BOZEMAN – Yellowstone Hall, Montana State University’s first freshman residence hall to be built in half a century, will open this fall to 400 incoming freshman students.
“We’re excited that this residence hall will be the home of hundreds of Montana State University students,” said Tom Stump, director of MSU Auxiliary Services. “It’s beautiful and comfortable, and we expect students will love all that it has to offer.”
The new Y-shaped hall features four floors and three wings with mountain views and natural light. The rooms boast high ceilings and lofted beds to make them feel more spacious. Living options include single or double rooms or a semi-suite set-up that has double rooms with sinks on either side of a shared bathroom.
Included in Yellowstone Hall are amenities such as Wi-Fi, lounges with televisions, quiet study areas, a laundry room and a cooking area. Outdoors, the hall features a lawn that opens to recreational fields and a south patio with two large gas grills and tables. It’s also close to an outdoor bouldering rock that is maintained by ASMSU Outdoor Recreation, and 100 new parking spaces have been added.
Importantly, at the intersection of Yellowstone Hall’s three wings are “collision spaces” – or places where students can sit, talk, share ideas, relax and hang out, Stump said.
“We know that students are much more likely to stay in school and graduate if they build connections with their classmates,” Stump said. “These collision spaces are designed for exactly that purpose. And they’re inviting, so we expect that students will use them and really connect with others through them.”
To help showcase Montana’s spectacular natural surroundings, each floor has a theme associated with an ecosystem highlighted by a wall that graphically depicts a portion of the state’s outdoor treasures, such as the Lee Metcalf Wilderness and the Gates of the Mountain Wilderness.
Students may also utilize Yellowstone Hall’s outdoor covered bicycle storage area, a secured indoor bicycle storage area, a bicycle maintenance room and a hallway lined with ski lockers.
The building has been designed to use resources efficiently, Stump said. Two examples are the beetle-kill pine wood boards used throughout the building and a solar wall used to pre-heat hot water and help the university lower its utility bill. Yellowstone Hall is targeting LEED Gold certification, Stump added.
The $34.5 million project was funded by proceeds from a 2013 bond and will be repaid with MSU Auxiliary Services revenues from student housing fees. No tuition or legislature-appropriated tax dollars were used for the project, Stump said.
Langlas & Associates was the general contractor and the architect was SMA Architects of Helena.
A grand opening celebration for Yellowstone Hall will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, on the south patio of the building. The first students will move in on Aug. 24, MSU’s 2016 Move-In Day.
Contact: Tom Stump, director of MSU Auxiliary Services, (406) 994-2661 or email@example.com