Groundbreaking: Clemson begins construction on graduate center at the old Charleston Navy Base

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NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina — Clemson is building a $21 million engineering center at the old Charleston Naval Base.

The university broke ground Thursday for the building near its new wind turbine test facility. The building is expected to open in the fall of 2016.

It will offer master's and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering and other disciplines that are not now available in the Charleston area.

In addition to educating students, space will be leased to private businesses to collaborate with faculty, students and researchers on engineering projects.

In that way, the facility will resemble Clemson's International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville.

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