Numerous projects planned at FMU
Francis Marion University will soon begin a series of major construction projects designed to provide capacity for new academic programs, as well as refurbish existing facilities so they can better serve the FMU community in the decades ahead.
FMU’s board of trustees recently unanimously approved two separate resolutions at its regular, quarterly meeting. FMU President Dr. Fred Carter also outlined the strategic vision behind the plans during the meeting.
“These projects are an integral part of FMU’s future,” said Carter. “They’ll enhance existing programs, provide the capacity for new ones and accelerate the University’s momentum. It’s an exciting time to be at FMU.”
The projects in the pipeline include the refurbishing of the old post office in downtown Florence, the construction of an Honors Center on FMU’s main campus, construction of the freshwater ecology laboratory and conference center on newly gifted University property just north the main campus, a final phase addition to the Griffin Athletic Complex field house, a remodeling of the Smith University Center’s athletic facilities, residence hall renovations and the nearly completed new Dargan Street facility in the LS Rainwater Building.
Perhaps the most complex project on FMU’s docket is the $8 million renovation of the old post office and federal building, on West Evans Street in downtown Florence. The 38,000-square foot building, next door to FMU’s Carter Center for Health Sciences, will host classroom, lab and office space for FMU’s growing collection of Health Science programs. Work there is currently in the planning stage.
A 146-acre tract gifted to FMU by the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation this spring will be the site of the new freshwater ecology laboratory and conference center. The land, which includes 20-acre lake, is north of the intersection of I-95 and S.C. 327. FMU has been in the process of renovating its Village Apartments, the oldest University residential housing units, since the end of the spring semester. That project is nearing completion and will be ready for occupancy this fall.
A major makeover of the Griffin Athletic Complex and the Smith University Center are also in the works. These improvements will add or enhance facilities for FMU’s student athletes