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New Arena Space Prompts Department Moves

Image Arena Update The opening this summer of the Sanford Coyote Sports Center will lead to several department moves on campus.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The addition of classroom, clinic, research and office space adjacent to the University of South Dakota’s new basketball and volleyball arena will prompt several other department moves this summer.

The changes:

  • Kinesiology and sport science will move from Delzell to new the new building, which will be called the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. See the project details and watch the latest construction update video at (Occupational therapy and physical therapy will move into the new space in summer 2017.)
  • Basketball, volleyball and athletic administration offices will move from the DakotaDome to the new complex.
  • The math department will relocate from Dakota Hall to Patterson Hall.
  • Communication studies will move from Beacom Hall to Dakota Hall.
  • Postal serves will be housed in the Continuing Education Building.

Among the other projects to be completed this year:

  • New restroom and storage building for the new track and soccer complex.
  • Replace the roof on the South Dakota Union.
  • Update classroom 205 in the I.D. Weeks Library.
  • In Noteboom Hall, replace the chiller and pumps and install a dehumidification system; replace existing single-pane windows on the south side with energy efficient windows; replace existing flooring on the first floor with sheet vinyl; replace some of the existing furniture with hospital-grade quality furniture.
  • Complete roof repairs on Old Main.
  • Upgrade some campus exterior lights on buildings with LED light fixtures.
  • Replace the flooring in wing B of Coyote Village with carpet tiles.
  • Renovate the laundry and electrical room in Coyote Village.
  • On the Sioux Falls campus, replace the carpet in all offices,hallways, classrooms and conference rooms of the Wegner Health Science Center.

All 2016 projects should be completed by August.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News