Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, September 30, 2015

$6M Renovation Project to CBEC Begins

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Sept. 30, 2015) – A $6 million renovation of the Chemical & Biological Engineering/Chemistry Building at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is under way to update laboratory and classroom spaces and accommodate the fast-growing Applied Biological Sciences program.

A Sept. 30 groundbreaking ceremony was held outside the southwest entrance, which will feature a new facade. Regent Kathy Johnson, state lawmakers and students joined Mines President Heather Wilson and Provost Demitris Kouris.

Last spring the South Dakota Legislature approved the sale of $6 million in bonds to fund renovation of 7,000 square feet for three research labs, one teaching lab, two support spaces and faculty offices. The project will also bring the 26,055-square-foot building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Construction will be complete by the fall 2016 semester.

The building is home to the Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences (ABS) programs. The south end of the building has undergone only minor upgrades since it was originally built in 1957. All Mines students are required to take chemistry, and the three-year-old ABS major is the fastest-growing program on campus, projected to be one of the largest, at 150 students, within a few years.

View photos from the groundbreaking at https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdsmt/albums/72157659313977185

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About SD Mines

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelors, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,843 students. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 98 percent, with an average early career salary for graduates of $65,600, according to the 2014-2015 PayScale report. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sdsmt.

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About SD Mines  

Founded 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 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.