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Dick Anderson Construction chosen as contractor for MSU College of Business building

April 4, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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Dick Anderson Construction, headquartered in Helena, with offices in Bozeman and Great Falls, has been named general contractor and construction manager for Montana State University's new $18-million College of Business building.

Dick Anderson Construction was chosen from five firms that were interviewed by a university committee on Monday, April 2. Dick Anderson Construction will provide the pre-construction services necessary to assist the building's design team and the university through the planning process.

A construction services contract that will include the bidding of the project to sub-contractors is not expected to be awarded to Dick Anderson Construction until MSU receives authority from the 2013 Montana Legislature to proceed with bidding and construction. After receiving legislative approval, MSU expects to break ground on the project in the spring of 2013 with completion in 2015.

"Dick Anderson Construction is an excellent firm and we look forward to working with them," said Walt Banziger, director of MSU Facilities Planning Design and Construction. "We also thank the other firms that competed for this project. We had an excellent pool to choose from."

The selection process began in early March with a request for qualifications from interested contractors. The RFQ included a requirement that the contractor have completed the minimum of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certified project by the time of their proposal. MSU intends for the new College of Business building to be at least LEED silver certified.

"We are excited beyond words to be selected as part of the team that will bring this vision to fruition. This building will not only be a landmark addition to MSU, but also to the state of Montana and the community of Bozeman," said Marty Schuma, president of Dick Anderson Construction.

Founded in 1975, Dick Anderson Construction is a Montana-based company which employs 200-250 employees a year and has had an average annual volume of work for the last two years of $81 million. The company has experience in commercial office buildings, higher education facilities, surgical and medical centers, large complex institutional renovations, wastewater treatment facilities, composting facilities, banking facilities, bridges, dams and parking structures, historical renovations, large complex ranch infrastructures, large upscale residential projects and large retail projects.

Dick Anderson Construction joins Comma-Q Architecture of Bozeman and Hennebery Eddy Architects of Portland, Ore., as part of the project team. While alumni affiliation was not a consideration in the choice of firms, all three have a number of MSU alumni either as principals or employees: Tim Eddy of Hennebery Eddy is an MSU alumnus, as is Ben Lloyd, founder and owner of Comma-Q. Dick Anderson Construction has 12 MSU alumni with degrees in civil engineering technology and civil engineer. Marty Schuma, president; Derek Didrikson, vice president in the Bozeman office and project manager for this project, and Allan Frankl, vice president in the Great Falls office are alumni and will all be involved in the development of the project.

The College of Business building is being funded by a generous $25 million gift from MSU alumnus Jake Jabs. A native of Lodge Grass and a 1952 graduate of Montana State College, Jabs is president and CEO of American Furniture Warehouse in Denver, one of the top retail furniture companies in the U.S. and one of the largest privately held businesses in Colorado, with sales topping $330 million in 2008 and 1,400 employees throughout Colorado.

With roughly 1,200 students, the MSU College of Business offers undergraduate programs in accounting, finance, management, and marketing, as well as minors in accounting, business administration, entrepreneurship and small business management, international business, and the management of information technology. The college also offers a master's of professional accountancy degree designed to prepare student for professional careers in the field of accounting.

Contact: Walter Banziger, director, MSU Facilities Planning Design and Construction,, 406.994.6326