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Two new construction projects get initial approval

Coastal Carolina University has received approval to proceed with architect selection and design of the Science Annex II and a Tennis Complex. The South Carolina Budget and Control Board gave its first nod to the proposed construction projects on Aug. 9, according to Sandy Williams, director of the Office of Facilities and planned management.

The $14 million science annex would include 40,000 square feet, with40 faculty offices, teaching labs and classrooms. It would house the proposed marine science department, chemistry, teaching and research spaces, and spaces for the study of ecology and the environmental sciences.

 It will be located next to the Swain Science Building toward the parking area.

A $2 million Tennis Complex on the east campus will consist of 5,000 square feet with 12 courts, plus lighting, coaches' offices, press boxes, locker rooms, concessions, equipment storage and bleachers. The proposed complex would allow tournament play.

Williams said the state board's approval means the projects can go forward in terms of hiring an architect, designing the spaces, and estimating costs.