Groundbreakings illustrate economic diversity

Groundbreaking activities hosted by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation provide a window into the current state of growth in the Sioux Falls region—and the diversity of our growing economy. This year will see 15 SFDF hosted groundbreaking ceremonies—more than double last year’s total. Projects announced this year at groundbreaking ceremonies will carry through into next year’s building season and be the newest business operations of 2018.



Bookending the groundbreaking season were major construction plans by the health services sector, as both Sanford and Avera broke ground. In March, Sanford announced the construction of a 42,000 square foot multi-purpose clinic, a $21 million project bringing services to the west side of Sioux Falls at 32nd Street and Ellis Road. On August 22, ceremonies celebrated the kickoff of the $174 million, 210,000 square foot Avera on Louise Health Campus, with orthopedics and sports medicine, gastroenterology, rheumatology and internal medicine services all in one location.



“Groundbreaking” had another meaning for several of the projects begun this summer. The 205,000 square foot, $40 million Win Chill facility is the first company in Foundation Park, the state’s only megasite. The USD Discovery District, an 80-acre contemporary corporate and academic research park, broke ground for the initial roads and utilities that will provide the foundation and main intersection for the innovative development district. The Copper Pass apartment complex is one of the first to meet Passive building standards, achieving a highly rigorous benchmark for energy efficiency, and reducing its overall environmental footprint. The new Gage Brothers concrete production plant, a $40 million, 260,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility, will revolutionize the way concrete building components are made in the midwest. And SAB Biotherapeutics broke ground October 5 for their first 80-acre “pharm” in South Dakota. Governor Dennis Daugaard was on hand for all of these groundbreaking ceremonies, underscoring their innovative potential for our state’s economy.



Commercial businesses were well-represented on this year’s groundbreaking schedule, with ceremonies marking the new 25,000 square foot headquarters for Hegg, Realtors—an expansion that mirrors the explosive real estate market growth in the Sioux Falls region—and a new location for Reliabank Dakota, a $6.5 million building in southwest Sioux Falls at 86th Street and Dakota Hawk Avenue, with 14,960 square feet on two stories.



The Dow Rummel senior living campus broke ground for a $30.5 million, 81,000 square foot, two-story building and Lloyd Companies announced plans for The Cascade, a full-service, 200-unit downtown apartment complex. Sioux Falls Rotary clubs got into the groundbreaking spirit for Rotary Centennial Plaza at the mouth of the 10th Street Bridge and River Road. The Siouxland Heritage Museums expansion project broke ground officially on October 12, and October 30 is the date for the LIFE 96.5 and University of Northwestern-St. Paul building. The much-anticipated groundbreaking for the City of Sioux Falls downtown rail yard project will be held on November 8.



Sioux Falls is actively building a better future—and the Sioux Falls Development Foundation groundbreaking ceremonies are the bridge linking the blueprints of today to the buildings of 2018.


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