A groundbreaking ceremony was held May 18 for the USD Discovery District, an 80-acre contemporary corporate and academic research park under development in Sioux Falls. Located at 4801 North Career Avenue, just west of the University Center, the urban innovation community will provide access to research facilities and infrastructure for research business development and spur innovation-driven businesses in an environment for students, researchers and entrepreneurs. When fully developed, the Discovery District will include an estimated 26 privately developed buildings and nearly 2,800 people employed by companies in the District. Anchors for the park include the University Center, the Graduate Education and Applied Research Center including its pilot-scale cGMP facility, and USD’s Biomedical Engineering Program. The development is a private-public partnership between the University of South Dakota, the Board of Regents, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Forward Sioux Falls and the City of Sioux Falls.
The Dow Rummel senior living campus is growing with the construction of a $30.5 million, 81,000 square foot two-story building. Ground was broken May 23 for the facility, which includes 30 memory care rooms wrapped around an inner courtyard with a town square where residents can enjoy a diner, library and general store. Residents will have access to those stores along with a hobby shop, laundromat and sensory room from inside the building. The second floor of the building will consist of 30 assisted living rooms with many amenities as well. A new fellowship hall is also being built beside the campus chapel and the Main Street area expanded to include a movie theater, art studio and craft room, Skype room, golf shop, computer lab and a salon offering nail care and massage therapy. In addition, a pub will give residents a sport-bar experience with lockers for beverage storage and an outdoor seating area. In total, the project will include 88,500 square feet of additions and 12,000 square feet of renovations.
Governor Daugaard helped break ground June 9 for Copper Pass at Sparta Apartments, a three-story, 30-unit apartment building located east of Highway 11 and south of 41st Street in southeast Sioux Falls. Copper Pass will achieve Passive certification, a highly rigorous standard for energy efficiency in building, reducing its overall environmental footprint. The project will consist of 14 one-bedroom units, 10 two-bedroom units and six three-bedroom units to serve families and individuals of all ages, with three units designed to accommodate persons with disabilities. All units will include a refrigerator, range, microwave/hood combo, dishwasher and washer and dryer and all will have a Passive heating and cooling system, continuous ventilation, triple paned tilt out windows, energy saving light bulbs and low flow plumbing fixtures. Built with low VOC paint and carpet, the apartments will be complete with units available for occupancy in August of 2018. The total development cost of the complex is $6.3 million.
There is better training for our workforce in Sioux Falls. A multitude of options are available to meet businesses' needs at the postsecondary level including city programs, state grants, technical training, and a new $50 million scholarship program for technical school students.Read More