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Harper and Elliott colleges are the latest USC buildings to receive a green building honor

Green kudos for Harper-Elliott

By Megan Sexton,, 803-777-1421

Harper and Elliott colleges, a residence hall and home of the South Carolina Honors College offices on the historic Horseshoe, are the latest University of South Carolina buildings to receive green accolades.

Harper, built in 1848, and Elliott, built in 1837, underwent significant renovations during the summers of 2011 and 2012, when the buildings’ structure along with the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems were upgraded. The work earned the buildings the two Green Globes.

The Green Globes system is a building environmental design and management tool. It delivers an online assessment protocol, rating system and guidance for green building design, operation and management. It is interactive, flexible and affordable, and provides market recognition of a building’s environmental attributes through third-party verification. The Green Globes system describes a building’s environmental performance, giving practical advice for design improvements, offering resources for making upgrades and providing additional information on relevant strategies and technologies. The system is used by large developers and property management companies, including the Canadian federal government, which has adopted the program for its entire real estate holdings.

University Housing worked with contractors and architects to develop a plan for Harper-Elliott that utilized recycled materials, added environmentally-friendly amenities and reduced energy and water consumption. Harper-Elliott is home to 48 students living in apartment-style residences, and houses the Honors College offices.

The two Green Globes is the fourth designation in recognition of USC Housing’s efforts to produce environmentally friendly residence halls. West (Green) Quad is Silver LEED certified and the Honors Residence and Patterson Hall are Gold LEED certified.

“We are gradually changing the culture at USC to a more sustainable future. University Housing is committed to green initiatives such as LEED and Green Globes building construction, the Green Dorm Room certification and an annual residence hall energy challenge to help transform the college experience for our students,” said Kirsten Kennedy, executive director of University Housing. "These programs create a healthy, safe living and learning environment while promoting a culture of sustainability.”

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Posted: 01/28/13 @ 10:00 AM | Updated: 03/19/13 @ 10:34 AM | Permalink


About Harper College

  • Part of the extensive mid-19th century building program providing for increased enrollment at South Carolina College. When classes were suspended in March 1862, it was used as a hospital.
  • Built on the site of the old Steward's Hall (1806), it and several other residence halls resembled those at Yale, which featured the arrangement of apartments into a single tenement to foster socially cohesive groups.
  • Home of the Euphradian Society, a political, intellectual, and social organization, whose first president was William Harper.
  • It is now headquarters for the South Carolina Honors College.


About Elliott College

  • Elliott was originally part of an intensive mid-19th-century building program to provide for increased enrollment.
  • Among the first historic Horseshoe buildings to undergo extensive remodeling under the Horseshoe Restoration Program of the 1970s. Served as a prototype for the restoration of other Horseshoe residence halls.
  • Houses students of the South Carolina Honors College.
  • Elliott and Harper mirror the Pinckney and Legare buildings across the Horseshoe.



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