Tuesday, August 11, 2009
In preparation for the home of SC State’s $24 million state-of-the art Engineering and Computer Science Complex, the former men’s residence hall, Bethea Hall is in the process of being demolished. Officially beginning more than six months ago to address environmental concerns, bulldozers moved in on Wednesday, Aug. 5, with demolition expected to be completed by Oct. 1.
Originally located between Hodge Hall and Mays II, Bethea Hall was built in 1955 as a male residence hall which occupied 382 young men. The residence hall was named after Wallace C. Bethea of Orangeburg, S.C., a former member of the SC State Board of Trustees.
Once demolition is completed, initially the area will be used as ‘green space’ until the construction of SC State’s new Engineering and Computer Science Complex begins, which is expected in 2010. The 85,000 sq.ft. Engineering and Computer Science Complex will house teaching and research labs, innovative classrooms, offices and other support spaces.
Additional buildings and site development areas will also be demolished near Bethea Hall to support additional parking. The space will be needed to accommodate expected growth from students interested in SC State’s nuclear engineering program (the only such program at an HBCU) and the nationally accreditated computer science program.
“The demolition of Bethea Hall moves SC State closer to realizing a state-of-art facility and significantly enhances facilities on our campus,” said John E. Smalls, senior vice president of Finance, Facilities, and MIS.