A rendering of Furman’s planned South Housing

A Residential Village for First-Year Students

This spring, 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 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 administration 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.”

  • 2027
    The first class to move into the new residence hall
  • $70 MM
    The total cost of the project
  • 718
    The number of total beds the South Housing will provide when completed.


3 Phases

MAY 2022 – JULY 2023 Construct the new residence hall.

MAY 2023 – DECEMBER 2023 Renovate Poteat and McGlothlin halls.

JANUARY 2024 – AUGUST 2024 Renovate Manly and Geer halls.

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Jim Pitts ’60 helped guide the university during integration, the Vietnam War and the break from the Southern Baptist Convention.

I recently linked to the article in the online Furman magazine, ‘A Bridge to Connect Black Alumni,’ and saw this.