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Release Date Friday, March 3, 2017

SD Mines to Begin Renovation of Nearly-Century-Old McLaury Building

The McLaury Building on the SD Mines campus.
RAPID CITY, SD (March 3, 2017) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is announcing a multi-phase renovation of the nearly-century-old McLaury Building.  The renovations will update facilities, improve efficiency and bring the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

McLaury is among the oldest and most iconic buildings on campus. Construction on the building was completed in 1921. In 1950 it was renamed after beloved Mines math professor Howard Lincoln McLaury.

“McLaury is a beautiful historic building.” says Mines President Heather Wilson. “It needs to be restored and we will be able to start that effort this summer so that it will serve the needs of Mines students well into the future.”

The last major renovations on the McLaury Building took place between 1975 and 1979. This renovation occurs in several phases.  Phase one includes a new elevator, windows, bathrooms and work on the exterior and foundation of the building.  The next four phases of the project include architectural improvements and an overhaul of the heating and air conditioning system. Future renovations are taking place as maintenance and repair funding is available.

McLaury houses the math and computer science department at SD Mines. The SD Mines computer programming team also calls the historic building home.  The team will compete for the 7th time in the World Finals held here in Rapid City this May.


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Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $68,685. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, Snapchat, and TikTok.

Contact: Charles Michael Ray , 605-394-6082, Charles.Ray@sdsmt.edu