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Not so hidden on the Coastal Carolina University campus is the university's biggest construction project ever. (Source: Conor McCue). Not so hidden on the Coastal Carolina University campus is the university's biggest construction project ever. (Source: Conor McCue).
Source: Conor McCue Source: Conor McCue
It'll cost more than $80 million, and will open up living space for more than 1200 students. (Source: Conor McCue). It'll cost more than $80 million, and will open up living space for more than 1200 students. (Source: Conor McCue).
It also hopes the new attitude, and spirit on campus could make Coastal Carolina an entirely different place. (Source: Conor McCue). It also hopes the new attitude, and spirit on campus could make Coastal Carolina an entirely different place. (Source: Conor McCue).
Buildings will have plenty of open rooms, and spaces where something as simple as a bench with a power outlet is intended to do more than charge a phone. (Source: Conor McCue). Buildings will have plenty of open rooms, and spaces where something as simple as a bench with a power outlet is intended to do more than charge a phone. (Source: Conor McCue).

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Not so hidden on the Coastal Carolina University campus is the university's biggest construction project ever. It'll cost more than $80 million, and will open up living space for more than 1200 students.

“It will be a fantastic place to come,” described Senior University Housing Director, Steve Harrison. Harrison says those 1,200 students won't get the same outdated experience many college freshman get.

For this project, the focus isn't as much on the rooms, it's on the places everyone gathers. "They're in a classroom maybe 15 to 18, maybe 20 hours a week, and the remainder of that week is this kind of experience,” Harrison explained. “They're living together, they're studying together, and they're working together," He said. 

That's why the university is putting a premium on community. Buildings will have plenty of open rooms, and spaces where something as simple as a bench with a power outlet is intended to do more than charge a phone.

"They don't even know that they're sitting down, and chatting, and hanging out, but it creates a space for them to form community, and get to know each other,” Harrison said while showing a bench in one of the main hallways.

To add to that sense of community, the school also wants the place to feel like home. The dust, and drywall may look like nothing now, but it should eventually turn into a familiar setting for many students.

"We've talked about a downtown Charleston kind of vibe, and a comfortable southern home,” Harrison said. This new sense of community along with a two-year live in requirement are all things CCU believes will prepare students for life after college.

It also hopes the new attitude, and spirit on campus could make Coastal Carolina an entirely different place.

“The traditions, and the pride that are already developing that will even be increased by an order of magnitude will be entirely different than any of us who have worked here for the past several years even understand now,” Harrison said.

The school says the color teal should signify coming together or community, so spots with teal within the new dorms will be places for students to meet and hang out.

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