Capital Projects

New buildings for athletics and Health Sciences, and significant renovations to the Law School and Fine Arts buildings will enhance the physical campus and strengthen our outstanding academic and athletic programs. The expansion of the National Music Museum and the Native American Academic Center will enhance cultural options for students, the community and scholars from around the world. In total, Onward: The Campaign for South Dakota will raise $112 million for capital projects.

ATHLETICS: $57,000,000
The NCAA Division I Athletics Department gives student-athletes the opportunity to earn a college degree and develop their athletic abilities. Addition of the following facilities will enable the department to compete on a broader scale.

  • Basketball/Volleyball Arena: $32,000,000
  • Dakota Dome Renovation: $16,000,000
  • Center for Student Excellence: $5,000,000
  • Track/Soccer Stadium: $4,000,000

FINE ARTS: $25,350,000
Significant renovation of the Fine Arts building is needed to meet student needs. Improvements include an elevator that meets ADA standards, updated classrooms, labs, practice facilities and performance areas.

LAW SCHOOL RENOVATION: $15,000,000 
To ensure the University of South Dakota continues to attract the best students, we must provide the advanced facilities expected from the state’s flagship university. Renovations to the existing building include the construction of new, technologically sophisticated rooms, a re purposed library, remodeled classrooms, an expanded courtroom that will create a functional learning environment to the students and the public they will serve. 

HEALTH SCIENCES BUILDING: $35,000,000
While half of Health Science programs are housed in the Lee Medical Building, construction of this new 100,000 square foot structure would bring together its nine clinical programs — including Nursing, Social Work, Communication Disorders and Dental Hygiene — to deliver the collaborative learning that prepares students for today’s team-oriented patient-centered health care.

NATIONAL MUSIC MUSEUM EXPANSION: $12,000,000
What started as a collection of 2,500 instruments has grown to include over 15,000 instruments from around the world. In order to provide new programs, additional gallery space and technological features, the museum will expand to the South Dakota Union. An atrium will link the two structures.

NATIVE AMERICAN ACADEMIC CENTER: $5,000,000  
This renovation will transform the existing Continuing and Distance Education building into the Native American Academic Center, a 20,000 square foot facility that will house the Native American Studies Department, Institute for American Indian Studies and Oral History Center. The building will also include gallery space for the University's Oscar Howe collections and other Native American art.