The largest construction season in the history of the University of North Dakota is already underway. More than 250-million dollars, that's over a quarter of a billion dollars worth of construction projects get started at UND this summer.
Construction of UND's new, 122-million dollar medical school has already started at the corner of Gateway Drive and Columbia road.
When it's completed in 2016, this building will house some 800 medical science students and researchers. The facility will be state of the art.
Randy Eken, UND School of Medicine: "Last year we had a record year for research, 27-million dollars in grants awarded and we do hope this new building will help facilitate more research. That's for sure."
Construction will also get underway on a 29-million dollar renovation of the Wilkerson Hall Dining Complex. Construction also starts on an 11-million dollar addition and renovation of UND's Law School. Plus, $15 million dollars is being spent for just the first stage of a High Performance Sports Training Center, at the site of the old hockey arena.
Larry Zitzow, UND Facilities Management: "This is big… the most construction this campus has ever seen. It's exciting to see all these activities happen."
And there's good news for North Dakota tax payers. The Legislature was already able to fund the majority of these projects, thanks to a reserve of North Dakota oil money.
Larry Zitzow: "With the economy in the State right now, and all the work that's going on, it's going to be a challenge to find workers to accommodate all this activity."
There are also a couple of other major projects that get underway at UND this summer, including a 25-million dollar U.A.S. Center and 15-million dollar Collaborative Energy Complex.