The University of South Carolina has decided to build a new home for its beleaguered law school downtown, dominating a block between Senate and Gervais streets.
The new building will have 186,000 square feet and cost $75 million, said Rob Wilcox, the new law school dean, who expects to oversee the move from the school’s current Main Street building.
USC has most of the money for the new building but needs to raise an additional $25 million before it can go to the state Budget and Control Board to request permission to start construction. Former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster has been hired by USC as a $191,000-a-year consultant to help the law school raise that final $25 million.
USC had considered refurbishing its Main Street law school building, which has been plagued by roof problems. But that possibility was shelved once estimates for that work crossed the $60 million threshold.
“Retrofitting a building of this type was not going to be easy,” said Wilcox, who took over as dean July 1. “It was going to end up costing well over $60 million.”