Dakota State University Applied Research Lab Groundbreaking
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Groundbreakings – 2nd Quarter 2024

  • June 11, 2024

The melting of the snow and the warming of the temperatures signals the long-awaited arrival of spring and summer. With that comes an exciting opportunity for businesses to start construction on new locations and expansions. The Foundation helped several local businesses and organizations celebrate the start of some exciting new building projects, hosting seven groundbreakings in the second quarter of 2024.

See photos and recaps of each groundbreaking that took place!

LifeScape Children’s Campus

LifeScape broke ground on their new children’s campus in northwest Sioux Falls. The new facility will encompass their pediatric specialty hospital, inpatient and intensive outpatient therapy, the specialty school, children’s residential area, recreation space, and administration space.

L to R: Jason Schmitz, Stacy McMahan, Chip Carlson, Bob McNaney, Shelly Johnson, Mayor Paul TenHaken, Sen. John Thune, Dave Billion, Steve Watkins (President and CEO, LifeScape), Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden and Jessica Wells.

Big Lost Meadery and Ranch & Roost

Big Lost Meadery and Ranch & Roost broke ground on their new location on Lake Lorraine in Sioux Falls. The restaurant is expanding from Gillette, Wyo., and will serve handcrafted mead, chicken sandwiches, burgers, appetizers and sides.

L to R: Sam Clikeman (Managing Member), Bob Hewitt-Gaffney, Ryan Boschee, Aaron Cannon, Kelly Cannon, Steve Van Buskirk, Scott Lawrence, and Councilor Marshall Selberg.

Boys & Girls Club Addition at McGovern Middle School

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire celebrated a groundbreaking on a new club at McGovern Middle School that will provide new services and opportunities for George McGovern students and their families after school, on non-school days and weekdays during the summer months.

L to R: Steve Hildebrand, Kent Cutler, Scott Lawrence, Jeff Eckhoff, Loren Boyens, Stacy Jones (CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire), Tim Koehler, Carly Reiter, and Dr. Jane Stavem.

Dakota State University Applied Research Lab

Dakota State University broke ground on their Applied Research Lab in Sioux Falls. The facility will be an expansion of the physical facilities that house DSU’s cyber-research initiative and will create workforce and economic development opportunities.

L to R: Bill Gassen, Bob Mundt, Andrea Thompson, Dr. José-Marie Griffiths (President, Dakota State University), Scott Lawrence, Miles Beacom, and T. Denny Sanford.

McCrossan Boys Ranch Track

McCrossan Boys Ranch broke ground on a track and field area. The 400-meter, eight-lane rubberized track and recreational field for soccer and other sports will allow the McCrossan Wranglers to host meets and events.

L to R: Steve Wahl, Clark Meyer, Christy Vastenhout, Jason Hubers, Ethan (McCrossan resident), Brian Roegiers (Executive Director, McCrossan Boys Ranch), Bryan Ingalls, Miles Beacom, Jim Wiederrich, and Jon Bour.

Pomegranate Market at Cherapa Place

Pomegranate Market and Pendar Properties celebrated a groundbreaking for the expansion of Pomegranate Market to the Cherapa Place development in Downtown Sioux Falls. The grocery retailer will focus on natural and organic foods and offer office catering.

L to R: Dustin Pratt, John Barker, Joe Batcheller, Anne Haber, Jeff Scherschligt, Mayor Paul TenHaken, Gabe Messler (Owner, Pomegranate Market), Craig Snyder (Owner, Pomegranate Market), Jonah Snyder (Owner, Pomegranate Market), and Kent Cutler.

Avera Health Medical Office Building

Avera broke ground on their new medical office building at the Avera on Louise health campus. The new building will focus on digestive health services.

L to R: Dr. Christopher Hurley, Jim Dover (President and CEO of Avera Health), Scott Lawrence, Sister Mary Kay Panowicz, Mayor Paul TenHaken, Dr. Ronald Place (Regional President and CEO of Avera McKennan), Tom Biegler, Dave Flicek, Julie Lautt, and Ryan Boschee.

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