Summer projects at Minot State University haven't been delayed much by the flood, said director of plant services Roger Kluck.
Kluck said work on a project to drill geothermal wells on Allen Field was held up due to the city's water rationing order but should resume this week. The geothermal wells are to provide heat for the Wellness Center under construction, the Minot State University Dome, the Gordon B. Olson Library and Swain Hall.
Kluck said work on the Student Wellness Center is also on track. Work crews will start pouring concrete floors today. The center is to be finished by March or April of next year and the university will be able to use it late next spring. Some aspects of the project were delayed during the floor, particularly when access between north and south Minot was difficult, because it was hard to get concrete to the site. Kluck said the work crews were able to do other things on the project during the slow down.
Students will also return to a completely renovated food service in the Student Center. Kluck said the area has undergone a complete face lift. It is now more an a la carte style, with students being able to pick up pizza or fries or other foods at different stations.
"It's more of a mall type atmosphere," said Kluck, who said this is the trend in college cafeterias.
The food service area will be completed on Aug. 16 and students will be able to dine there on Aug. 18, which is the day they move into the dormitories.
Kluck said work is also progressing on a remodel of the Slaten Center in Old Main, which will serve as a computer area, business board room and meeting space for business organizations.
The university will also install new bleachers in the football stadium on Aug. 15.
Kluck said his staff are also tidying up parking lots and cleaning areas where the university hosted people at a Red Cross shelter and service personnel during the height of the flood. The university's sewer system is now functioning normally and the university removed its dikes last week.
Things should be ready for the start of classes later this month, he said.