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USD Discovery District construction begins; groundbreaking Thursday

May 18, 2017

Construction has begun on the roads and utilities needed to open the University of South Dakota Discovery District, an 80-acre corporate and research park bound for northwest Sioux Falls.

The roads under construction will open access to eight building sites, including the location of the first project at the development, a multi-tenant research facility expected to be completed in fall 2018.

A formal groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the site, adjacent to the University Center at 4801 N. Career Ave.

“We are excited to see the equipment rolling and the dirt moving,” said USD Discovery District president Rich Naser. “These first two streets will provide an urban landscape and modern ‘main street’ feel and to attract entrepreneurs, researchers, students and visitors for work, education and entertainment.”

Background: USD Discovery District hits development 'tipping point'

Sioux Falls-based contractor Runge Enterprises Inc. is building the initial 2,800 feet of roads, water and sewer lines. Runge won the $1.2 million contract in March.

When complete, the district is expected to contain 26 privately developed buildings, and hold 2,800 employees.

Anchors for the park include the University Center, the Graduate Education and Applied Research (GEAR) and USD’s Biomedical Engineering Program.
The district is a public-private partnership effort between USD, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the City of Sioux Falls, the South Dakota Board of Regents and Forward Sioux Falls.

Courtesy: Jeremy J Fugleberg, Argus Leader