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Boutique hospitality design firm Interior Image Group (IIG) will design Good Shepherd Pavilion LLC’s The Shepherd Hotel, set to open in late 2020. The project will be located in downtown Clemson, South Carolina.

The idea for the hotel originated with co-founder Rick Hayduk. His daughter Jamison, who has Down syndrome, inspired him to operate a hotel with its primary employees as individuals with disabilities. Encouraged by his oldest daughter, Vaughn, a Clemson University alumnus, Hayduk partnered with the ClemsonLIFE (Learning Is for Everyone) program to develop the hotel. Hayduk partnered with Rich Davies, a real estate developer and now co-founder of The Shepherd Hotel.

As the selected interior design firm, the IIG designers, led by senior vice president of design Leslie Schultz, are working toward a goal of conveying these emotions throughout the design.

“We were able to visit Clemson at the start of the project in an effort to fully capture the essence of Clemson and its community. It was amazing to feel the spirit of welcome at Clemson and with the ClemsonLIFE students. I loved hearing stories of how the students are accepted as part of the community,” Schultz says.

Groundbreaking is set for next month. The project will include 77 guestrooms, a rooftop event space, a bar with a terrace on the third floor and a ground-floor restaurant. Many of the hotel’s employees will be students or graduates of the ClemsonLIFE program.

Photo: Courtesy of The Shepherd Hotel


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