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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2003
Contact: Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394-6082
Groundbreaking Today Begins Important Project
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology officials will break ground today, Friday, April 4, for a project that will change how students live on campus and how they interact with each other.
The ceremony, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on the Surbeck Student Center south lawn, will begin work on the construction of a new residence hall and the renovations of the Surbeck Center. Tech invites the media to attend.
A new 300-bed residence hall will be constructed adjacent to the north end of the Surbeck Center. Room configurations will include suites and standard double rooms. Study lounges, a kitchen and an exercise room also will be included. Since the residence hall will connect to the Surbeck Center’s main floor, a coffee and smoothie shop, the cashier’s office, the campus safety office, and a common front desk operation will serve both.
The Surbeck Student Center, built in 1961, serves as the focal point for student activities on campus.
On the main floor, the project includes reconfiguring the front entrance, building a spacious student computer lab, significantly upgrading the South Lounge area, and reconfiguring conference rooms.
On the ground floor, the 2,000-square-foot space that now includes the bowling alley will be rejuvenated to create better space for student organizations, and the Student Activities and Leadership, Multicultural Affairs, and Ivanhoe International Center offices. The project also will upgrade the fire alarm and electrical systems.
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