Editor’s note: With the opening of the New Anderson Student Center on UST’s St. Paul Campus next Tuesday we thought this post by Kate Metzger from The Bulletin provided an interesting insight in to the local construction economy.
During recessionary times, one of the industries that feels the heaviest impact is construction. But thanks to the $60 million gift from Lee and Penny Anderson to the University of St. Thomas Opening Doors Campaign, a multi-year, multi-building project has helped bolster the local economy by getting many construction workers back to work.
The completion of the Anderson Student Center caps the three-building project that has helped alleviate the negative impacts of the recent recession. During a time when few construction cranes towered over St. Paul, St. Thomas had undergone one of the largest building projects in its history.
According to numbers provided by Opus Design Build, LLC, the builder of the projects, the $66 million Anderson Student Center generated 35,800 worker days–an average 1,800 worker days per month over the course of its 20-month construction. That’s the equivalent of 90 full-time jobs. (more…)