Montana State University

New modular buildings to house instructional labs at MSU

April 14, 2008 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN --Workers are preparing the area north of the new Chemistry and Biochemistry Building for two modular buildings that will house instructional laboratories during the next two years, said David Singel, head of MSU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Montana State University.

Approximately 1,000 freshmen a year take instructional labs for general chemistry, Singel said. Those labs are currently located in Gaines Hall, the long-time home of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Workers, however, will take Gaines Hall down to the floors and vertical columns after classes end this spring, Singel said. Over the next two years, they will rebuild Gaines to house instructional labs for undergraduate students in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, earth sciences, physics and other disciplines. Gaines will also hold the modern language department, the Center for Student Success, and a new lecture theatre.

When the Gaines project is finished, the general chemistry labs will move out of the modular buildings and return to Gaines, Singel said. Labs for sophomore organic chemistry will return from their temporary home in the new Chemistry and Biochemistry Building. Upper division labs will return from other locations around campus.

Singel said the modular buildings near the new Chemistry and Biochemistry Building will be high-quality, attractive structures that will allow MSU to continue to recruit and retain students. The buildings are not trailers, but reinforced prefabricated buildings with pitched roofs. They will be insulated. The buildings will set parallel to each other with a covered breezeway between them. Together, they will hold six chemistry labs, a help center, restrooms and office space. The south building must be up and running by May 19.