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BSC Construction Updates
                                                                     Updates will be posted regularly.
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September 17, 2014

The south entrance of the Jack Science Center will be closed for approximately one week starting Wednesday, Sept. 17 to allow crews to add a footing for the passageway between JSC and the new Communications and Creative Arts Center. The south door will be used as an emergency exit only during this timeframe. Signs will direct all foot traffic to the main entrance of JSC.



September 12, 2014

Starting the week of September 15, week JE Dunn will be working on the temporary walls on the east end of the Jack Science Center and some of the brick work outside of the greenhouse area. This should be completed by the end of the week.



September 10, 2014

Construction on the new Communications and Creative Arts Center is now underway at Bismarck State College.  

Designed by JLG Architects, the 40,000 square foot Communications and Creative Arts Center will bring BSC's English and Visual Arts departments together into a modern space. It also will replace the library with a 21st century learning commons.

The center includes full library offerings, studio spaces, a campus gallery, eight high-tech classrooms, and faculty office space. Situated in the heart of the BSC campus at the corner of Edwards Avenue and Schafer Street, the center has views of the Missouri River, Capitol building, Tom O'Leary Golf Course, and downtown Bismarck. The center will be connected by skyways to Schafer Hall and the Jack Science Center. An arts courtyard will provide outdoor space.
Communications & Creative Arts Center
A number of sustainable elements were included in the building design including:
  • Maximized natural daylight
  • Utilization of existing utilities, irrigation system and infrastructure
  • Integration of indigenous plant species into landscaping
  • Low-flow water fixtures
  • Use of low-e materials to manage indoor air quality
  • LED exterior lighting
The center was proposed in 2012 after a structural study showed severe disrepair and structural issues within the current BSC library building. The North Dakota Legislature provided $12.7 million for construction and another $600,000 for non-construction activities including humanities programming and support. The North Dakota Legislature required BSC to raise $665,000 as part of the project authorization. Support from an anonymous donor as well as an Otto Bremer Foundation grant for $166,250 brought BSC to that goal.

The BSC Foundation is working toward a $6 million fundraising goal authorized by the Legislature for a theater addition.

The center is expected to be complete by summer 2015.



August 18, 2014

Beginning Aug. 19, crews will be hauling fill dirt from the stockpile NE of the Tech Center. They will be going through the Tech Center parking lot. This work is expected to be finished by the end of the week.



August 12, 2014

The East entrance to the Jack Science Center will be closed for approximately one week while crews work on the green house and the link footings.  



August 7, 2014

The Leach staff parking lot will be closed for the next 2 weeks due to work on the Schafer Hall boiler project.

Crews will be chip sealing on College Drive, Edwards Avenue and Schafer Street over the next 2-3 days. These streets will be mostly one-lane traffic with the driving lane changing every day. Once the chip sealing is completed, the streets will be covered with small pea gravel for 7-10 days. Please be aware of the lane changes, drive slowly and be cautious of crews and machinery.



July 21, 2014

Crews will begin striping the parking lot lines today. They will begin with the lots that have concrete in them first and then do the asphalt lots after the crack sealing has been done.  It will take approximately 3-4 weeks to finish all the parking lots.



July 17, 2014

The Schafer Hall boiler change out will begin this week. There will be some parking spots blocked off in the Leach staff parking lot and Jack Science Center parking lot  for the contractors' dumpster and equipment. This is scheduled for a September 30 completion date. Also, new underground heating lines going from Schafer Hall to Werner Hall are being installed so areas will be blocked off while work is done on the underground piping. This portion of the project will be completed by the time classes start on August 26.

Starting July 21 Northern Improvement will be tearing up College Drive west of the Career Academy entrance all the way to Schafer Street intersection. This will last approximately 2 weeks.

The week of August 4 contractors will start installing new heating lines from the Schafer Hall boiler room through the link to Jack Science Center and down the 3rd floor hallway in Jack Science Center. The goal is to finish this before classes start Aug 26.

Contractors will also be saw cutting the south wall of the greenhouse in Jack Science Center starting the week of August 4 to install new windows later on.  This should be completed in approximately 1 week.



July 15, 2014

The Schafer Street paving project started July 14 and will continue for approximately two weeks.



July 9, 2014

Starting Thursday, July 10, Mariner Construction will be doing major asphalt repairs in the east Technical Center parking lot, Jack Science Center faculty parking lot and the big parking lot north of the digital BSC sign on the corner of Schafer Street and College Drive.  

Sections of, and possibly all of, these lots will be closed during repairs. Crews will begin with the big patches, move on to fix the smaller patches and then start crack sealing. Updates will posted with the progress of these projects.



June 25, 2014

During the week of June 30, Edwards Avenue will be closed from the corner of Schafer and Edwards up to the Armory as crews do the sanitary sewer tie-in to the new building. The road should open again by July 4.  

BSC's Student Life department will move to the basement level of the Student Union the first week of August and remain there until the remodeling of the Union is complete, approximately January of 2015. No meeting rooms will be available in the Student Union during this timeframe.



June 20, 2014

J E Dunn will be on site starting this Saturday and Sunday.  Glass Concrete Construction will be working Saturday and Sunday till noon for the next 5 weekends.



June 19, 2014

During the week of June 23, the city will be working on the water main and storm sewer lines on campus.

One lane of traffic on Edwards will be shut down while the work lasts. The city will  provide traffic control personnel and signage while the lane is closed.



May 30, 2014

During the dirt hauling process, crews will be cleaning the streets around the construction site daily.



May 28, 2014

For the next 3-4 days trucks will be hauling top soil and fill from the Communications and Creative Arts Center construction site to the northeast corner of the Tech Center parking lot. The dirt will be stockpiled there until it is returned to the site later in the process.



May 22, 2014

Parking on Friday, May 23 will be at a premium and traffic will be heavier than usual on campus as the MDU Resources Community Bowl hosts the state track meet.

On Tuesday May 27, the Student Union will be without power. Advisors and others with laptops will be working as they are able in a variety of locations that day and available via email, but not telephone.

Beginning May 27, workers will be hauling dirt out of the Communications and Creative Arts building site. Heavy truck traffic in and out of the building area can be expected for approximately two weeks. Drivers should exercise extra caution when navigating the area.



May 14, 2014

The public is invited to the groundbreaking of the BSC Communications and Creative Arts Center on Tuesday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Edwards Ave. and Schafer St.



May 5, 2014

The Student Union will be closed on Tuesday, May 27 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. for electrical work.



April 16, 2014

The Leach Staff parking lot will be closed on Tuesday, April 22 due to lifting the HVAC equipment with the crane.

A temporary power route to provide electricity to the JE Dunn construction trailers will be put in place the week of April 28  and remain in place until June of 2015. See the map for more detail.



April 11, 2014
  • There will be NO parking in the Leach Music staff parking lot Monday, April 14. It will be blocked off to unload HVAC equipment. Starting Tuesday April 15 the corner next the Schafer Hall's boiler room will be closed off to stage the HVAC equipment until installation of the Chiller.
  • Soil boring/testing for the new housing east of Lidstrom  will begin the week of April 14.
  • Cleaning and sweeping of the parking lots will begin the week of April 14 also.
  • On April 21, workers will cone off the area in the Law Enforcement Center parking lot where the construction trailers will be located. The trailers are tentatively scheduled to arrive on April 23.
  • Temporary fencing is expected to go up on the Communications Center site around the 23rd also.



April 7, 2014

The Communications and Creative Arts Center groundbreaking will occur in April. In preparation:
  • Construction fencing will be put in place beginning the week of April 7.
  • The construction trailers will arrive on campus around April 15. They will be located in the parking lot west of the Law Enforcement Center throughout the life of the project.


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