University of Mary breaks ground on engineering facility

BISMARCK, N.D. - University of Mary officials broke ground on a new engineering facility on Thursday.

School President Monsignor James Shea and others started demolition, with official construction on Old North Hall starting on Monday.

So far, the school has raised $10 million of the $12 million project, which should be finished by fall 2020.

“Our graduates will be knowledgeable in the technology of their fields and they'll also have four years of hands-on experience in the laboratory and in the workplace among engineers,” University of Mary Engineering Professor Terry Pilling said.

Administrators say they hope to raise a total of $15 million and use the other $3 million to help run the engineering program.