Momentum At The Mount: MMC Fieldhouse Taking Shape; Residence Hall Work Set To Begin
17 Dec 2019
Community Growth, Education, Community
now may be flying and winter is officially less than a week away, but construction season is still in full swing on the campus of Mount Marty College (MMC).
The Ruth Donohoe First Dakota Fieldhouse and its neighbor — a brand new residence hall — remain on schedule for completion ahead of the 2020 fall semester.
MMC Vice President of Operations Chad Altwine told the Press & Dakotan that a lot of work has been done on the fieldhouse over the last couple of months.
“We’re getting the walls put up around it and we’re starting to run plumbing, mechanical and HVAC stuff on the inside,” he said. “We’re starting to put in fire sprinkler systems, most of the floors are all poured and we’re starting to put in rough-ins for the bathrooms.”
He said that the $15 million project remains on schedule and that there haven’t been any weather-related setbacks in the last couple of months.
“We’ve got ourselves pretty much enclosed for what we need to be doing,” he said. “We should have the building completely enclosed by the middle of January.”
While the framework is largely finished for the fieldhouse itself, walls have yet to be fully placed, along with the roof. Other athletic spaces such as training areas and locker rooms have been enclosed and work is proceeding on a number of interior spaces.
“We’ll get the big ‘box’ portion of the building closed in and start to run systems in there,” Altwine said. “We’ll continue to put drywall and finishes in the lower-roof section of the building — which is enclosed and heated right now, so we can work in there in pretty much any weather.”
The 100,000-square-foot fieldhouse is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 1.
As the fieldhouse continues to take shape, groundwork is slated to begin this week on the recently announced 96-bed residence hall.