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 Record Growth Impacts Facilities


Record Growth Impacts Facilities

Sports and Health Center Addition
Labovitz School of Business and Economics
Pharmacy Expansion and UMD space

Five years of record student enrollment growth at the University of Minnesota Duluth has put a strain on UMD. With enrollment over 10,000, UMD is nearing full capacity. The physical plant is challenged already and judging from the past few years, more students are expected. In order for UMD to keep its renowned reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, UMD needs to expand its facilities.

The Recreational Sports addition, a $12 million project with $4 million coming from student fees, continues to be the highest campus priority. Design work for this building is being completed now and with full support, it could be ready for construction later this summer.
Planning money for the Labovitz School of Business and Economics ($2.25 million) is important to UMD. The university has already received a $4.5 million gift from the Labovitz family to assist with construction for the new building. The Life Science Renovation and College of Pharmacy permanent space is also important to UMD. The Life Science building, built in 1968, needs interior remodeling, hazardous material abatement, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

UMD is one of Minnesota’s finest public universities and improvements in these facilities will help us maintain that level of quality by providing for the academic, cultural and social needs of our students.


About the Sports and Health Center Addition

“The students on the UMD campus initiated this project and have supported it from the start. We have well above the national average of students participating in recreation sports — over 90% of UMD students participate. The current facility is absolutely maxed. For instance, we have to stand in line to use the weight room. Every year we turn intramural teams away and that’s why, when the campus held a referendum, students voted to commit over $4 million in student services fees to the project. Life fitness is crucial. If you’re not active, you aren’t going to be a good student.”
— Matthew DeWerff, Business and Economics major

The building will accommodate the students’ requests to bring additional activities to campus. Throughout each day, the large, open multipurpose space will host a large variety of activities such as roller sports, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball, and table tennis to name a few. A large, open, fitness and weight training space for recreation sports use will include cardio-vascular equipment and free weights. The fitness rooms will house group fitness classes including kickboxing, yoga, aerobics and spinning. Conditioning space for varsity athletics will contain the best and latest in weight-training equipment and aerobic machines.
This facility would enable individuals to improve total fitness, develop healthy lifestyle habits that they could take with them for the rest of their lives, improve sport and outdoor recreation skills, meet and interact with others, increase their energy level and endurance, reduce stress, and realize the positive rewards from an active lifestyle.

Needing Room to Grow
When the existing recreational sports building was completed in 1987, the campus enrollment was 7,300. Enrollment has increased 35% to 10,000 for the fall of 2003. With increased student enrollment comes increased demand for physical and recreational space. During the 2000-01 school year, approximately 1,000 students were turned away from intramural participation due to a lack of space, and waiting lines to the existing weightroom became commonplace. UMD’s existing recreational/physical education/athletic space of 62,339 square feet is far below the Minnesota Facilities Model Space Standard of 107,150 feet for 9,000 students.

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About the Labovitz School of Business and Economics

"The Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) will be located in an area of Minnesota that sorely needs business education and economic development. Providing qualified business professionals is critical for the economy of the region and the state. UMD graduate and extraordinary entrepreneur, Joel Labovitz, has seen the tremendous growth in LSBE’s enrollment, and made an investment in the future of our region and the state. “The current Labovitz School of Business and Economics has outgrown its physical space. In addition, it doesn’t meet the needs of today’s students. It was built for business, economics and management education concepts that are 30 years old.”
— Kjell R. Knudsen, LSBE Dean

The new building will include three major academic components: Business, Economics, and Accounting. It will provide faculty, administrative, and student support, as well as office spaces, general-purpose computer capable classrooms, specialized academic teaching laboratory spaces, and student gathering/study space. General-purpose classrooms, specialized teaching spaces and required support spaces will be allocated 16,600 square feet within the new building.

LSBE offers undergraduate degree programs in accounting and business administration. The school also offers MBA programs in Duluth and Rochester. It has 39 full time faculty members and 1672 students were enrolled during the 2002-2003 school year. This is a 19% increase since 1999. The school is accredited by the AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

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Pharmacy Expansion and UMD space
With the construction of the new James I. Swenson Science building, much of the Life Science Building will be vacated. Renovation of the existing space is proposed to accommodate the expansion of the Pharmacy Program to the Duluth Campus, and portions of UMD’s chemistry and biology programs. In addition to interior remodeling for proposed research and instructional activities, hazardous material abatement and building systems improvements (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) are necessary. During start-up of the program, the College of Pharmacy is using old library space that is inappropriate for its long-term use. A renovated Life Science building, located adjacent to the Medical School and the new Swenson Science Building, will better serve the long-term needs of the College of Pharmacy and will provide contiguous space for UMD’s chemistry and biology departments.

A Place to Call Home College of Pharmacy
Last fall, 52 students began their studies at UMD’s new College of Pharmacy. Emphasizing rural pharmacology, the College is aligning itself with the School of Medicine’s Rural Health Program. The renovated Life Science Building will serve as the permanent home of the College of Pharmacy, further linking the two schools.

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Posted March 9, 2004.


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