NSU Master Plan

Through construction projects and initiatives, Northern State University's campus evolves to meet the needs of students, employees, the community and the region. Follow our progress!

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Regional Sports Complex

Goveror signs bill moving NSU regional sports complex forward

State Senate approves bill related to regional sports complex


Athletic and Recreation Fields

American Legion to donate American flag for Athletic and Recreation Fields

Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for NSU Athletic and Recreation Fields

New fields part of largest turf project in nation

Northern plans for exciting changes to intramural sports


SD School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

SDSBVI project receives second grant from S.D. governor

Governor approves state grant for new SDSBVI

Plains Commerce Bank donates to S.D. School for the Blind and Visually Impaired project

Groundbreaking ceremony set for new School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Architect who lost sight helps with multisensory design layout for new SDSBVI

New SDSBVI building will be more efficient, homier


Regional Science Education Center

3M Foundation grants $25,000 to Jewett Regional Science Education Center

NSU names regional science center after Jewett

Wells Fargo awards grant to Regional Science Education Center


Educational Impact Campaign

Educational Impact Campaign reaches $44 million

Lamont Companies pledges support to Educational Impact Campaign

Schwan Financial Group pledges support to Educational Impact Campaign

NSU connections, community pride lead to campaign contribution

Educational Impact Campaign gaining momentum

Governor signs bills approving NSU-SDSBVI projects


Great Plains East and West residence halls

Ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for new residence halls

Open house planned for new residence halls


Educational Impact campaign

This campaign seeks to raise $55 million total for three connected projects: construction of a new School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; NSU’s athletic and recreation fields project; and an on-campus regional sports complex. Learn more at educational-impact.com.



  • On-campus Regional Sports Complex with Dacotah Bank Stadium and Koehler Hall of Fame Softball Field (proposed preliminary design)



Master Plan

NSU Master Plan

NSU's campus master plan lays out numerous other potential projects for the next decade and beyond. Projects shown above are preliminary concepts and may change.


Regional Science Education Center

Science Center corner view


Images (concepts)

Floor Plan

Live Construction Video Cam



When students begin classes in fall 2019, they will be the first of many to study in the new Northern State University Regional Science Education Center, which will advance educational and research opportunities for the university and the entire region.


Center construction began in spring 2018 at the corner of South State Street and Twelfth Avenue Southeast, which serves as a gateway to campus. The site, on the west side of South State Street between the former Jerde Hall and Johnson Fine Arts Center, previously was the football practice field.


Great Plains East and Great Plains West


Great Plains East

Great Plains West

Facility Design Plan


Images (concepts)

Great Plains West Update (video)

An Inside Look at Great Plains East (video)

Great Plains East Update (video)



Two residence halls – one located south of the Mewaldt-Jensen Building and the other at the site of the former Lindberg Hall – are complete. One hall provides a pod-style design, with eight to 10 traditional double rooms situated around a common living space and community bathroom. The other hall is designed with a series of semi-suites and suites offering both double and single rooms.


Jerde Hall - on the east side of South State Street  - has been razed, and a new School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is under construction there.


Athletic and Recreation Fields


Athletic and Recreation Fields

Overhead view of Athletic and Recreation Fields

Facility Program Plan

Program Plan Presentation


Images (concepts)



A new football practice field and women's soccer field are being built east of the former Jerde Hall. Combined with a 6,000-square-foot storage and restroom building, the estimated cost is $6 million. Six tennis courts will remain on the east edge of campus.



on-campus Regional Sports Complex

Overhead view of sports complex

With Dacotah Bank Stadium and Koehler Hall of Fame Softball Field

15th Avenue S.E. Video

Preliminary Facility Statement




Northern State University is working on plans to build an on-campus football stadium and softball complex on the site of the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SDSVBI). A new SDSBVI will be built where NSU's Jerde Hall stood. The former SDSBVI site would host a new football stadium (estimated 4,000 - 8,000 seating capacity) on the south side of Northern's campus.


SDSBVI and NSU Collaboration

South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired architect's rendering

Preliminary Facility Statement and Facility Program Plan


Collaboration Q & A Video with NSU President Tim Downs

Collaboration Q & A Video with SDSBVI Superintendent Marje Kaiser

Live Construction Video Cam



Northern State University and the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SDSBVI) are planning a joint project that will include a new $14 million home for SDSBVI.


The proposed site of the new School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is the former site of Jerde Hall, which was recently demolished. The current SDSBVI site is the area being explored for a regional sports complex.


NSU faculty and staff will continue working jointly with SDSBVI faculty and staff on the development of revised and new special education programs offered by NSU’s Millicent Atkins School of Education.



Comments and Questions

Please use the NSU Master Plan Feedback Form to submit comments and questions about NSU's master plan.