SDSU Jackrabbit Grove

SDSU Jackrabbit Grove was constructed for the Office of the State Engineer and South Dakota State University.  This project consists of two 4 story residence halls and two 3 story residence halls including 806 student beds, kitchens, commons, and study areas.  Additionally, new site utilities, underground tunnels, and infrastructure were completed to service the new buildings.  Jackrabbit Grove provides an additional 214,000 square feet of student living space to campus.  Journey Construction was brought on to the project team as a CM at Risk while the project was still in its conceptual design phase.  Journey Construction developed a preliminary schedule that allowed SDSU to occupy the buildings by August of 2013.  This aggressive schedule required an accelerated preconstruction and design phase so early bid packages could be issued and provide for a spring 2012 construction start.  This also required design and value engineering options to be analyzed in relatively short amount of time to help the owner stay within their budget goals.  The location also provided a challenge for the construction team.  The four new buildings and infrastructure are located in the heart of campus and existing dorms, limiting allowable working space around the buildings.  Journey Construction was able created a safe environment for the public, to allow work to progress, while providing as little interruption as possible to existing student life.  The underground infrastructure including tunnels and existing utilities required coordination and protection to avoid damage to existing systems.



  • South Dakota State University


  • Brookings, SD


  • 15 months


  • EducationGovernment and Public


  • Journey Construction


  • Construction Manager at Risk