In early Spring 2022, Furman University began its largest construction project to date — a comprehensive renovation of South Housing that will include building a new residence hall and updating four others in the complex devoted to first-year students.

The project will replace Blackwell Hall, relocate the Center for Inclusive Communities into the new hall, and introduce a host of modern amenities in the new and existing halls to support student success, and enhance the first-year experience for Furman students.

Demolition of Blackwell Hall will begin in May 2024 and last through September. The building is named after Furman’s Gordon Williams Blackwell ’32, who became Furman’s eighth president in 1965. The university is discussing ways to continue to honor the former president.

“By reimagining the first-year residence hall from the ground up, we are creating a vibrant student hub, one with new personal and social spaces for students to gather and connect for years to come, setting their trajectory for success at Furman and beyond,” says Furman President Elizabeth Davis. “This project enhances the safety, accessibility, security and privacy components of all the residence halls in South Housing, while also advancing the university’s sustainability goals.”

  • $70M
    The total cost of the project
  • 2028
    The first class to live in new residence hall
  • 718
    The total number of beds
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Project Phases
Phase 1 March 2023 – July 2024 Construct the new residence hall.
Phase 2 May 2024 – December 2024 Renovate Poteat and McGlothlin.
Phase 3 January 2025 – August 2025 Renovate Manly and Geer halls.

“This village, a mix of new construction and renovations, will embrace our first-year students with new amenities. These amenities are designed not just for students’ comfort but to support their success and increase their sense of belonging. The new South Housing will strengthen the connection to the heart of campus, much like the Trone Student Center renovation and boardwalk did when they were completed not too long ago. And it will serve as a centerpiece of student activity, providing a more enriching experience for students.”

– Elizabeth Davis, Furman University President

South Housing Project Updates