Swenson Civil Engineering Building Opens
UMD held grand opening ceremonies June 28 for the spectacular $15 million Swenson Civil Engineering building. The state-of-the-art teaching/training center houses the new Bachelor of Science degree program in Civil Engineering which admitted its first freshman students in the fall of 2008. The first class graduates in the spring of 2012.
Of the six total laboratories, two are exceptionally large--reaching two-stories high with full glass walls providing "Engineering on Display" from the hallways as well as the outside. These "mega labs" showcase to all viewers (students, the UMD community, and visitors) the work that civil engineers actually do. (read more)
New State-of-the-Art Outdoor Teaching Lab
Sustainable Design and Construction
Designed by internationally noted Duluth architect, David Salmela, with construction and landscaping done entirely by the staff of the UMD Department of Facilities Management, the 2,000 square foot classroom rests quietly in the woods covered in zinc siding with a green veil of vegetation on the roof.
Primarily used by the UMD Department of Biology for science instruction ranging from general biology labs to the study of ecosystem ecology, ornithology and entomology, the Classroom will also be used for environmental studies, geography studies, teacher education, outdoor management/operations studies, art/drawing, recreational outdoor programs, and early childhood learning activities. (read more)