Building for the Future- UND Campus and Law School Celebrate Addition and Renovation Project
University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley and the UND School of Law took time on Friday, October 10, 2014 to recognize and celebrate the building addition and renovation project currently under way at the UND School of Law.
The special groundbreaking type ceremony featured a distinguished panel of speakers including Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley, Chief Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court Gerald VandeWalle, North Dakota State Senator Ray Holmberg, Kevin Melicher representing the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, Law Dean Kathryn Rand and Kelley.
"It's a glorious time for North Dakota," Wrigley said. "There's a lot of excitement and growth here on our campuses. We have a law school, and it's North Dakota's law school, and we couldn't be more proud."
Governor Jack Dalrymple and the 2013 North Dakota State Legislature made a commitment to the legal future of North Dakota by supporting an appropriation of $11.4 million for a building addition and renovation of the UND School of Law. The building project is under way and progressing quickly working toward a fall 2015 opening.
"Today we are celebrating the start of construction," said Rand. "This ceremony is a wonderful demonstration of the teamwork it has taken to get this far in the law school's building project and we are very grateful for all of the people represented here today."
Immediately following the program, the speakers and other select guests participated in a special ceremonial "bricklaying session" to recognize and celebrate the ongoing project. Each speaker dawned a special, green UND Law construction hard hat and placed a ceremonial brick on a previously constructed brick wall. The wall was an exact replica of how the outside wall of the new addition will be constructed, including the brick pattern that will be used.
View the video below to get the highlights of the ceremony and for more photos of the event see our Flickr album.