USD Alumni and Foundation Center to be expanded The University of South Dakota Foundation and the USD Alumni Association announced May 27 the construction of a major addition and renovation of their facility at 1110 North Dakota Street in Vermillion.
"The expanded and renovated building will better enable our two organizations to serve the University community in the years ahead with space for special events, meetings and additional staff," said Alumni Association director Nancy McCahren and USD Foundation President Ted Muenster.
Participating in the groundbreaking on Thursday morning were USD President James W. Abbott, Carleton Holt of Dakota Dunes, president of the USD Alumni Association; and Richard Grasser of Sioux Falls, immediate past chair of the USD Foundation. Members of the building committee include Jim Cope of Yankton, chair; Paul Van Buren of Los Altos, CA.; Joe Lundsgaard of Cherokee, IA.; and John Fowler of Bernardsville, NJ.
The project will include 3,340 square feet of additional finished space and 1,188 square feet of newly constructed storage space, which can be finished for future office use. The existing 4,100 square foot building will be renovated, bringing the total completed facility to 8,628 square feet. The Foundation and Alumni offices will continue to operate in the building during construction scheduled for completion by December 1. New facilities in the building include multi-purpose "Legacy Room" for special events and displays of University memorabilia, a telemarketing center, conference room, workrooms and office space. A major architectural feature of the building will be a drive-through entrance canopy with a peaked metal roof suitable for use during outdoor special events.
Welfl Construction of Yankton is the general contractor and Architecture, Inc., of Sioux Falls is the design architect. The construction cost of the project is $528,000, including a contribution from the Alumni Association. The Foundation is contemplating construction debt retirement through a capital fund drive.