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Bemidji State University seasonal employees Kathryn Statton, left, and Brie Groskreutz clean a flower bed on Monday afternoon. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

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While many students from Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College are away working or traveling, both campuses are keeping plenty busy.

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BSU and NTC are bustling with activities this summer, including classes, renovation projects and landscaping.

Hundreds of flowers have been planted around both campuses. BSU's 50-plus flower beds are filled annually with ferns, grasses and flowers.

According to Rich Moen, BSU's building maintenance foreman, this summer close to 9,000 flowers will be planted throughout the BSU campus, including petunias, marigolds, snapdragons, geraniums, alyssums, zinnias and more.

Moen said BSU hires three summer employees to do the hoeing, water and weeding to keep the landscaping looking good around campus.

Other projects at BSU include the new on-campus emergency alert system that will be completed before students arrive in the fall. Secure door accesses in all residence halls will also be finished this summer. Both projects are expected to cost the university $750,000.

Elevator upgrades, roughly costing $400,000, to meet new code requirements at Hobson Memorial Union will be completed this summer.

Both BSU and NTC will be getting new a new marquee sign on campus.

"The BSU sign is going to be same size, but it will be modernized to show pictures and messages," said Jeff Sande, who has been the physical plant manager at BSU since 1999. "It's the latest and greatest technology."

The marquee sign at NTC will replace the old sign on County Road 50. Both marquee signs will cost approximately $150,000.

In the Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center, the all-purpose flooring has recently been replaced. The $350,000 replacement flooring is being painted this week.

According to Sande, the 25-year-old rubber floor replacement started in May and will be totally finished this month.

BSU and NTC received $2.2 million in higher education asset preservation and replacement funds, which will be used for window and brick replacements on Bangsberg Hall, the roof redone on Hagg-Sauer Hall and upgraded restrooms at NTC.

This week, Sande said, the new windows on Bangsberg Hall will be tested.

"We hire a company to check for problems, like leakage," Sande said. "They do a wind and water test that simulates an 80-miles-per-hour rain storm."

In BSU's Gillett Center, the plumbing of the swimming pool will be fixed in the coming months.

"The pool is 1959 vintage," Sande said. "Several items need to be repaired and replaced."

This summer NTC will have all of its bathrooms upgraded to be 100 percent compliant with American Disabilities Act requirements.

NTC will do some remodeling projects near its enrollment services department to improve student access to financial aid services and to house new staff. Because of NTC's increase enrollment, which has increased by 145 percent in the last five years, NTC received more tuition revenue and state allocation monies to complete the improvements.

A new telephone system will be installed at NTC from one-time, federal stimulus dollars, which also helped cover costs of the enrollment services remodeling.

In August, NTC will host the registration for the Ojibwe Forests Rally. Each year, NTC's automotive and high-performance engine machinist students inspect the race cars with the rally racers' pit crews. This year, NTC will be the registration site, as well as provide the technical services required by the race.

Y awilliams@bemidjipioneer.com

While many students from Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College are away working or traveling, both campuses are keeping plenty busy.

BSU and NTC are bustling with activities this summer, including classes, renovation projects and landscaping.

Hundreds of flowers have been planted around both campuses. BSU's 50-plus flower beds are filled annually with ferns, grasses and flowers.

According to Rich Moen, BSU's building maintenance foreman, this summer close to 9,000 flowers will be planted throughout the BSU campus, including petunias, marigolds, snapdragons, geraniums, alyssums, zinnias and more.

Moen said BSU hires three summer employees to do the hoeing, water and weeding to keep the landscaping looking good around campus.

Other projects at BSU include the new on-campus emergency alert system that will be completed before students arrive in the fall. Secure door accesses in all residence halls will also be finished this summer. Both projects are expected to cost the university $750,000.

Elevator upgrades, roughly costing $400,000, to meet new code requirements at Hobson Memorial Union will be completed this summer.

Both BSU and NTC will be getting new a new marquee sign on campus.

"The BSU sign is going to be same size, but it will be modernized to show pictures and messages," said Jeff Sande, who has been the physical plant manager at BSU since 1999. "It's the latest and greatest technology."

The marquee sign at NTC will replace the old sign on County Road 50. Both marquee signs will cost approximately $150,000.

In the Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center, the all-purpose flooring has recently been replaced. The $350,000 replacement flooring is being painted this week.

According to Sande, the 25-year-old rubber floor replacement started in May and will be totally finished this month.

BSU and NTC received $2.2 million in higher education asset preservation and replacement funds, which will be used for window and brick replacements on Bangsberg Hall, the roof redone on Hagg-Sauer Hall and upgraded restrooms at NTC.

This week, Sande said, the new windows on Bangsberg Hall will be tested.

"We hire a company to check for problems, like leakage," Sande said. "They do a wind and water test that simulates an 80-miles-per-hour rain storm."

In BSU's Gillett Center, the plumbing of the swimming pool will be fixed in the coming months.

"The pool is 1959 vintage," Sande said. "Several items need to be repaired and replaced."

This summer NTC will have all of its bathrooms upgraded to be 100 percent compliant with American Disabilities Act requirements.

NTC will do some remodeling projects near its enrollment services department to improve student access to financial aid services and to house new staff. Because of NTC's increase enrollment, which has increased by 145 percent in the last five years, NTC received more tuition revenue and state allocation monies to complete the improvements.

A new telephone system will be installed at NTC from one-time, federal stimulus dollars, which also helped cover costs of the enrollment services remodeling.

In August, NTC will host the registration for the Ojibwe Forests Rally. Each year, NTC's automotive and high-performance engine machinist students inspect the race cars with the rally racers' pit crews. This year, NTC will be the registration site, as well as provide the technical services required by the race.

awilliams@bemidjipioneer.com

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