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SDSU Southeast Residential Community Parking Development

This project involved the construction of a new parking lot and modifications to the existing parking lots near the southeast corner of the South Dakota State University campus. All aspects of the project were designed and overseen by CDI, with the exception of the lighting and electrical components. The project added nearly 1,000 new parking stalls on the east perimeter of the campus.


Extremely wet existing subsoil conditions presented a significant challenge; as a result, the project included the installation of more than 4,000 lineal feet of drain tile to keep the subsoil well drained. Storm sewer and drop inlets were also installed to handle overland storm flows.


Effective security lighting for such a large expanse of cars and pavement was a key element of this project. CDI, along with its electrical subconsultant, researched and developed new standards for security lighting in parking lots. These new standards are employed in the design of this facility.


CDI’s project management expertise played a major role in the success of this project. The project went from concept to bidding in about six weeks, after SDSU decided to construct additional dormitories on the campus. The project started with delineation of the jurisdictional wetlands, and the layout of the parking lot was developed to avoid wetland disturbance. The project was bid in the summer of 2010 and was fully complete in spring 2012. 

Project Facts

South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD

$2.2 million