South Central College (SCC) held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony today to commemorate the completion of the renovation project on the college’s North Mankato Campus valued at more than $11 million.

“This celebration of the completion of our Renovation 2020 project represents an important milestone for our college, our students, and the community,” said SCC President Annette Parker. “Beyond the improved overall aesthetics at the college, this renovation provides an environment for student success with the services they need in one area, spaces for collaboration, enhanced classrooms and sophisticated new labs that provide hands on experiences in advanced manufacturing, agriculture and healthcare, our region’s three largest industries.”      

The project also included many infrastructure upgrades to enhance energy efficiency and comfort throughout the campus, including replacing large sections of the roof and four HVAC units (three that were installed in 1968 and one that was installed in 1986).     

Construction of the Renovation 2020 project began in Spring 2019 and was completed in Spring 2020, with students coming back this fall to a transformed campus. 

The project was funded through $9.6 million in bonding dollars SCC received from the legislature in 2017, approximately $1 million from the college’s own reserves and a total of $750,000 from donors to SCC’s North Mankato Campus Foundation. These contributions included $75,000 in countertops from Cambria and funding from eight industry partners who supported three specific lab areas. SCC will hold special ribbon cutting ceremonies later this month for the labs to celebrate the companies whose generous support helped make them possible.

The architectural firm for the project was DLR Group and the General Contractor was Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, with many subcontractors from the region.