TitleReid Hall Renovation Programming Study Request Date2012-11-30
DepartmentFacilities Planning Design & Construction
Requestorwalter banziger Phone994-6326
Campuses Bozeman Billings Havre Great Falls FSTS Extension MAES
Cross Depts Education Health and Human Development. Registrar Classroom Facilities Other possible colleges.
Proposed Dates Start: within one year End: 18 months from start
Originally constructed in 1957 Reid Hall currently houses the College of Business (COB) and the College of Education, Health & Human Development (EHHD) as well as several of the largest and most intensely utilized registrar classrooms and lecture halls on campus. Reid Hall is in need of a modernization to support the missions and goals of the campus going into the 21st century.

The programming study would perform a building analysis of current conditions and document deficiencies and develop options for potential uses, departmental assignments, and outline a potential scope of renovation along with cost estimates to upgrade the facility.
Goal: As stewards of our land grant institution, we will responsibly manage our human, physical, economic and environmental resources in an open and sustainable manner.
Objective S.1: Human Resources. Attract, develop and retain the best faculty and staff to achieve our MSU mission.

Modern, efficient, and aesthetically appealing facilities contribute to recruitment and retention of quality faculty, staff, and students. Integration of facilities planning with the strategic plan to improve overall appearance, functionality, and performance of facilities will enhance retention and recruitment.

Objective S.2: Physical Resources. Enhance aesthetic appeal and functional quality of our MSU physical resources to support high quality learning, research and work environments.
Metric S.2.3: By 2015, MSU will develop and implement a comprehensive master plan.

The Reid Hall renovation is directly related to this metric. Modernization of the facility including, ADA upgrades, aesthetic improvements, improvements to building systems, transformation of instructional facilities, and space efficiency changes will ensure compatibility with and advancement of the campus strategic plan.

Objective S.4: Environmental Resources. Promote sustainable stewardship and a culture of resource conservation at MSU.

The renovation of the Reid Hall facility is directly related to but not limited to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) efforts, Campus sustainability protocols, Historic Preservation, and ADA Transition planning.

Learning Goal: We prepare students to graduate equipped for careers or further education.
Access Goal: Montana State University is committed to widening access to higher education and seeks to ensure equality of opportunity for all.

Reid Hall Renovation directly supports both these goals of the strategic plan. An upgraded and modern instructional facility facilitates educational opportunity and promotes enhanced learning environments in support of the Learning goal. It would also supports equal access to the diverse campus population through accessibility improvements.
Funding Type: One-Time Only Funding Base (3-yr Recurring) Funding
  FY13 FY14 FY15 Base ($) OTO Startup ($)   FTE;
Materials & Supplies 2000             
Contracted Services 360000             
Other Operations 23000             
TOTAL 385000     
Please comment, if necessary, regarding cost and requirements.

Project cost based on the following assumptions. 


  • The estimated probable total project cost to renovate Reid Hall is $20,000,000 including all soft costs as currently listed in the LRBP program.  


  • The consultant design fee for a complete renovation of the building is estimated to be approximately $1,800,000.  The programming and schematic design is anticipated to account for approximately 20% of the design fee or approximately $360,000.


  • Materials and supplies consist of printing and photographic services.  Estimated probable cost is $2,000.


  • Other operations consist of project contingency of $13,000 and $10,000 in project administration costs for a total of $23,000


Describe the Proposal

Constructed in 1957 Reid Hall (~91,167gsf) is becoming dated and is in need of renovation to support the mission and goals of the campus into the 21st century.  The current configuration of the facility limits efficient use and adequate access to the programs within the building.  With its prominent location on campus, the building is the current home to the College of Business (COB) and the College of Education, Health & Human Development (CEHHD) as well as several of the largest and most intensely utilized registrar-scheduled classrooms and lecture halls on campus.  With slated completion of the College of Business facility in 2015, approximately 15,000 net assignable square feet of the facility will be vacated and be available for use to other academic programs upon completion of the COB relocation.  Improvements will have a positive impact on the 1,000 students enrolled in CEHHD as well as the general campus student population due to the significant registrar classroom space located within the facility. 


The building has potential to supplement various campus space requirements, provide growth for the EHHD programs, faculty, and staff, and fulfill University programmatic needs for modernization of classroom teaching facilities.  The Reid Hall renovation is listed as the 8th priority for MSU- Bozeman in the 2013 LRBP plan (It is the 2nd highest priority for full scale building renovations after Romney Gym).  


The proposal includes implementing a building programming study and developing a schematic design for the future renovation and adaptive reuse of the Reid Hall facility.  If approved the proposal would provide Facilities Planning Design and Construction with the funds necessary to contract with an appropriate design consultants to perform this programming study and schematic design.

The programming study would include a building analysis of current conditions, document deficiencies, and outline current uses. Options for potential uses of the facility would be developed and include suggested campus departmental re-assignments necessary to meet the mission of the University.  Modernization and upgrades to instructional facilities which may include but are not limited creating collaborative teaching environments and Technology Enhance Active Learning (TEAL) classrooms.  The programming study would identify needed space assignments and make recommendations regarding pursuit of the most beneficial options.    

The schematic design portion of the study would further develop options identified in the programming study by refining conceptual ideas revealed through programming.  The schematic design would include identification and documentation of the program fit, relative volumes, spatial relationships and overall possible design concepts to accommodate the program needs.  The Schematic design would produce basic floor plans, elevations, and outline specifications of the space assignments, relationships, major building components, and include preliminary construction and project cost estimates.  The programming study would then be used to support request for funding of the renovation in the 2015 Long Range Building Program (LRBP).

Describe the broader impacts and benefits of this proposal

The renovation and upgrade of the Reid Hall facility has the potential to directly impact MSU students, by improving programs that directly serve students, faculty and even the local community.  As currently proposed in the campus Long Range Building Program proposal, the renovation of the entire building includes improving accessibility by replacing the building elevator and altering the restrooms to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, installing a fire suppression system and fire alarm system, upgrading the secondary electrical system (including branch panels and select circuits) to handle required current load and expansion capability, replacing the building heating and ventilation system, providing building cooling, addressing code deficiencies and deferred maintenance as well as modernizing building finishes and improving space utilization. Alternatives approach to updating the building could include addressing individual systems/components issues separately and over time; but, this would result in costly overlapping of construction and longer periods of disruption to the buildings occupants and programs that will be relocated temporally during construction. Reid Hall’s current FCI Deficiency Ratio is 14% - considered in the poor range by APPA, and the renovation project will significantly reduce or eliminate areas of deficiency in the building’s envelope, HVAC, and electrical system; and address safety issues including fire and ADA code compliance regarding egress, interior circulation of the four-story building and accessible restrooms.


The Reid Hall facility offers opportunity for more detailed planning and development for the growth and enhancement of various campus services currently offered or desired to be offered in a consolidated central location on campus.  In addition, the planning and programming of this facility would allow for additional studies to be performed in other facilities for future relief of space pressures.

The programming study and schematic design would better identify and help align the limited resources needed to improve the facility to better serve the University mission and facilitate long range strategic planning efforts.

Implementation Plan

Upon approval of the funding of the proposal

  • Obtain Board of Regents Authority for spending of funds on the project. (2 to 4 months)
  • Coordinate consultant selection process through state A&E Division in Helena (3 to 4 months)
  • Contract negotiations and project start-up (1 month)
  • Programming Study (3 months)
  • Approval and recommendation of preferred option(s) (1 month)
  • Schematic Design Study (4 months)
  • Review and approval of Schematic Design (2 months)
  • Project Completion and wait for future funding from possible funding sources such as State LRBP funds.


Total estimated project time frame 16 to 18 months.

Assessment Plan
  • Evaluate potential options at completion of programming study.  Identify and obtain recommendation from Provost and President for desired option(s) to advance to schematic design stage.
  • Complete schematic design study. Incorporate information and cost estimates into future State Long Range Building Program (LRBP) proposals for funding.
If assessed objectives are not met in the timeframe outlined what is the plan to sunset this proposal?

If the assessed objectives of the plan are not met within the timeframe the following options are available:

  • Postpone project implementation to a later timeframe.  The initiation of the project is subject to BOR meeting schedule to obtain spending authority and A&E Division appointment schedules to select consultant per MCA requirements. 

Sunset the proposal would include closing out consultant contracts if applicable.

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