Collaboration 3 Building at CUICAR

Leading through sustainable development


The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) is a 250-acre site along Interstate 85 Just east of Greenville, South Carolina. CU-ICAR is designed to be the premier automotive and motor sports research and educational facility in the world. This world-class research campus has attracted investment partners from both the public and private sectors, including: BMW, SAE International, Michelin, Sun Microsystems, IBM, Upstate Alliance, State of South Carolina, INTEC U.S., Inc., Dale Earnhardt, Inc., Richard Petty Driving Experience, and Microsoft Corporation.


To construct one of the first office buildings on the CU-ICAR campus, Clemson University sought a leader in sustainable development with a strong experience in large complex construction projects. Clemson partnered with Furman Development to construct Collaboration 3 in a way that set the standard for development in South Carolina.


The Furman Development team worked through time constraint challenges, permitting requirements and coinciding construction of the infrastructure needed from Clemson to make the building serviceable. Just twelve months after start of construction, the tenant Timken Automotive moved into their new space featuring research laboratory and office space.

The Collaboration 3 building was designed to comply with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED®) guidelines for Silver Certification. Despite extreme time constraints and challenges, Furman Development’s talented team of professionals delivered the building on time and within budget, and exceeded its original LEED certification goal. The project achieved LEED Gold Certification, honoring Furman Development as the first developer in the State of South Carolina to achieve a LEED Gold Certified project.

  • 120,000 s.f. facility - 70,000 s.f. laboratory space | 50,000 s.f. class-A office space

  • Raised-access flooring

  • Under-floor air distribution

  • Operable windows

  • No irrigation

  • Entry mats

  • Recycling room

  • Drought-resistant/native plantings

  • Sun-shading and sun control

  • Low-flow restroom fixtures indirect lighting, high-albedo roof

  • Expansion up to 44,000 s.f. (multi-level)

  • Parking garage adjacent