The Brookings Health System has pledged $1 million toward the construction of the Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex and pushed the private fundraising total past the $30 million mark.
"As the community's leading health-care provider, Brookings Health System believes in our community's growth and development," said Jason Merkley, President and CEO of Brookings Health System. "This unique, state-of-the-art center for Jackrabbit athletics will have an enormous impact on the university, our community and the region. Brookings Health System is very excited to play a part in that future."
With the Brookings Health System commitment, $30,205,204 has now been raised from 451 donors for the project. Construction on the 161,500-square-foot complex directly north of Coughlin-Alumni Stadium began this month. The facility could be occupied by late 2014.
A formal event to celebrate the start of construction is set for 3 p.m. today (Aug. 31) in advance of the season-opening football game against Butler.
"This project has been embraced by supporters of this university who understand the impact it will have on our program, South Dakota State University, the city, the state and the region," SDSU President David L. Chicoine said. "This commitment puts us within $1 million of funding every aspect of the facility. The commitment from Brookings Health System provides added momentum to finish this historic fundraising effort in less than 18 months."
Brookings Health System joins Sanford Health, the Dale and Pat Larson family, First Bank & Trust and Larson Manufacturing as providers of leadership gifts to the project.
The Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex contains a human performance center that will provide a wide range of services, including athletic training, strength and conditioning, physical therapy and hydrotherapy.
"This commitment strives to fulfill our mission and vision for the health system," Merkley said. "Our mission involves cultivating partnerships and community involvement to demonstrate our passion and commitment to those we serve. Our vision embraces the concepts of fostering customer relations and investing in tomorrow's workforce. Brookings Health System recognizes this as an investment in SDSU and the academic and athletic lives of future students who will attend the university. Brookings Health System looks forward to witnessing the growth this investment will bring to SDSU, the health system and the community."
An indoor practice and human performance facility has been a long-identified need at SDSU. It is a major component in the 2025 Master Plan for athletics and the university's 2025 Design and Master Plan for the campus. It is also a performance metric of SDSU's new strategic plan, IMPACT 2018.
The complex will include an eight-lane, 300-meter indoor track, with a pole vault, long jump, triple jump and throwing areas. It also features 100 yards of artificial turf and a clear-span ceiling 65 feet high.
About Brookings Health System
Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, a 79-bed Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home and Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock care for patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.
About the SDSU Foundation
The SDSU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that raises and administers funds to benefit SDSU.
The Foundation led It Starts with STATE: A Campaign for South Dakota State University. The campaign eclipsed its $200 million goal, raising $255.7 million for students, faculty, facilities, athletics and other university programs. The Foundation has nearly $180 million in assets.
About South Dakota State University
Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution as well as its largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from eight different colleges representing more than 175 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 29 master’s degree programs, 12 Ph.D. and two professional programs.
The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.