RAPID CITY, S.D. (Jan. 13, 2014) – The South Dakota School of
Mines & Technology has entered into a long-term agreement with Technology
Housing, LLC, to lease the two Rocker Square apartment buildings to accommodate
its growing enrollment.
Beginning Aug. 15, the university will operate the privately owned
apartment buildings through the Office of Residence Life and continue the
arrangement through 2024. The agreement was signed today by Mines President
Heather Wilson and Hani Shafai, president of Dream Design International, along
with Pat Hall, who own the Technology Housing management group.
The apartments, which were completed in time for the academic
years beginning in 2012 and 2013, can accommodate 269 students. The adjacent
twin buildings just west of campus currently house students but are operated
independently of the university.
Under the agreement, the apartments will be reserved for Mines
sophomores, who, along with freshmen, are required to live on campus.
The university owns three traditional residence halls, with a
total of 605 beds, which will primarily serve a growing freshmen population.
This academic year the number of freshman grew 20 percent over the previous
fall, with a total of 553 students from 35 states.
This year’s overall enrollment grew 8.9 percent, with an
overall student headcount of 2,640. One of the university’s strategic
priorities is to increase the number of students to 3,500 by the year 2020.
will have four-bedroom, three-bedroom and two-bedroom options from which to
choose. Units are fully-furnished, with kitchen, living room and multiple
bathrooms. Each Rocker Square apartment building will house three resident
Additionally, the university is working to bring a storefront
eatery to the currently vacant main floor space of Rocker Square I.
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 www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sdsmt.