Discovery District moving forward with infrastructure, building plans

The USD Discovery District, an 80-acre contemporary corporate and academic research park under development in Sioux Falls, has awarded the contract for its initial infrastructure construction to Runge Enterprises, Inc. of Sioux Falls.


Ten bid proposals were submitted for the project. Runge Enterprises’ bid of $1.214 million was selected after the EDA, Discovery District and its civil engineer evaluated the bids on cost and other criteria. The project includes 2,800 feet, of the anticipated 11,000 feet, of roads and public utilities (water and sewer) that will allow for the first buildings on the site. Construction is already underway.



The Discovery District is also currently requesting statements of interest and qualifications to select a preferred development partner for one or more research and advanced manufacturing facilities. The first anticipated project slated for development will be an approximately 25,000 square foot multi-tenant research facility to be completed by October 1, 2018. In addition to having two potential tenants identified for this first facility, other companies have provided specifications for a biopharmaceutical manufacturing and laboratory facility and an animal research laboratory. The request is available at:




The Discovery District planned innovation community, adjacent to the University Center in northwest Sioux Falls, will provide access to research facilities and infrastructure for research business development, which will create new jobs and foster collaboration for the commercialization of new technologies. At full build out, the direct economic impact is projected to include 26 privately developed buildings with facility construction value exceeding $314 million and nearly 2,800 people employed by companies located in the District.

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