Daily News: Old Main’s renovation should serve the school for many years

By Ken Harty

I attended the North Dakota State College of Science New Old Main ribbon cutting Thursday, Sept. 10 and it was amazing.

I believe most readers know what building I am referring to, but if not, just take a drive over to the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton and look for the big building with an S at the top. You can’t miss it, I promise.

Old Main is the original building at what is now NDSCS and construction on it began in 1891. A picture of New Old Main’s rededication is gracing the front of this newspaper today and as you can see the building has retained its historic look. Many people had a hand in making this $8.4 million project happen and some of them spoke during the ceremony. Once the ribbon was cut, the booms of confetti cannons could be heard as confetti appeared to be flying everywhere. Music also started playing as everyone heard, “Celebrate” by Kool and the Gang.

It was a very fun and festive atmosphere and everyone was invited to tour the building where the student chefs were waiting with refreshments. Immediately after the ribbon cutting I headed over to Old Main and took a quick tour of all four floors. As I came into the entrance I was greeted by antique equipment in a glass case that literally set the tone for the rest of my quick walk through. It appears that many of the original hardwood floors and banisters were salvaged and used. On the third floor some of the classrooms have an exposed ceiling showing the original wood and beams. It looks fantastic.

One of the benefits of the renovation is that they opened up the fourth floor again, creating extra square footage that appears to be used for offices, a student gathering area and quiet computer nooks. I also noted that I saw at least two gas fireplaces. I may have overlooked other things due to the crowd that swarmed the building.

I am happy with the results of the renovation and it should serve the school and the community well for the next 50 years or so. Congratulations NDSCS on a job well done!

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

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