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 Build It! New Civil Engineering Building and Hockey Arena Approved

UMD Benefits from Bonding Bill

The Civil Engineering Building will be located on the east side of campus, near the Library
The University of Minnesota Duluth has a lot to celebrate. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a bonding bill on April 7 that includes a new UMD civil engineering building and a Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC) expansion featuring a new hockey rink for UMD athletic use.

The Civil Engineering Building
The UMD request in the bonding bill includes $10 million for the civil engineering building which will house the new civil engineering program that starts this fall. The building is planned to open in fall 2010. The total cost of the building is $15 million. The university will contribute $2 million, and $3 million will come from the Swenson Family Foundation. The new structure will include state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, classrooms, and administrative offices. Many of the materials and methods used by civil engineers are necessary in the construction of this building. Those construction elements will be made visible to provide an important educational opportunity for students. The design of the building will serve as a laboratory in construction methods.

The new program, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, will focus on four areas critical to northeastern Minnesota: transportation, geotechnical, water resources, and structures.

Artists concept of the proposed arena
A DECC Hockey Arena

The DECC, Duluth's waterfront entertainment and convention facility, will receive $38 million in renovation dollars for a new arena in the state bonding bill.

Primarily, the DECC will add a new ice hockey arena for UMD hockey teams. It will replace the DECC's current arena which has been in use since 1966. The new, larger arena will seat 6,630 for hockey, or 8,200 for other events like concerts.


UMD Recent Building Projects Include:
Library, $26 million, open 2000
Weber Music Hall, $9.2 million, open 2002
Kirby Plaza, $20 million, open 2004
James I. Swenson Science Building, 33 million, open 2005
Sports and Health Center Addition $13 million, open 2006
Life Science Renovation, $15 million, open 2006
Labovitz School of Business & Economics $23 million, planned opening 2008
Bagley Environmental Classroom, planned opening 2009
Civil Engineering Building, $15 million, planned opening 2010

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