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Valley City State University in North Dakota is renovating building to house the School of Education

May 11, 2023
The $13.5 million project will overhaul the 93-year-old McCarthy Hall on the Valley City campus.

Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D., will receive $11.5 million from the state to transform McCarthy Hall into a new home for the university's School of Education

The university says the project will renovate the facility that was built in 1930. The building housed a model "lab school" program for junior and senior high school students until 1965, when the building was repurposed for offices and classrooms.

The renovated space will include contemporary classroom areas and technology labs, student workspaces and updated instructional technology. The project also will upgrade the facility's mechanical, HVAC and electrical systems.

“This is a huge step for our campus," Valley City State President Alan LaFave said. "The renovation of McCarthy Hall into the School of Education will have a powerful positive impact on campus for many years."

McCarthy Hall has been evaluated structurally and phases of design have been completed. The project is estimated to cost $13.5 million. The remainder of the project will be supported through the university's Forward Together capital campaign.

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