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Progress is Underway!

Progress is underway on the Lake Area Technical College campus! We have not one, but two major building projects happening now: the Diesel expansion project (completed Fall 2023) and the Archway project.

Diesel Expansion Completed

Groundbreaking on the 18,000 square-foot Diesel Technology addition took place in June 2022 and the facility opened for students Fall 2023. The new addition expanded the Diesel program’s lab and classroom space to accommodate rapid growth and enables Lake Area Tech to meet the high-demand workforce needs in the diesel and transportation industry. 

Diesel Technology Expansion Project

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Rendering of the Diesel Technology expansion project looking southeast.
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Rendering of the Diesel Technology expansion project looking northeast.
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The Diesel expansion project is complete and open for students. (looking southeast).
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View of the Diesel expansion project looking northeast.

Archway/Dana J. Dykhouse Business Center of Learning/Advanced Manufacturing Center

The highly anticipated Archway Complex will tie the campus together via a walkway connecting a new Advanced Manufacturing building and the new Dana J. Dykhouse Business Center of Learning that will house the Business, Financial Services, and General Education programs. The two-story 29,000 square-foot Archway/Business Center and the three-story 16,800 square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Center are slated to open in Fall 2024. Groundbreaking was held July 12, 2022. 

The project is slated to be complete by May 2024 and open for students in Fall 2024.

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Archway/Dana J. Dykhouse Business Center of Learning/Advanced Manufacturing Center rendering looking east on Arrow Avenue.
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Archway/Dana J. Dykhouse Business Center of Learning/Advanced Manufacturing Center rendering looking northwest.

Archway Complex

Progress Update
This is a view of the Archway/Dana J. Dykhouse Business Center of Learning/ Advanced Manufacturing Center looking west. Industrial sheeting has been installed allowing crews to work on the interior over the winter.

Latest Updates and Announcements

January 25, 2024: Interior work is now taking place on the Advanced Manufacturing, Archway, and Dana J. Dykhouse facilities. Crews are working on sheet rocking, plumbing, wiring, installing windows, and painting. Interior concrete work is finished, restroom tile is being installed in the north building, and the ceiling grid is nearly complete in the remodeled area. The elevators have arrived and are being installed. Marker boards, projector screens and restroom partitions are all onsite. 

Please take note: With the heavy traffic around campus, be extremely cautious crossing 3rd Avenue from the North Parking Lot to Lake Area Tech. Drivers are expected to slow down/stop for pedestrians but this does not always happen.  

Previous Announcements

December 19, 2023: Interior work is now taking place on the Advanced Manufacturing, Archway, and Dana J. Dykhouse facilities. Crews are working on framing, sheet rocking installing HVAC/electrical,  and painting over the winter.

November 7, 2023: All hands are on deck on the Archway Project. Electricians, plumbers, masons, and framing crews are all on site prepping the facility for interior work this winter.

October 16, 2023: The public is invited to the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the recently completed Diesel Technology Addition on the campus of Lake Area Technical College on Thursday, October 26, at 10:00 a.m. The 18,000 square-foot Ace A. Brandt Diesel Center houses the Diesel Technology TechKnowledge program and offers expanded lab and classroom space for the Lake Area Tech Diesel Technology program.  Tours of the new addition will be offered during the event and light refreshments will be served. The addition is located on the south side of campus on 11th Street Northeast. Parking will be available in The Lab parking lot, directly west of the Diesel Tech building. The celebration is sponsored by Lake Area Technical College and Brandt Holdings Co. Deere Division.

September 6, 2023: Partial paving of Arrow Avenue has allowed access back into the MET parking lot.

September 1, 2023: Starting Friday, September 1, paving equipment will be on-site to finish the east section of Arrow Avenue and the adjacent parking lot. Please do not enter the site from the east, even on foot; use alternate entrances to the Student Center and MET/Ag Building. Walk only in the route provided between the MET/Ag Building and Student Center (and vice versa). Look for the path provided with construction cones. Please do not deviate as construction crews and heavy equipment will be moving throughout the area.

August 17, 2023:  Arrow Avenue on campus and the MET parking lot are temporarily closed. Contractors will be putting in new curb and gutter, parking spaces on the north side of Arrow Avenue, and more. Please plan accordingly and explore other parking options. (See construction map below).

  • Be aware – following the completion of millwork and asphalt paving on 1st Ave NE on the south end of campus, the stop signs located at the intersection of 1st Ave NE and 13th St NE for eastbound and westbound traffic will be permanently removed. Use extreme caution.

July 12, 2023: Due to the closure of Arrow Avenue on our campus and the MET parking lot south of the main entrance, visitors are encouraged to view the map below and park in one of the other designated visitor parking areas. The closure is expected to be in effect July 17 – August 17, 2023. 

June 15, 2023:  Arrow Avenue directly in front of the Student Services doors continues to be partitioned off for construction traffic. There is one entrance open to the MET/Ag parking lot.

May 8, 2023:  Arrow Avenue directly in front of the Student Services doors has been partitioned off for construction traffic. There is one entrance open to the MET/Ag parking lot.

March 28, 2023:  The MET/Ag parking lot is now closed to allow the construction crews ample room to deliver the precast panels now being placed. We thank you for your patience during this phase. 

March 20, 2023:  Students and staff! Please see the “March Parking Disruption” information below that is slated to begin next week.  

February 9, 2023:  Work on both projects has picked up again with the steel delivery and noticeable progress is evident. Footings continue to be poured on the exterior foundation with good progress. 

January 23, 2023:  We’ve started to receive our steel shipments! Work will now start progressing at a faster pace. Workers were able to do some groundwork and pour footings on the Archway Project prior to the shipment. 

December 8, 2022:  The last parking lot has been completed on Arrow Avenue and parking issues on campus have been greatly reduced. As a reminder, everyone parking in an LATC parking lot space is required to have a parking permit. Tickets will be issued for vehicles without a permit. The steel delay continues and has impeded progress on the Diesel expansion and Archway projects. 

October 17, 2022: The steel delay continues and has impeded progress on both projects. Curb and gutter work on a new 75-car parking lot on Bogue Avenue is complete. Curb and gutter work is complete on the new parking lot on the corner of Arrow Avenue and 13th Street. Asphalt work will begin soon, followed by striping.  As a reminder, everyone parking in an LATC parking lot space is required to have a parking permit. Tickets will be issued for vehicles without a permit.

September 26, 2022:  The steel delay continues and will impede the progress on both projects. Curb and gutter work on a new 75-car parking lot on Bogue Avenue is scheduled to begin. As a reminder, everyone parking in an LATC parking lot space is required to have a parking permit. Tickets will be issued for vehicles without a permit. 

September 14, 2022:  The new parking lot south of the Diesel expansion and the new parking lot where the Educare building was are both open!

August 29, 2022: In keeping with the times, we have been notified there is a delay in our steel delivery. This will likely slow down our progress on both projects but we’re optimistic it will be a short delay.

August 15, 2022: A portion of Arrow Avenue is now closed and construction areas are fenced off. This portion of the avenue will be closed until the project progresses to a point where it can safely reopen. Students, staff, and visitors may enter Arrow Avenue from the east to access the Student Center, MET building, and Ag/Environmental building main entrances. Please use alternative entrances if possible. Internal signage is posted for wayfinding. 

Student Parking and Parking Decals

Lake Area Technical College students are required to have an official LATC Parking Decal on their vehicle to park on campus. The Parking Decal fee will be waived this year due to current campus expansion projects. Although the Parking Decals will be free, all students who wish to park on campus must have the decal on their vehicle(s) to avoid a parking ticket. If you do not have the Parking Decal visible on your vehicle, you will be ticketed and fined $50. Please see the campus map below to locate available parking during construction.

If you choose to park off-campus, please do not park in front of the neighboring residents’ mailboxes. There will be a fine from the city of Watertown. Overnight parking will not be allowed at any time.

Patrolling

The Lake Area Tech parking lots will be patrolled Monday through Friday from 7 am – 2 pm. All vehicles parked in a patrolled lot will need to have an LATC parking decal visible. Parking decals are to be placed on the OUTSIDE of the vehicle’s back window, driver’s side.

Two parking lots are unpatrolled and are open to all LATC students, dual credit high school students and Northeast Technical High School students. The North Parking Lot (north side of 3rd Ave NE) and the Bogue Parking Lot (corner of Bogue Ave and 13th St NE) do not require parking decals. However, a ticket may be issued for improper parking.

Registration for Decals/Temporary Permits

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Students are to register their primary vehicle for a parking decal through MyPortal. Decals will be routed to the student’s program for pick-up in 1 – 2 business days. If a student needs to bring an alternate vehicle to campus, the student can park in one of the unpatrolled lots or request a temporary parking permit through the portal. For convenience, the student will be able to select from 6 locations to pick up their temporary permit.

Temporary Parking Permit Pick Up Locations:

  • MET/Ag Building – Bonita  Briggs
  • Admissions Office – April Simon
  • Registration/Financial Aid Office – Krystal Kadoun
  • Library – Nikki Christensen
  • Prairie Lakes Health Center (north end of campus) – Holly Miller
  • Auto & Construction Building – Jessicca Geerdes

The objective for the parking decals and temporary permits is to ensure only LATC students are using the patrolled parking lots.

Link to request parking decals and temporary parking permits:  https://my.lakeareatech.edu/ICS/Student/My_Vehicle.jnz

Online Students

Please register your vehicle for the free parking decal if you will be on campus during patrolling hours (Monday – Friday from 7 AM – 2 PM).