The remodeling project of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union, which will more than double the space, is progressing as scheduled.
This is the artist rendering of the 30,000 square foot science building located west of the current Jonas Science addition; groundbreaking for the building is scheduled April 23 at 4 p.m.

The Black Hills State University campus is physically transforming with several construction projects underway and plans being made for a new science building.

The extensive addition and remodeling project which is nearly doubling the amount of space at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union is progressing as scheduled. The concrete has been poured on all levels, most of the exterior walls are up, and the inside framing and the roof is in progress.

Several offices and services will be relocated to prepare for the third phase of construction. During spring break, the Market Place, the Recreation Center and the Information Center will be vacated to allow for construction work in those areas.
Services will be relocated as follows:

  • The Market Place will be located in the Jacket Legacy Room Lobby and will offer grab and go items, coffee, soup, pre-made sandwiches and treats. Additional food items will be available in Jacket Java and at Pangburn Dining Hall.
  • The Student Senate office is being relocated to Woodburn 128 C.
  • The University Programming Team office is being relocated outside of the Ruddell Gallery near the Student Union skywalk.
  • The Office of Student Engagement – VISTA office (Richard Raridon) is relocated to the Jacket Legacy Room
    office area 4.
  • SEACC Alcohol Prevention Grant – office (April Anderson, Paula Carroll and Bernie Butcher) is relocated to Woodburn 128 D.
  • Student Union Information Center and Intramural Rec Sports office will be moved to the Student Union front lobby area. Student Organization Mailboxes will also be located in this area.

Jane Klug, director of student services, thanks students and staff for their ongoing patience during the construction process.

“I thank you for your patience and understanding as we transform the Student Union. I know we will be able to serve all of you better and more effectively next year in the new building,” Klug says.

BHSU will host a groundbreaking for the new science building April 23 at 4 p.m. This 30,000 square foot building, located west of the current Jonas Science addition, will provide space for classrooms, labs, and faculty offices to meet the needs of a rapidly increasing number of students pursuing science degrees. The Center for Conservation of Biological Resources (CCBR) will also be relocated to the new building which is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2010. The two-story science building will also house two conference rooms and student study areas.

Art Jones, director of facilities services notes that both of these construction projects meet the specifications for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification at the silver level. BHSU has made a commitment to sustainability and is incorporating components to ensure the buildings are LEED certified. The Student Union project includes a garden roof, a vertical wind turbine, extensive use of natural lighting, solar panels, and other energy efficiencies. The BHSU Student Union is expected to become a model for demonstration of energy efficiencies and an educational tool for BHSU students and others in the community. Jones notes that the majority of the salvage will be recycled in some form.

“With this project, 90 percent of the materials are being re-used or recycled. It doesn’t go to a landfill as rubble,” Jones said. “This is one of the many things we are doing as a campus as a part of our sustainability efforts.”

At Woodburn Hall an elevator was recently installed to provide much better access to all levels of the building. A landscaping and entrance project is expected to be completed this spring.

See photo galleries of the campus transformations.