The beam raising marks a major milestone in the construction project
UND President Andrew Armacost noted there has been significant progress on the building since the university held a groundbreaking ceremony in September, although construction work began on the 123,000-square foot building in August.
“We’ve been stunned by the progress that has gone on here,” he said during a luncheon for construction workers on Thursday.
A crane is lowered after the final beam is installed on the new Nistler College of Business & Public Administration building Thursday, April 1, 2021 on the UND campus. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
Armacost said a plaque would be installed that will list the names of all the people who will have worked on the building.
Amy Henley, dean of the Nistler college, told the construction workers that their efforts will benefit students for generations to come.
“You have built an iconic building that will be forever centered in the heart of our campus, creating connections for our campus, our students and the community as a whole,” she said.
The project is being funded by $50 million in private donations and $20 million provided by the state of North Dakota during the 2019 legislative session. The fundraising effort included a $20 million donation from Werner and Colleen Nistler.
“This building is a credit to our donors, our state lawmakers, UND leadership and, of course, all of you who are taking this dream and lifting, hammering, welding and willing it into existence,” said DeAnna Carlson Zink, CEO of the UND Alumni Association & Foundation
The tradition of having donors, dignitaries and others sign the beam before its placement has been changed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Instead, during Homecoming this fall, people will be asked to sign a magnetic sheet that will be affixed to the beam, which will be visible in the fourth-floor faculty lounge.
The goal is to have the building completed in time for the start of classes in August 2022. The construction is being managed by PCL Construction and Community Contractors.
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