Higher Education

USC Strom Thurmond Wellness

strom thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC


Constructed at a major downtown intersection as the new gateway to USC, the state-of-the-art Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center, which opened in March of 2003, includes a four-court gymnasium, elevated jogging track, auxiliary gymnasium for indoor soccer and hockey, an 18,000 square-foot fitness area with weights and cardiovascular equipment, indoor pool and spa, a climbing wall, multi-purpose/group fitness studios, locker rooms, and a wellness center. Outdoor facilities include a swimming pool and spa, sand volleyball courts, and leisure courtyard. The 200,000 square-foot facility is designed as an open galleria which allows students to view multiple activities while they are exercising. 

This project represents individual experience Garvin Design Group employees gained while working at The Boudreaux Group.

“Scott Garvin was the lead architect for the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center. His artistic work speaks for itself. The Thurmond Wellness Center is the best building of its type in the country. I have been in over 60 from the east to the west coast. The building is aesthetically stunning and functions wonderfully as a wellness center. The untold story is Scott’s abilities as a leader, negotiator, and motivator. Scott was the glue that kept this complicated and very public project on the right track to its very successful conclusion. I recommend him without reservations.” 

Jerry T. Brewer, Director of Student Life, University of South Carolina


2005 Facility of Merit Award*
Athletic Business Magazine
*Garvin Design Group employees earned this award as members of The Boudreaux Group