Construction begins for new student wellness center at Mines
Release Date Monday, April 28, 2014
RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 28, 2014) – Construction has begun on the new
student wellness and recreation center at the South Dakota School of
Mines & Technology. The $8.9 million project, which will bring new
basketball courts, fitness rooms and a climbing wall, is projected to be
complete by April 2015.
Alumnus and major donor Stephen Newlin,
who is chairman, president and chief executive officer of PolyOne
Corporation, was on campus today to formally break ground at the
construction site. Newlin, a 1976 graduate who now heads the world’s
premier provider of specialty polymer materials, services and solutions,
has given $2 million to the project.
Students have been working
on the project for three years and are paying the majority of
construction costs through a $6.7 million “tax” they approved in
The Stephen D. Newlin Family Student Wellness
& Recreation Center will adjoin the King Center, providing more than
34,000 square feet of new or remodeled space. The construction will add
two basketball courts, a new group fitness room, a low level rock
climbing wall, new student locker rooms and expanded cardio and weight
Design plans allow for easy public access, with the main entry facing into the parking lot on the south end of campus.
attending the groundbreaking ceremony with the campus community were
state and local dignitaries and other university supporters.
in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science
and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D.,
offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university
enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a
student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for
graduates is $62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at
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