The Donnan/COBE Project at North Greenville University

April 6, 2023

North Greenville University is renovating the Donnan Administration Building into their new College of Business and Entrepreneurship. It is a $9.7 million project that will provide five contemporary classrooms; student gathering, meeting, and collaboration spaces; and faculty offices. The College of Business and Entrepreneurship enrolled nearly 500 students in the 2022-23 academic year.

Situated at the highest point on NGU’s campus in northern Greenville County, the Donnan Administration Building opened in 1955. The 19,000-square-foot two-story facility has housed the president’s office, and NGU’s business office throughout its history, also serving as the previous home to the university’s Hester Library.

The Donnan/COBE Project was designed by Greenville’s Equip Studio, and is being managed by Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL). Hood Construction is providing general contractor services.

We spoke with three people to learn about this project: Dr. Gene Fant, President of North Greenville University; Dr. John Duncan, Dean, College of Business and Entrepreneurship ; as well as Mark Hood, President & CEO of Hood Construction.

The project is expected to be complete this fall, with the building opening to students for the spring 2024 semester.