Lifescape in Sioux Falls announces plans for April groundbreaking on new facility

March 26, 2024

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.–In 1948, ground was broken on the Crippled Children’s Hospital and School in Sioux Falls, which today is known as the LifeScape Children’s Campus on 26th Street.

LifeScape CEO Steve Watkins explained that their initial goal was to aid children with polio and now thanks to a bill recently signed into law by Governor Noem, they’ll be building a new campus.

The primary sponsor of House Bill 1093 was Representative Marty Overweg, a Republican from New Holland. During the session, he shared his personal experience of helping his brother who has autism find a facility that met his needs.

The bill received unanimous support, giving LifeScape $6 million of funding towards this new children’s campus. It’s set to be built on a 10-acre plot in northwest Sioux Falls, and the master plan will start with phases 1 and 2.

The groundbreaking for the brand-new facility is scheduled for April 12 at 1:30 p.m. Watkins said the construction process is projected to take 30 months, and they should be complete by fall of 2026.