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 Tour Civil Engineering Building — July 20

Chamber After Hours at UMD


Tuesday, July 20, 5 - 6:30 pm

The UMD Alumni Association and the Swenson College of Science and Engineering invite you to After Hours, the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce networking event, at the new Swenson Civil Engineering Building on Tuesday, July 20, from 5 to 6:30 pm.

Enjoy appetizers, a host bar and prize drawings. Be among the first to tour this beautiful, functional, state-of-the art building located at 1405 University Drive.

View research projects of engineering students, including a Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) car and a “clean” snowmobile.

Please pay at the door: $3 for Chamber members, $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is appreciated. Please call the Chamber office at 218-722-5501 or by registering on-line.

Free parking in Lot G adjacent to the buildings entrance is available.

For info contact:, 218-726-7164,

Register on-line



Specialized teaching and research laboratories as well as classrooms, computer labs, and administrative offices are located in this 34,000 gross square foot, two-story building. The building features "Engineering on Display." Of the six laboratories, two reach two-stories and their glass walls allow views from outside the buildings as well as from the hall. The large laboratories expose the building's structure, providing examples of engineering principles.

A large flume (water flow channel) and rainfall demonstration table is featured in one of the labs. The roof scuppers provide an education in water engineering. The runoff flows into rings containing stone to filter water before it is routed back through the storm water system.

The second large lab contains two 15-ton hydraulic cranes able to lift large sections of concrete and other structural elements for evaluation and strength testing. All six laboratories provide hands-on student learning experience.

The building has earned the LEED Certified GOLD Award. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a rating system that evaluates the environmental sustainability of building design, construction and operation.

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