Redefining the Classroom

Capital campaign exceeds goal, ground gets broken for South Hall

Posted: May 3rd, 2014

RENOVATION LIFT-OFF – Officials from state and local government join Lake Superior State University's president, its cabinet, Board, alumni, friends, and students in breaking ground to renovate Lake State's venerable South Hall in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on May 2. Over its 100 year history, the building has housed Army soldiers, a college bookstore, teacher education, and a counseling center, until finally providing office and classroom space for business and economics until 2005, when it was mothballed. The project includes rebuilding the existing 32,000 square-foot building with much-needed infrastructure upgrades as well as classroom and office renovations. The second project component is an addition of approximately 12,000 square feet to connect the original two wings and form an atrium that creates an interactive commons with an expanded café, new program rooms, and support space. The $12 million renovation – a third of which was raised through donations and gifts – will house LSSU's Lukenda School of Business beginning in the fall of 2015. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – Lake Superior State University Foundation Board chair Chuck Schmidt and executive director Tom Coates (left to right) hand off a ceremonial check to LSSU president Tony McLain and Trustee chair Pat Egan on May 2 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The $3.6 million amount caps a three-year capital campaign that exceeded its goal to supplement a $9 million State appropriation to renovate LSSU's South Hall into the new Lukenda School of Business. Construction runs through this year into 2015, when the building opens for classes in the fall. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Tom Coates, LSSU Foundation, e-mail, 635-6670.