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$18 Million Renovation Finished at Minard Hall

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After three years work and a year delay due to a wall collapse, an $18 million renovation is finished at North Dakota State University's 5th oldest building.

Construction began back in 2009 adding on 33,914 square feet of space to Minard Hall, bringing the total to 142,052 square feet. Minard also has 13 classrooms that can teach over 1,000 students and are now some of the most technologically advanced.

Classrooms have been upgraded with:

  • Wireless access points
  • More power outlets to support student use of technology
  • Consoles that allow instructors to control classroom technology, such as projectors and screens from a single point
  • Improved access for people with disabilities

Students can even instant message an answer or question into the professor directly from their laptop, or even video conference into class if they needed to.

Since the building has unique history dating back to 1901, the university was able to salvage original wood work and metal ceiling tiles in an effort to preserve that history. The building was designed and built in three phases as the money became available.

The 1901 section of Minard was built for just $25,000. After that additions were made in 1918, 1929, and in 2003 Minard was connected to the schools music arts building.

A dedication for the newly renovated Minard Hall is set for Saturday, October 12, as part of NDSU's homecoming.


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