The final crown

A dedication ceremony for the Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering Building at South Dakota State University was held April 24 in the building’s atrium. The AME will open for classes in fall 2015.

The 62,000-square-foot Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering Building is the latest facility upgrade in the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering. Lew Brown, dean of the college, has called the building the “final crown” in a 13-year period of construction projects.

The $17 million building will have the architecture department on the third floor, the mathematics and statistics department on the second and mechanical engineering, construction and operations management departments and shared laboratory space on the first floor.

The architecture department, which is part of the College of Arts and Sciences and will be in the upcoming School of Design, graduated its first class of bachelor’s degree students in May 2014.

The AME Building was built using private funds and the Higher Education Facilities Fund, which collects 20 percent of tuition and fee dollars for purposes that include maintenance and repairs to existing facilities and to build and equip new facilities.

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