Construction

Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... August 27, 2019 Show 646 Hour 1

Jim Scull has dedicated his life to building stronger communities while helping transform the lives of children and families. Scull's successful business ventures include Dakota Specialties, MAC Construction and Scull Construction.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The mayor of Sioux Falls says slumping sales tax revenue prompts him to cut the city’s capital improvements budget by more than $45.2 million. The plan broadly covers infrastructure like roads and buildings. The CIP is a rolling roadmap. The method allows leaders to adjust for different economic circumstances while planning for the next five years.

Bold black letters flash onto the projection screen at Tuesday afternoon’s capital improvement plan presentation, "Tough but necessary choices have been made."

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s two largest cities are breaking building permit records again. Rapid City is more than $50 million ahead of the previous top year. Sioux Falls is setting a record for the fourth year in a row, and the year isn't over yet.

Right now building permits in Rapid City are worth more than $310 million. Division manager of building inspections Brad Solon says Rapid City hit its previous record in November, so every permit since pushes the landmark higher.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

One woman is alive after being trapped in a collapsed building in Sioux Falls, and crews are searching for a man they believe is underneath the rubble. The building used to be home to the Copper Lounge. It was under construction and included business and living spaces.

The intersection of 10th Street and Phillips Avenue usually hums with the sound of traffic. Now it rumbles as a payloader scratches the pavement and bobcat scrapes boards and broken materials into piles. Machines tow a car from underneath bricks that tumbled down when a building collapsed.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakotans list agriculture as the number one driver of economic development. That’s according to a recent survey that polled people nationally and gathered data in three separate states. Some people’s perceptions of the economy don’t jibe directly with information from businesses. 

A Wells Fargo and USA Today survey polled South Dakotans to find out which sectors they think contribute to a healthy economy. The top responses in order were agriculture, health care, education, construction, and retail.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

New numbers from Sioux Falls officials show 2015 now holds the record for building values. City officials say the year ended with $667 million dollars’ worth of construction projects around Sioux Falls. Those span from public-private projects to commercial buildings and different housing options. Leaders say people are building housing and commercial projects all over the city, and the growth isn’t concentrated in one area.

SF High Schoolers Construct Affordable Housing

Sep 14, 2015
Erin Mairose

This week a house built by high school students is moving to a permanent home. The home is traveling down 12th street in Sioux Falls – and for a cause.

Wayne Wagner is the housing development director for Affordable Housing Solutions in Sioux Falls. The group helps low income families find cost-efficient housing while helping revitalize deteriorating neighborhoods. Wagner says a partnership with the Sioux Falls School District supports the community.

Erin Mairose

A class of high school carpentry students at the Career and Technical Education Academy is learning skills for future careers. 

Sitting in Bill Pulford’s classroom at the CTE Academy is a house.

From framing, to insulation and cabinetry, this class built the three bedroom home. Pulford says soon moving trucks are relocating the house to a permit location in Sioux Falls.  

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Sioux Falls is gaining another emergency department. Avera Health is building a new family medical center west of Interstate 29, and health leaders are including a full-service emergency room. The free-standing ER will provide quick access for people experiencing a health crisis.

By this time next year, physicians, nurses, and a care team will operate an emergency department on the west side of Sioux Falls for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Officials with the City of Sioux Falls are suing a contractor over outside panels on the newly-constructed events center. The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center opened one year ago, and metal siding showed rippling not long after. Leaders say they tried to settle with contractors, but now they turn to the courts to resolve the problem.

City Attorney Dave Pfeifle says contract documents between construction companies and the city of Sioux Falls allowed stakeholders to negotiate a fix for bulging metal siding on the new events center.

City of Sioux Falls

The value of Sioux Falls building permits in March is higher than the city has ever seen in one month. It comes in at more than $110 million. That’s $20 million more than the previous record set in April two years ago, and that came from a partial permit for the events center. 

Let’s break down the numbers. Two years ago, construction valuation for building permits in Sioux Falls during March was $64.2 million. In 2014 it was $63.6 million.

Avera Queen of Peace Announces Major Expansion Project

Jun 20, 2014
Avera

Friday morning, Avera Queen of Peace CEO Tom Clark announced that 30 acres of lands have been purchased as part of a long-term development plan just off I-90. Ground breaking is planned for August 5th, and the first project will be a new office facility. Eventually, a new hospital will be added to the new acreage near Mitchell. Tom Clark joined the program to discuss the reasons behind the expansion and what patients can look forward to with the new facility.

Tips for Safe Driving During Summer Construction

May 1, 2014

South Dakota motorists will start seeing more road construction across the state as summer weather moves in. The state Department of Transportation has already started some projects, and will continue its construction into the fall. Drivers can prepare themselves for the disruption.

Brad Saum / Harney Peak Info

The Harney Peak Lookout Tower at the highest point in the Black Hills is getting a facelift. This tower was built in 1938 as a lookout region to spot Wildfires. This restoration seeks to preserve the lookout tower for years to come.

Sioux Falls Continues Ice Storm Clean Up

May 20, 2013

Sioux Falls crews are still working to clean up branches around the city from an April Ice Storm. Contractors have been brought in to take care of breaking down all the broken up trees collected. This can be a very dangerous job to everyone involved.

Custer Carpenter Karl Svensson

May 1, 2013

Lumber harvested from pine-beetle infested trees carries a distinctive stain that can range in color from light blue to grayish black.  Custer carpenter Karl Svensson has been making the best of a bad situation. He thinks the unique, distinctive stain in the infested-tree lumber is attractive and uses the blue wood in the post-and-beam barns and homes that he's been building in the region for about three years now.