The construction of a major building project in the region is right on track.

The construction of a major building project in the region is right on track. Lake Region State College President Dr. Doug Darling says that the expansion and renovation of the Erlandson Technical Center on campus is going extremely well. Despite a tough winter and a deep frost, contractors have done an excellent job to keep the project moving along, he told the Journal during an interview Thursday.

"We are very pleased with where we are at right now," Darling commented. "Our goal is to have the building finished by mid-August and completely ready to go by the beginning of the school year."

Groundbreaking for the $5.9 Million project, funded by the North Dakota Legislature, was held in October. Much of the work began in early November before winter held the project off until spring.

The addition will include 24,000 to 25,000 sq. ft. of new space to the college campus. Much of the expansion will be used for the Lake Region State College Nursing Program. There will also be classrooms for the wind and automotive technology departments as well as a number of different labs.

"Additional space was a definite need here at Lake Region. The expansion will allow us the opportunity to take in additional nursing students. We also have been able to add a number of needed classrooms," he commented.
In addition to the expansion of the Erlandson Technical Center, the existing space will also be renovated. The college is currently fundraising towards the renovation of the building to receive a matching grant through the state.

"We have received excellent support through donors," Darling commented.
The entire project finishing up is a fitting end to an excellent school year, the president noted. From success in the classroom to extracurricular and athletic awards, 2013 and 2014 have been good to Lake Region State College.

"It really has been a tremendous year here," Darling stated. "The completion of the Erlandson Technical Center expansion will be a great way to start the next school year. It's a very exciting time."