BHSU campus improvement projects meet the needs of students

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, January 14, 2016/Categories: 2016

The new Crow Peak Residence Hall is one of several recent campus updates meeting the needs of students at Black Hills State University. Current construction projects include the removal of Pangburn Hall, hillside bank stabilization, and the addition of an Einstein Bros. Bagels coffee shop in the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center.

As the spring 2016 semester begins at Black Hills State University, several campus construction projects to meet the needs of students are nearly complete or underway.

Current projects include the removal of Pangburn Hall, hillside bank stabilization, and the addition of an Einstein Bros. Bagels coffee shop in the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center.

"Each of these projects are the result of extensive long-term planning by the University and consultations with contractors and architects," Kathy Johnson, vice president of Finance and Administration, said.  

Pangburn Hall, a former residence hall, has significant infrastructure problems that made it cost-prohibitive to remodel. Originally built in the early 50s, Pangburn Hall served a number of purposes through the years (dining area, residence hall, classrooms, small theatre and photography studio) but was physically and structurally unfit for continued use. During the planning process for Crow Peak Hall, several facilities studies recommended removal of the building.

Several historic items from Pangburn Hall, including a fireplace grate, were removed and will be displayed at the Joy (Proctor) Krautschun Alumni Foundation Welcome Center. Furthering BHSU's commitment to environmental sustainability, University facilities staff are removing a wide variety of recyclable and reusable materials that will be salvaged and repurposed including: all metal, doors and locks, light fixtures, ceiling tiles, a boiler, hot water heaters, room furniture, air conditioners, white boards, bulletin boards, exit signs, door alarms, fire alarm system/devices, fiber optic boxes, door security controllers, temperature control system, electrical breaker panels, fire extinguishers and cabinets, mail boxes, appliances, cabinets, mirrors, electric heaters and other items.

The Black Box Theatre has been relocated to third floor of Woodburn Hall directly above the Theatre Department space on second floor. Bert Juhrend, professor of theatre, noted that the new location has better access and will be beneficial for students and audience members. The first performance in the new Black Box Theatre is scheduled for April. The photography studio most recently located in Pangburn Hall will be moved to the lower level of the Library following remodeling of that space this spring and summer.  

The Pangburn Hall removal project is expected to be complete by the end of February.  Just as that project is completed, a hillside stabilization and landscaping project, which is designed to provide greater access to the University and connect the upper and lower parts of campus, will begin. Phase one will include moving utilities and irrigation ditches.  The entire project, which includes adding ADA accessible sidewalks to campus to connect with the city biking/walking path, is scheduled for completion by October.    

Another ongoing project is remodeling at the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center to accommodate an Einstein Bros. Bagels outlet. After surveying students, as well as faculty and staff, Einstein's was the clear choice for additional food options for the campus. Managed by A'viands, BHSU's dining services, Einstein Bros. Bagels will offer coffee and specialty coffee drinks, fresh-baked bagels as well as hot and cold deli sandwiches, salads and soup. Einstein Bros. Bagels is expected to open in mid-February.

Recently completed BHSU campus improvement projects

The Admissions Welcome Center was added in the Student Union. Strategically located at the front entrance of the campus, the Admissions Welcome Center offers an easy-to-find space for prospective students and their parents to meet with counselors, faculty, staff and other students while visiting BHSU.

Crow Peak Hall, the first new residence hall in 50 years, opened for students this fall. A grand opening for Crow Peak Hall, which connected two existing halls creating an enhanced central living area for all three buildings, is scheduled for early February.  

The Sanford Science Education Center in Jonas Hall opened last semester. The Center offers science labs, interactive classrooms and displays for visitors to campus. The new addition is a direct link to the Sanford Science Education Center, which also has facilities at the Sanford Lab in Lead and was made possible with a generous donation from T. Denny Sanford.

New athletic suites were added to Lyle Hare Stadium.

A complete tree inventory was conducted by BHSU students. Plans are underway to continue BHSU's commitment to sustainability and preserving the beautiful Black Hills by replacing trees lost in winter storm Atlas (October 2013) and planting additional trees throughout campus.

An exterior lighting upgrade is ongoing to install energy efficient lights across campus reducing utility costs while enhancing safety.

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