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Gillette College could get new athletics and academics center

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Leaders at a KOTA Territory college hope state lawmakers will approve a major addition.

Gillette College officials are trying to push a new $19 million academic and athletics center. The facility would get built in the open space between the health sciences center and the residence halls.

The building would give athletic teams a new home venue and provide more educational opportunities to students.

"Half of the facility contains classroom space, particularly designed to support health sciences. We've built in a simulation lab, additional performance classroom spaces, a small teaching theater, and a multi-purpose room," said Gillette College vice president and CEO Mark Englert.

The state would pay for half the construction under the proposal. The other half was already raised through donations.

"We've seen huge, huge support. I think the county has really been interested in proceeding with this project and we've gotten huge private support," said Gillette College Advisory Board chair Nathan McLeland.

If approved by the state legislature, Englert says the design phase would begin in the spring and he would hope construction would wrap up before 2017.

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