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The university's 274-acre tree-lined campus, manicured green lawns, sculptures and displays of seasonal flowers create a lush park-like educational setting.  All across campus, visitors will notice significant campus improvement projects as USD is investing more than $100 million in projects that have recently been completed. 

Under Construction and Design:

  • Muenster University Center Expansion
    • Adding 30,000 square feet additional dining space 
    • Seating capacity expanding to 1200
    • Adding retail franchises: Chick-Fil-A, Qdoba, Einstein Brothers and Papa John's
    • Remodeling convenience store space in North Complex
    • Construction to be complete in early 2014  
  • Athletic Arena
    • Planning and design phase
    • Addressing space concerns for basketball, volleyball and Kinesiology & Sport Science program
    • Includes connection between the DakotaDome and the Athletic Arena, new student seating section & new outdoor track and soccer fields 
    • 2015 Master Plan for Athletic Facilities
  • National Music Museum Expansion
    • Planning and design phase
    • Connecting South Dakota Union building and the National Music Museum building
    • Housing for all exhibits within one encompassing facility
    • More expansion information

Recently Completed Projects:

Bailey and Kathy Aalfs Auditorium (Formerly Robert L. Slagle Hall Auditorium) 
  • $8.2 million renovation to 38,000 square-foot facility
  • Constructed in 1925, auditorium renovations include a new chiller system, lighting upgrades for performances, enhanced electrical service to building & additional restrooms
  • Completed in 2011
  • Improved acoustics, accessible seating, new stage floors & improved sightlines
  • E.M. Skinner Opus 548 Organ (unaltered) renovated
  • Refurbished venue will host musical theatre, orchestras and musical ensembles, soloists, dance companies & lectures
  • Funded by $3.6 million in private funding and $4.6 million from the Board of Regents Higher Education Facilities Fund 
Science Laboratory Renovations
  • Major renovation of labs & classrooms in the Arthur M. Pardee Laboratory building ($3.8 million), Akeley-Lawrence Science Center ($5.25 million) and Churchill Haines Laboratory ($6.75 million)
  • Completed in 2011
  • Funded from state and student tuition
  • Pardee Laboratory, constructed in 1914, received exhaust, electrical & plumbing improvements for restoration of research labs and classrooms
  • Akeley-Lawrence Science Center, built in 1962, received renovations to individual research lab spaces, modernized existing classrooms and helped fulfill the State's Deep Underground Science & Engineering Lab (DUSEL) research agenda.
Coyote Village
  • $26.8 million, 195,708 square-foot suite-style apartment complex located south of the DakotaDome
  • Completed in 2010
  • 175 units with 550 beds, including two-and four-bedroom options for students
  • Kitchenettes complete with full-sized refrigerators, a microwave and a sink
  • Private bathrooms shared by no more than two students
  • Fully furnished units
  • Hardwired Internet access for each single-occupied bedroom
  • Wireless access throughout building
  • Convenience store
  • Central laundry facility
  • SMART classroom and online gaming station technology
  • Funding provided by bonds paid for by lease revenues
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USD Wellness Center
  • $15 million, 61,000 square-foot facility
  • Completed in 2011
  • Located north of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts
  • State-of-the-art workout equipment, multi-story climbing wall, Multipurpose Activity Court, a large open workout space with treadmills, exercise bicycles, elliptical machines, stretching mats and a weight room space with free weights & strength-training equipment
  • Multiple recreation courts for basketball & volleyball
  • Two racquetball courts
  • Group fitness studios for aerobics, pilates & yoga
  • Three-lane walking/jogging track
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Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine & Science Building
  • $37 million project, one of the largest in State history
  • Completed in 2008
  • High-tech research laboratories, classrooms & offices
  • More than 156,000 square-feet
  • Classrooms are wired to enable delivery of educational content online and computers in classrooms and study spaces are fully loaded with essential specialty software
  • Funding for the project included $12.5 million from the Higher Education Facilities Fund, $12.5 million from Campaign South Dakota, $10.2 million from the federal government and $1.8 million from the state. Lead private gifts of $3 million each came from Avera Health, Regional Health and Sanford Health
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School of Business Building
  • $19.5 million, 73,000 square-foot facility to house Beacom School of Business
  • Large, state-of-the-art auditorium for faculty & guest lecturers
  • Completed in 2009
  • A state-of-the-art research center
  • Student and faculty integration rooms
  • SMART classroom technology
  • Offices for faculty & staff members
  • Funding provided by private donations, student tuition & from the Board of Regents Higher Education Facilities Fund
Theodore R. and Karen K. Muenster University Center
  • Named in honor of Theodore (Ted) Muenster and his wife, Karen
  • Completed in 2009
  • $22.8 million cost
  • 76,000 square-foot building
  • Financial support came from student fees, donations from University partners Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Aramark (a professional services company), and private donations, including a $5 million gift from the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation
  • Multi-level campus dining area (indoor and outdoor seating)
  • 500-person capacity multipurpose room
  • State-of-the-art conference rooms
  • Meeting and lounge areas
  • Multi-cultural center
  • Offices for Student Government Association & Student Activities Center
  • Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore
  • U Brew
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Campus Regrading & Landscape Project
  • Regrading, new drainage, new and improved sidewalks and lighting, new landscaping and planting of 200 trees in the areas from the Muenster University Center to Old Main and from the Muenster University Center to the School of Business, Al Neuharth Media Center & School of Law 
  • Completed in 2009


Other Campus Landmarks:

Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts
  • 104,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility
  • Studios, galleries, labs, concert halls and a 450-seat proscenium theatre
  • Along with classes, the center hosts numbers of public music and theatre performances & art exhibitions each year
National Music Museum
  • Internationally renowned
  • Museum holds collections of more than 14,500 American, European and non-Western instruments from all cultures and historical periods
  • Collection includes many of the earliest, best preserved and historically most important instruments known to survive
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Old Main
  • Built in the late 1800's, originally housed the entire University, including dorms, classrooms, offices and dining facilities
  • Completely restored in 1997, the campus landmark now houses the Honors Program and the Howe Gallery
I.D. Weeks Library
  • 124,697 square-feet, including a glass-enclosed link with convenient access to the Muenster University Center
  • Seating for 860 persons in carrel, table and lounge settings as well as computer terminals for student and faculty use
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Al Neuharth Media Center
  • Dedicated in 2003, the Center houses Freedom Forum operations, the media and journalism organizations on campus, including South Dakota Public Broadcasting, USD's Department of Contemporary Media and Journalism, The Volante, campus radio station KAOR and television station KYOT
  • South Dakota's premier athletic facility; opened in 1979 and underwent a roof replacement renovation in 2001-02
  • Houses the athletic departments and annually hosts hundreds of athletic events, conventions and other special occasions.
  • In 2004 enhancements included giant video screen technology and other modernized displays, LED Video Display and Scoring System, improvements to concourse and concessions, innovative signage, merchandising, promotions and more