College of Science and Engineering
St. Cloud State adds skyway as part of ISELF construction
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
When the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility opens this fall at St. Cloud State University, students will be able to travel between five campus buildings without stepping outdoors.
University officials have added a skyway to connect ISELF to the system that includes Atwood Memorial Center, Centennial Hall, Brown Hall and Wick Science Building.
Construction of the skyway went on last week and this week, according to Ben Holmberg, construction site manager for McGough Construction.
The skyway, which will cost less than $1 million and connect ISELF to Wick, was added after construction bids for the 100,000-square-foot building came in lower than the $4.8 million estimated for the project that is paid for with state dollars.
“It’s huge. We try to add skyways wherever we can because students like them,” said John Frischmann, facilities and construction coordinator for St. Cloud State University.
“It increases foot traffic in the building.”
The 100-foot addition to St. Cloud State’s skyway system might be a drawing point for students from warmer climates concerned about Minnesota’s cold winters.
“You could walk from Atwood to ISELF in your PJs,” and stay warm and dry, Frischmann said.
Dan Gregory, who will serve as interim dean for the college of science and engineering for the next year, said the skyway was essential for a building such as ISELF that will contain animals and chemical storage.
The skyway will allow those animals and chemicals to to be moved between the science buildings without having to go outside in unstable and unpredictable weather.
“It really opens the the transportation between those two building particularly in the winter time,” Gregory said.
The Legislature approved the money for the ISELF building, which had long been a St. Cloud State priority, in 2011. Construction started in 2012 and is expected to be completed by late July.
Staff will move in during August and students will get a look when school opens the third week of August.
Dave Aeikens, St. Cloud Times, June 4, 2013