Douthit Hills

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Douthit Hills is a family living complex erected in 1950. The complex is scheduled for demolition in June, 2006.

The university announced on September 18, 2007 that nine houses will be moved from Clemson University’s Douthit Hills apartment complex, which was closed last year. The houses have been purchased by Dan Ward House Movers of Six Mile, which will sell the houses. Moving the houses not only will save the university money but also will keep materials from the houses out of landfills. “This is a win-win situation for everyone: for Clemson, for the environment and for Dan Ward, ” said Gary Gaulin, associate director of residential facilities projects. The houses were donated to the university in 1967 by the Gerrish Milliken plant in Pendleton. They were moved into the Douthit Hills area and originally were used as faculty housing. Later they became family housing for graduate students. The houses are approximately 1,500 square feet, with two or three bedrooms, hardwood floors and fireplaces. “Recycling houses is the oldest recycling industry in the nation. It’s been done since the 1800s,” said Dan Ward. “You don’t have to pay for the cost of bulldozing the house and hauling it to the landfill and it prevents waste that ends up in the landfill.” Students from a construction science and management class researched the feasibility of moving the houses and found that it was a good alternative to demolition. Students Jill Allen, a senior architecture major from Birmingham, Ala.; Joseph Lane, a senior architecture major from Columbia; and Scott Brothers, a senior construction science and management major from Greenwood, found that these nine houses are good candidates for moving because they are structurally sound; they have a rectangular, one-story layout and they are built above crawl spaces. “This joint effort was the result of their interest in sustainability and their undertaking a semester project in CSM 203 Materials and Methods I, a course offered by the department of construction science and management that enables architecture and construction students to work together,” said construction science and management assistant professor Raymond Schneider. “There was considerable student interest in the challenges offered by reclaiming the Douthit Hills area in a sustainable manner.” Gaulin presented the project to Schneider’s class because he wanted to get student input. “It is important to engage students in practical studies that can affect decision-making here at the university," Gaulin said. "When the questions about possibly moving the nine Miliken houses came up, the written study from the students made a huge difference in the decision-making process. It was research that made a difference and helped Clemson to save thousands of dollars.” Work to prepare the houses for moving begins this week. The first house scheduled to be moved, located at 509 Daniel Drive, has been purchased by local Realtor Tal Slann, who grew up in the house. Douthit Hills was closed in June 2006 because maintenance needs of the homes became too great. Most of the homes were built in the 1950s, making it one of the oldest residence areas on campus. This article is a stub. If you know something about this topic, you can help by expanding it.