Montana State University has selected a site on the southwest side of campus to construct a $35 million, 400-bed residence hall, university officials announced Thursday, Dec. 12.
The building site is located north of the ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Center and south of Madison and Jefferson residence halls, formerly known as North Hedges suites 1 and 2.
Called “site F” during campus meetings, the location was among three recommended to MSU President Waded Cruzado by the University Facilities Planning Board, which spent weeks reviewing data on 13 potential sites and taking comments from students, faculty, staff and community members.
The other sites under final consideration were site G-West, located south of Roskie Hall, and site C, located north of the Animal Biosciences Building on 11th Avenue. All three sites fit into the university's 75-year master building plan.
Though the University Facilities Planning Board recommended three sites to Cruzado, site F received the strongest approval from the 20-member board, with the 18 members present at the meeting voting unanimously to approve the site.
"This site has many advantages and is a great choice for the new residence hall," said Cruzado. "It is in close proximity to many of our other housing options for first-year students, as well as to the soon-to-be expanded and renovated Miller Dining Hall, the ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Center and the Lambert Intramural Fields. Because of this location, the residence hall will be convenient for students and help them fit into campus life and thrive here.”
Other advantages site F has over the other two sites include access to established university infrastructure, such as utilities and parking, which will make the site more cost-effective, Cruzado said.
With the site selected, the university can proceed with architectural design and preconstruction planning for the building. Groundbreaking on the building is expected by early fall 2014, with the project completed and students occupying the residence hall by fall 2016.
The Montana Board of Regents granted MSU permission to plan and build the new residence hall at its November meeting. Schlenker & McKittrick Architects, located in Helena, has been selected as the project’s design team, and NAC Architecture, a national firm with an office located in Spokane, Wash., will serve as specialty consultants. The university is currently accepting proposals for construction services from general contractors/construction management firms, with a firm expected to be selected early in 2014.
Bonds will be issued to pay for the residence hall, which will be targeted primarily to first-year students. Those bonds will then be repaid with revenue from MSU Auxiliary Operations.
“We’re pleased to be moving forward with this new residence hall, which will free up other housing options on campus and also help improve housing options in Bozeman,” Cruzado said. “It’s an important part of our university’s planned growth.”
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