Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF)
Image: Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects
- Construction for the new $44.8 million science and engineering building is underway and will open for classes and research fall of 2013.
- Funding for construction of the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility, or ISELF, began Fall 2011, thanks to the capital improvements bonding bill (PDF) passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton.
- “ISELF will move St. Cloud State into the forefront of interdisciplinary education and the discovery of integrated solutions to complex practical problems,” said President Earl H. Potter III. “This is a great day for our university.”
- The university has spent $2.5-million planning ISELF, including $900,000 from the 2008 Legislature and $1.6-million in savings from the 2009 Brown Hall renovation. The bonding bill provides about $42.3 million.
- ISELF will be the largest single construction project, measured in dollars, in Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system history.
- The construction project will create 325 on-site jobs, directly support nearly 150 off-site jobs and indirectly impact another 480 off-site jobs, according to Dan McKay of McGough, the St. Paul-based construction manager at risk.
- The 100,000 square-foot science research and teaching facility is being built at 8th Street South and 2nd Avenue. Classrooms and labs are slated to serve mostly upper-level and graduate-level science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medical technology and radiology classes.
- Research in ISELF will support Minnesota companies that are global leaders in medical devices, pharma/biologics, animal science, bio-agriculture and renewable energy. St. Cloud State faculty and students will be able to do more collaborative research with businesses and earn more National Science Foundation grants, said David DeGroote, dean of the College of Science and Engineering.
- "ISELF is about putting people in the same physical space to interact and collaborate around projects that are cross-disciplinary," DeGroote said. "That's how work gets done in the real world."
- The facility is also a response to rising enrollment in 10 science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors. Those majors saw enrollments jump from 749 to 1,032 between fall 2006 and fall 2010, according to research by the university's Office of Strategy, Planning & Effectiveness.
- ISELF is the crowning jewel in St. Cloud State's three-part Science Initiative, which includes the $14.5-million addition to the Robert H. Wick Science Building and the $13.6-million renovation of Brown Hall, both completed in 2009.
- From start to finish, the ISELF project has received unwavering support from St. Cloud area legislators, according to Potter.
- Potter said he is thankful for the support of alumni such as Joel Goergen ’86, chief scientist at Force Ten Networks in San Jose, Calif., the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce and business partners, including Medtronic in Fridley and MicroBioLogics, Inc. of St. Cloud, and our Central Minnesota legislative delegation.
- University officials developed ISELF in partnership with Vice Chancellor Laura King and the staff at MnSCU offices in St. Paul.
- ISELF was designed by Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects, St. Paul. St. Paul-based McGough is the construction manager at risk.
- The bonding bill (PDF) calls for the State of Minnesota to borrow $531 million for capital improvements by selling state bonds.
National Hockey & Event Center
Construction to being on the National Hockey & Event Center
On Monday, April 30, 2012, excavation for the National Hockey Center expansion will begin. The construction fencing will be installed in 2 phases:
From Monday, April 30 through Sunday, May 6: See the attachment for this layout (A-First Phase) A - First Phase
- Fencing will be installed around just the excavation area excavation.
- Pedestrian traffic will still be allowed on the east side of the Hockey Center, along 3rd Avenue South.
- Access to the south side of the National Hockey Center will be closed and so pedestrian traffic will be redirected to the Northeast entrance through Husky Paylot or the West ticket office, concourse level.
- Herb Brooks Way will be closed.
- 2 gates will be installed at each side. Appropriate signage will be installed informing drivers of the closure.
Starting Monday, May 7: See the attachment for this layout (B-Second Phase) B - Second Phase
- The fencing will be expanded on the west side of the NHC, the 4th Ave. S. side of the building, blocking pedestrian access. Working with the city, concrete barriers will be placed in the street to allow pedestrians to walk north up 4th Avenue during construction. Temporary stairs will be constructed where the fence runs back to the NHC to allow access to the sidewalk along the west side of the NHC.
- Pedestrian access along the east side will be provided via a temporary bituminous walk way along the north edge of K lot. A temporary cross walk and curb cut will be added to allow accessible access to this sidewalk.
- Herb Brooks Way will continue to be closed.
Starting Tuesday, May 8th, the Operations Office for the National Hockey Center will temporarily been relocated to a construction trailer North of the building.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact:
Facilities Management 308-3166
Public Safety 308-3333
- An appropriation of $6.5 million was made in the 2008 legislative session to design, construct, furnish, and equip an addition to the National Hockey Center.
- The addition, along with some renovation, is intended to improve spectator access and experience, building operating facilities, training and locker room facilities for on-ice participants, and increase flexibility of use.
- Final parameters of the project have been set, including expected fund raising goals to enhance the project.
- JLG Architects of Alexandria, Minneapolis, and Grand Forks, Minnesota, is the architect.
- The St. Cloud firm of Hagemeister & Mack Architects, Inc., is the associated architect.
- Construction documents are done.
- Donlar Construction has been selected as the construction manager at risk.
- Construction procurement for the first phase is expected to begin spring of 2012.
Case/Hill Residence Halls
Elness Swenson Graham Architects, Inc.
- The current construction cost estimate is $10.2 million; total project cost is estimated to be $12.2 million.
- Mortenson Construction has been engaged to act as the construction manager at risk.
- Construction started in Case/Hill in January, 2012.
- Students and student health center will remain in the building until May, 2012. These services will temporarily relocate to Shoemaker West over the 2012 summer while Hill Hall is being remodeled and relocate back into Hill Hall for fall semester 2012.
- 340 beds will be returned for use.
- Highlights of the project include:
- All residential room doors will be widened for improved accessibility
- Improved heating controls
- Safety upgrades, including cameras, card access doors and an area of refuge for improved safety for mobility-impaired students
- Upgrade entire plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems
- All new room furniture (beds, desks and wardrobes) are planned
- The entire lower commons level will be remodeled to provide new study rooms, kitchen, laundry and TV viewing room. The upper level will be remodeled to improve security, create a more comfortable lounge area, and improve accessibility