Augustana University kicked off a $ 50 million housing project on Tuesday afternoon to create a new dormitory, update two existing rooms and make the campus green.
Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, president of the University of Augustana, said the housing project is “another bold step forward” for the university.
The grand opening signifies a re-commitment to a “residential campus community as an invaluable part of the college experience for so many,” Herseth-Sandlin said.
“It will be a place where professors teach, counselors guide and students learn from each other, sharing customs, cultures and traditions,” she said.
Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken said the new facility means the university will “continue to recruit good graduates, continue to grow and expand its course offering to keep this economy moving.”
Construction of a new 200-bed residence, which will be north of Bergsaker Hall and east of Solberg Hall, will begin this summer. Completion of the new residence hall is scheduled for fall 2022, according to a statement from the university.
Two of the university’s existing residences – Bergsaker and Solberg Halls – will also see improvements to their infrastructure with the project. Elevators will be added to improve accessibility and air conditioning will be added to each building. Bergsaker upgrades are expected to be completed by fall 2022, and Solberg upgrades are slated for fall 2023.
A newly imagined green and southern landscaped courtyard of the campus is also in the project plans. The plan includes renovations to the existing parking lot and improvements to other infrastructure such as utilities, accessibility and safety. The landscaping yard is expected to be completed by fall 2022.
Augustana contributes to student housing income over the next 35-40 years to “create an initial asset” that allows the university to retain bond funding to make campus-wide improvements and create a Additional “financial sustainability” chief financial officer and vice director said President Shannan Nelson in a statement.
Construction on campus will underscore the growth of the university and meet the needs of the growing student body on campus, Director of Facilities Services Andrea Smith said in a statement.
“By enhancing the experience of our residential component, we elevate the excellence of the entire campus,” said Smith. “It will have an incredible impact, not only for Augustana, but for the entire Sioux Falls community.”
The university said in a statement that the “new and improved” housing plan was part of a comprehensive long-term plan to transform the campus and was part of the university’s strategic plan known as “Viking Bold. : The Journey to 2030 ”.
Once these projects are completed, the university will assess their impact, along with the most recent enrollment projections, to best determine how to proceed with the next phase of the overall plan, spokeswoman Jill Wilson said in a statement.