Black Hills State University will hold a ground breaking for the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union addition Monday, April 28 at 3 p.m.

The ground breaking ceremony will take place at the north entrance of the Student Union. (In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.)

Virtual tours of the new addition will be available. Also students will be available throughout the Student Union to highlight future plans for each area of the existing building. The area north of the existing Student Union will be marked to indicated the layout of the addition. Refreshments will be served after the ground breaking.

The expansion project, which will more than double the space of the Student Union, will include a new dining services area, a counseling center, health services, an expanded bookstore, and increased student programming space. Construction and remodeling will begin this summer.

In an unprecedented move, BHSU, which has made a commitment to sustainability, has designed the building to include components that will make it a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certified building. Some of these components include a garden roof, a vertical wind turbine, 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. 

“Black Hills State University is taking the lead in sustainability to become a ‘green’ campus,” President Kay Schallenkamp says. “This addition will be one of the first state-owned buildings to earn LEED certification. This is one of many things we as a campus are doing to ensure the next generation of BHSU students has the opportunity to experience the type of lifestyle we appreciate and enjoy throughout the Black Hills region.”