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Bismarck State College students are used to dealing with construction zones on campus, and  another project is starting in May.

Administrators say building the Communication and Creative Arts Center will free up space in the residence hall, and give students the ability to move between classes without ever having to go outside.

Walking from building to building at BSC isn't a lot of fun this time of year. But there's a solution. BSC plans to use state funds to construct a three-story building, complete with walkways to and from Schafer Hall and Jack Science Center. The building will be on the corner of Schafer and Edwards Ave.

This may be a greenspace right now, but in a few months construction will start for BSC additions including spaces for classes and the library.

Werner Hall is both an education building and a residence hall. Needless to say, it's crowded.

 "Space in the building we're at right now is a little small," says art major Tyler Gustafson. "I wish it could open a little more to allow more students to get a chance to really feel the art side of school."

Faculty and staff are used to the sounds of expansion, and agree it can be somewhat of a hassle, but it's all for the students.

"We're gaining more efficiency, safer environment, better ventilation and we'll all be sort of together. Here we're sort of compartmentalized in all different spots of the building. So, we're all looking forward to it," says Michelle Lindbolm, BSC. 

The question of renovating a current building verses building a new one did come up.

"In our current library, which has significant facility deficiencies associated with it. It would have cost significant funds to just bring the building up to standards. And so, it was determined best that we building a new facility," says Interim President of BSC Dave Clark.

This project will start in May, costing about $13 million.

BSC officials say once the Communications and Creative Arts Center is complete, the current library will be torn down and the area will become a new greenspace.

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