2016 CU-ICAR Master Plan Update
The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) was originally envisioned in the early 2000s as a public-private enterprise focused on attracting and responding to the needs of the automotive and motorsports industry. CU-ICAR quickly exceeded expectations to become a leading research park benefiting the greater automotive industry, Clemson University, and the economy of the State of South Carolina. Today, the 250-acre campus is home to over 700 highly skilled employees, as well as to the leading automotive engineering M.S. and Ph.D. programs in the nation with a global student population representing 18 different countries.
The first CU-ICAR Campus Master Plan was prepared in 2004 in order to properly guide growth and serve as the tool for programmatic, academic, business, and physical development of the campus. The 2004 Campus Master Plan established an organizational development framework of five Technology Neighborhoods, the first neighborhood (TN1) is built out and will be fully occupied in 2017. In 2007, the Master Plan was updated to reflect rapid growth of the campus and to better address strategic projects and adjacent property developments. Key planning drivers which influenced past master plans, and remain relevant today, are sustainable design, the nature of academic and research enterprises, and synergies of public/private partnerships.
The CU-ICAR campus now represents over $250 million in investment dollars with 303 automotive engineering degrees (267 M.S. / 36 Ph.D.) awarded to date. Technology Neighborhood One (TN1) comprises six buildings and a parking garage, totaling 448,000 gross square feet (not including the garage square footage), with the following facilities:
- Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center
- Innovation Place and Auto Park (1200 parking spaces)
- JTEKT/Koyo Engineering Center
- BMW Information Technology Research Center
- Center for Emerging Technologies
- One Research Drive
The purpose of the 2016 Campus Master Plan Update is to revisit the vision, goals, strategic partnerships and physical plan for the next phase of development at CU-ICAR during a time of rapid change within the automotive industry. This planning effort examines the surrounding context of the CU-ICAR campus, explores adjacent land uses in the City of Greenville, and takes into consideration the upstate region and South Carolina at large. The objective of the plan is to create a sustainable and collaborative physical environment that pairs Clemson University’s goals for elevating research with the City and State’s intentions for increasing economic development by improving opportunities for a skilled workforce.