- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The University of North Dakota has broken ground for a new headquarters for its College of Engineering and Mines.

The 37,000-square-feet Collaborative Energy Complex will cost $15.5 million. About $10 million is coming from private donations. Hess Corp. has committed $5 million over five years to support the facility. Hess is a major player in the booming Bakken oil patch.

UND’s petroleum engineering program started with four students in 2010 and is expecting as many as 350 students this fall. The new complex also will house the Institute for Energy Studies that UND established five years ago.

The new complex will have state-of-the-art labs and multipurpose teaching centers.

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