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The Shepherd Hotel, a Clemson, South Carolina-based hotel set to open to the public in late 2020, has officially broken ground. Good Shepherd Pavilion LLC is the developer, while Interior Image Group (IIG) is the designer of the project. Charleston, South Carolina-based Goff D’Antonio Associates is the architect.

The idea for the hotel originated with cofounder Rick Hayduk. His daughter Jamison, who has Down syndrome, inspired him to operate a hotel whose primary service providers are 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. To bring the project to fruition, Hayduk partnered with Rich Davies, a real estate developer and now cofounder of The Shepherd Hotel.

IIG will convey this vision through the hotel’s interiors. The project will include 67 guestrooms, a rooftop event space, a bar with a terrace on the third floor and a ground-floor restaurant. Many, but not all, of the hotel’s employees will be students or graduates of the ClemsonLIFE program. The hotel will provide the students with practical hospitality training to fulfill their requirements for a Certificate of Hospitality from the university. The goal is that after employment at the hotel, students will have a greater opportunity to find gainful employment.

Photo: Courtesy of Interior Image Group

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