weeks, Kelly said.
USC has hired architects and construction managers and obtained trustee and local government approvals for site preparation to begin on two blocks:
• The Horizon Block, bounded by Blossom, Assembly, Main and Wheat streets
• The Biomedical block, bounded by College, Park, Lincoln and Greene streets
Kelly said USC has prospects for the research campus’ major new buildings, and the priority for construction will depend upon tenants’ requirements.
Craig Davis Properties, a private developer of two buildings, will begin one of those buildings