Oct 1st, 2013 @ 8:30 am | Author: Greg Vanney
Valley City State University will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the renovated and expanded L.D. Rhoades Science Center on the VCSU campus on Friday, Oct. 4, at 1:30 p.m.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will include remarks by Drew Wrigley, North Dakota lieutenant governor; Steven W. Shirley, VCSU president; Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota superintendent of public instruction and VCSU alumna; and Ray Holmberg, North Dakota District 17 state senator and chair of the appropriations committee.

Also presenting will be Joe Stickler, VCSU professor emeritus of science; Erika Schumacher, VCSU alumna and Dickinson veterinarian; and Larry Robinson, VCSU alumnus and executive director of university advancement, and North Dakota District 24 state senator.

The open house immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday will include refreshments, tours of the building, demonstrations and academic offerings.

Tours of Rhoades Science Center will also be available during an open house Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rhoades Science Center underwent an intensive renovation and expansion, with construction beginning in November 2011. The 27,000 sq. ft. expansion was put into service in January 2013, and the 33,000 sq. ft. renovation of existing space was completed in August 2013.

The project, supported by the State Board of Higher Education, Governor Jack Dalrymple, and the North Dakota Legislature, was funded by a $10.3 million appropriation in the 2011 North Dakota legislative session.

Housed in Rhoades Science Center are classrooms, laboratories and offices for the VCSU science and math departments, and offices and facilities for the university’s information technology services. The Great Plains STEM Education Center is also housed in the building, as is VCSU’s collaborative nursing program with Dakota College at Bottineau.

The first capital construction project for an academic facility at VCSU in 40 years, the construction and renovation of Rhoades Science Center was delivered on time and at budget. The building features a new heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system, along with new mechanical and electrical systems.

To the extent possible, the design and construction of the Rhoades addition and renovation followed standards set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). VCSU has applied for and is anticipating LEED certification for the building.

Construction and design on Rhoades Science Center was done by the following firms: JLG Architects (architect); JP Structures, Inc. (general contractor); Midwest Mechanical Construction LLC (mechanical contractor); Dakota Electric Construction Company Inc. (electrical contractor); Innovative Laboratory Systems, Inc. (laboratory design consultant); Kadrmas, Lee, & Jackson (civil engineer); Heyer Engineering, Inc. (structural engineer); Obermiller Nelson Engineering (mechanical engineer); Ulteig Engineers (electrical engineer); and Land Elements (landscape architect).

Rhoades Science Center is named for L.D. “Dusty” Rhoades, who taught chemistry and physics at VCSU from 1919 to 1961.