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Published August 09, 2013, 07:03 PM

Minard Hall is finally free of construction

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Students passing NDSU's Minard Hall may notice something strange when they return to campus no construction.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Students passing NDSU's Minard Hall may notice something strange when they return to campus no construction.

Workers are finally wrapping up a 4-year project that began as an addition and renovation, but changed when part of the building collapsed.

Some NDSU students likely spent their entire four years here without seeing this, a Minard Hall free of construction.

Many departments are finally moving into what will be their permanent spaces ahead of the Fall semester.

It has been four years in the making, but the hassle of dealing with construction at NDSU's Minard Hall is over at long last.

Jim Council- Psychology Department Chair: "Relief. It's just feeling like, okay, it's finally over."

An addition and renovation began in 2009, but it became a bigger project after the North wall collapsed during winter break of that year.

Since then, several departments have had to split up and move multiple times.

Council: "We are in our final space; we don't have to move again, we can take stuff out of boxes."

For students, the constant noise and ever changing entrance closures made it more difficult to get around.

Without permanent labs, faculty and graduate students in the Psychology department say getting research done was tough.

Jessica Holmin- Graduate Student: "I spent a lot of my time running between here because my office was down in the North area and Morrill hall which isn't a huge deal but when it's minus 40 outside it isn't pleasant."

Now, they say they have plenty of lab space and are happy with how the building turned out.

Council: "We've had things scattered over campus and kind of crummy facilities and finally we have some nice new space and we're all together.”

The original building renovation was set to cost about 18 million dollars, but the collapse added to that about 3 million dollars.

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