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Sessions about design concepts for new MSU College of Business building set for June 18 and July 18

June 8, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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Information and feedback sessions about a new Montana State University College of Business building will be held Monday, June 18, and Wednesday, July 18, on the MSU campus. The informal sessions are planned in order to share information and receive feedback on design concepts for the new building. All interested students, faculty, staff and members of the public are invited to attend.

Both sessions are hosted by the MSU College of Business and will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Reid Hall 402.

MSU officials announced in April that a site in the northeast section of campus had been selected for the $18-million College of Business building. With the site selected, the university can proceed with architectural design and preconstruction planning for the building, but the 2013 Montana Legislature still needs to approve final construction. With legislative approval, ground could be broken in the spring of 2013 with completion in 2015. The new College of Business building will be roughly 45,000 square feet, three stories tall and a minimum of LEED silver certified.

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.

Dick Anderson Construction, headquartered in Helena, Comma-Q Architecture of Bozeman and Hennebery Eddy Architects of Portland, Ore., have been selected at the project's design and construction team.

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.

For more information about the sessions, contact Audrey Lee at 994-7026, email or visit

Contact: Audrey Lee, (406) 994-7026 or