The Space Management Committee reviews and updates the MSU Space Policies, Principles and Procedures, Research Guidelines and Space Standards every three years. The documents are intended to aid in the planning, allocation, and management of campus space in establishing equitable, consistent, efficient and flexible planning parameters for making sound management decisions regarding space allocation for both new construction and building renewal and renovation.

SMC Agendas and Requests

2017 Agendas and Completed Requests

2018 Completed Requests

2019 Completed Requests


Open Space Requests

Department  Requester Request Type Description Date  to Occupy Justification of Need RSC? Other Info
Earth Sciences

Michael Babcock

Approved by: Associate Dean David Eitle

Office space for faculty member Dr. Eric Sproles was assigned Traphagen 200 to serve as both his faculty office and research laboratory. With 3 graduate students, undergraduate research assistants, and the need for a private quiet place for Eric to work, this large open room is not ideal to be both a faculty office and lab. July Proposal: assign faculty office Traphagen 305 to Dr. Sproles. Traphagen 200 will remain a lab for his growing research group. I will be vacating my faculty office Traphagen 428C early next week and moving to the Earth Sciences department heads office on the 2nd floor of Traphagen Hall. A psychology faculty member (Dr. Oosterhoff) will be moving into my vacate office (Traphagen 428C) from his current 3rd floor office (Traphagen 305) to be closer to his lab space. This generates a vacant faculty office- Traphagen 305. This solution will not require the displacement of anyone. No We have examined all office space on the first and second floors of Traphagen. Moving Eric to the soon to be vacant office on the 3rd floor appears to be the only solution to allow this faculty member to have a dedicated lab space for his scholarship (Trap 200) and a faculty office to meet with students and do work.

Robin Francis

Approved by: Dean Kenning Artlitsch

Cost estimate/feasibility We would like to secure an area on the 4th floor of Renne library so we can bring the Conrad Burns papers over and process them.  The papers cannot be in an open area. TBD We have had the materials in the storage sheds but this is not a feasible arrangement to sort through the materials in a timely fashion. Would like to put up some kind of temporary wall around a range of bookshelves on the 4th floor.  This would not go to the ceiling.  Would like a cost estimate.    

Tia Brown

Approved by: Dean Ranalli

Addtn'l Space/refurbishment As the JJCBE continues to grow in student headcount, the need to hire addition staff to provide academic advising to these students has also increased There are not enough offices within the current suite to allow suitable working condition for these recent hires. Hoping to extend hallway from Jabs 124, renovate/refurbish existing, adjacent areas. TBD The storage closet at the end of the hallway of the Office of Student Services Suite bumps up against an adjoining wall to the catering room.  The college would like to explore the possibility of creating a passage way to the catering room through the closet.  If possible, then the catering room would need small cosmetic changes to turn it into two office spaces. No Currently, additional academic advisors have be using space in the BBCC writing Center located in Jabs Hall.  This causes a bottleneck in the number of staff we can hire to assist students in the BBCC writing center for lack of desk space.
Earth Sciences

Jordy Hendrikx


Office space/Lab space New researcher (Prof Don Blankenship) coming to MSU. Needs lab space and office space. Is proposing to bring large, multi-year, multi-million dollar grants if we can provide space. Proposal of shared used of LJH 611, along with Prof Skidmore. Therefore, with some reorganization of the Skidmore lab group equipment we consider it should be possible for Blankenship's group to use the east half of LJH 611, and to the best of my understanding this would be adequate lab space for Blankenship's research group in the near term. Once approved He has two technicians/engineers that would be working full time in the lab. In addition to the two technicians/engineers it is my understanding that he would be bringing a project manager, a research scientist and two post-docs to MSU, therefore I think his needs for office space would be as follows:-

1.    Project PI and Research Professor (Dr. Blankenship)
2.    Project manager (Dr. Quartini)
3.    Research Scientist (Dr. Beem)
4.    Post Docs (Drs. Rutishauser and Scanlan)
There are four offices adjacent to the LJH 611 lab space, Rooms 605 A, B, C and D that could be repurposed for use by Dr. Blankenship's group.
The location of this lab, and adjacent offices best use this space to increase research synergy and capacity.
Yes No other space we have would meet these needs. This is the only viable solution that we can see, other than allocating an entirely new space elsewhere - which would be less ideal due to synergy with Skidmore Lab
ECE Anja Kunze Office space adjacent to lab I am the P.I. of the Kunze Lab (TT Faculty). My lab currently houses a 690 sqft lab space in CBB 324 classified as BSL-2. By this summer, my lab comprises 4 graduate students, 2 REU students, 2 INBRE students who are sharing desks in a 180 sqft office space. My lab is funded through an NSF CAREER and a TEER grant. My office, however, is located more than a 5 min walk away from my lab space in COBH 509, which makes it very difficult to supervise these eight students effectively, providing training, supervising experiments at the wet bench, and reacting in a timely manner (less than 5 min!) to safety concerns. TBD I am requesting an office space in CBB to be closely located to my research lab and research group. The office is required to meet with students to brainstorm on their research ideas and progress. Students need a room where they can freely talk to me and express their concerns regarding their personal development, and regarding group dynamics in the lab. The NACOE has invested in a renovation project in CBB 324 of about $130,000 including the installation of an externally vented biosafety cabinet to fulfill safety requirements necessary for our research.   The ECE Department has already provided addtn'l office space for my students. This space, however, is located in COBH which is again 5 min away from the place where we do the experiments and can therefore only be used for computational work (1 student).

Ecology Diane Debinski New Space Large fish collection stored in alcohol in the Vertebrate Museum in Lewis Hall that is a fire hazard.    Because Lewis Hall has no sprinkler system on the 4th floor and no fire proof cabinets or other protective measures, the limit is a maximum allowable quantity of 15 gallons of alcohol. Fire proof cabinets cannot fit into the museum. As such, for safety reasons, there is a  need to move the majority of fish collection to another location.    

John How

Renovation/refurbishment Construct new bathrooms and renovate existing bathroom with shower fixture. Possibly relocate electrical panel. Add sink and breakfast bar for small electrical appliances (microwave, toaster, etc). TBD No bathrooms in the e-scrap area No  

Mark Jutila

Addtn'l space or relocation New Faculty member; requires research space.  One possibility is LJH 641, but need common lab space for equipment currently in 641 and used by two MBI faculty members.  Also, are there other lab options available on campus? TBD Look at 6th floor LJH. One possibility is LJH 641, but need common lab space for equipment currently in 641 and used by two MBI faculty members.  Also, are there other lab options available on campus?    
Civil Engineering

Craig Woolard

Change in use The new Environmental Engineering UG program will require the CE department's existing environmental engineering research lab be converted to a teaching lab. That research space for existing faculty, as well as research space for our new environmental engineering hire, will need to be provided. TBD Faculty are currently sharing research space. The new environmental engineering undergraduate program and its required teaching lab space makes new research space necessary    

Nick Childs

Renovation/refurbishment Space for growing peer mentoring program for students taking PHSX 205, 207, 220, 222. This request is for the addition of a clear wall to create an isolated space in the SE corner of the 2nd floor of Barnard Hall adjacent to room 254. Other minor and low cost renovations/refurbishments would greatly improve the aesthetics of the area.  TBD In the Fall of 2018 Barnard Hall 252 was occupied with mentoring groups 78% of the hours between 8 am and 5 pm. During the Spring of 2019 the program expanded to support PHSX 207 and PHSX 222 and now acts as a resource for twice as many students that it did in the Fall. As a 8' x 16' converted closet without windows Barnard Hall 252 was an insufficient space that limited the amount of group times that could be offered to begin with. During the spring of 2019, with twice the number of students and a growing awareness from students, the demand for the program from students cannot be met with our current space. This problem is expected to progressively get worse as student awareness and enrollment continues to grow. No  

Carina Beck

Addtn'l space or relocation When the Hilleman Scholars Program was conceived and implemented, space allocation was not factored into the start-up plan.  Now, as we prepared to welcome our fourth cohort to MSU, we need an official home for the program that includes office space, meeting, tutoring and instruction space for the scholars.

The Hilleman Scholars Program is physically located in shared space the AYCSS (SUB 177)
When funding identified We have housed the MSU Hilleman Scholar Program in the AYCSS for three years.  As the program continues to grow (both with scholars and staff), we are requesting permanent space to support the current and future objectives of the program. No  
Landscape Architecture

Jennifer Britton, Charles Boyer

Additional Square Footage Office and breakout space needed for NTT faculty  TBD Landscape Design has recently hired new NTT faculty  No  

Yves Idzerda, Bridget Kevane

Additional space  Physics Grad students need additional office space TBD Current space in Barnard 323, 324 & 338 is inadequate.  No  

Diane Debinski, Bridget Kevane

Additional SqFt, Space for Research Need for new lab space for prospective hire TBD Ecology needs more lab space for new research/teaching faculty Yes  
Mech & Industrial Engineering

Kevin Amende

Space for research High bay space (15ft) requested for research in high altitude gas testing. 2/1/2018 No space in current allocation has high bay space Yes  
College of Arts & Architecture

Dean Royce Smith

Central Gallery Space Repurposing storage room into an innovative exhibition space to showcase works by MSU Faculty, Students, and Alumni. Exhibit would also be open to the public. Space used for art shows, master classes, demonstrations, and display-oriented activities. 1/1/2018 CAA has limited gallery exhibition space on campus. This space coincides with the MSU ArtsPark and MSU's strategic plan which encourages display of creative endeavors. No Multiple requesters for this space

Yves Idzerda

Instructional Lab Space New Physics lab space with group tables, white boards, and electrical outlets. 8/1/2018 Physics 3 class labs (AJMJ 137,138, 146) are out completely full 8am-7pm and Physics needs to add a new class section Fall 2018. N/A  
University Police

Mike Stanley

5 Offices with 2-3 dedicated parking spaces Conference Room

MSU and City of Bozeman are forming new joint SVU and bringing in 4-5 staff members. Requesting space in CFT2, CFT5, or Culbertson. 9/1/2017 New hires and limited available space in Huffman  No Reviewing Faculty Court 23 and 25
Plant Science & Plant Pathology

Kevin McPhee

Approved By: John Sherwood

Seed processing lab work space Area 600 square feet or larger. Seed cleaning will generate dust requiring a controlled ventilation room for safety. 3/1/2017 New Pulse Crop Breeding program requires space to store seed both short and long term. Seed samples must be prepared for planting and post harvest. Yes Linfield Garage
Office of International Programs

David DiMaria

Approved By:
Provost Mokwa
Long-term space for operations in central campus OIP would like operations to move to a central office location in central campus area 5/1/2017- 8/1/2017 18 workstations must be accommodated and can be separated based on teams.    
 Human Resources

Cathy Hasenpflug

Approved By:
Terry Leist 
Long-term office space for central HR function

Office space for 27+ staff and filing cabinets/ personnel records.

(Operations in temporary space with lease ending in June 2017)

6/1/2017 HR was removed from Nopper building due to chemical fume disruption. Long-term space needed.    Moved to Renne/Culb 200 Temp.
Human Resources Betsy Webb

Dedicated Training Space for 50+

Space dedicated for employee development programs. Capacity of 50. Seats around round tables, projector, smart podium, white boards, storage, possible adjacent admin space.

7/1/2017 Consistent need for a dedicated space to offer employee development programs. Significant amounts of time are spent finding space and preparing to use spaces that could be used more effectively and efficiently to provide training services.    

Kenning Arlitsch

Approved By:
Kenning Arlitsch
Compact shelving space and processing space for archival collections Requesting Renne Library basement space to move library stacks to accommodate future renovation (Library Master Plan) as well as an archival processing space. 1/1/2017

1. Move collections from Renne 2 & 3 to basement. Stacks need basement level due to load weight


2.Would like archival processing space for recently acquired Conrad Burns collection.