The Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship (Jabs) received a $25 million gift from MSU alumnus Jake Jabs last fall. A portion of that gift was used to construct a new building, Jabs Hall. With the assistance of Comma-Q Architecture of Bozeman and Hennebery Eddy Architects of Portland, the college and the university actively planned what the new building will look like on the outside and inside.

Aerial view of Jabs Hall

Favorite thing about the building: "Natural light for studying, access to whiteboards, and bumping into friends [in Jabs Hall]. Just a really great community here." -Spencer Benjamin, senior business student.


Square Feet: 50,830
Fireplaces: 2
Classrooms: 11
Computer Classrooms/Labs: 2
Classrooms without Windows: 0
Team and Conference Rooms for Students: 9
Student Social/Collaboration Spaces: 13
Water Saving Toilets: 29
Projection Systems: 22
Regularly Occupied Spaces with Daylight Views: 90.6%
Numerous Recycling Stations
Geothermal Wells: 52

Energy Cost Savings: 41.97%
Months from Ground Breaking to Move-in: 24


Engineering News-Record 1st Place Regional Award

American Council of Engineering Companies Top Excellence Award



May 2015: Jabs Hall construction is completed. The Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening took place on May 7.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle: MSU's New Jabs Hall Wins Praise from Public

Jabs Hall Ribbon Cutting

January 2015:The glass map of Montana is in and some landscape items are going in.
Jabs Hall progress - January 2015


September 2014: The exterior of the building is practically done with the exception of the main entry way.
New Jabs Hall - Under Construction

August 2014: The exterior of the building is progressing quickly. The building also receives passive solar wall! (click here: news article)
Jabs Hall in August 2014


June 2014: The building is really shaping up. Glass windows and panels are being installed.
Jabs Hall - June 2014

Geothermal Wells have been completed!  Comma-Q put together this video regarding the geothermal features of Jabs Hall and the Leon Johnson Energy District:

Jabs Hall, Digging Deep for BTU's from CQ Media on Vimeo.

Spring 2014: Jabs Hall was also a featured article ("Montana State University Gets Connected to Geothermal") in the Geo Outlook magazine, published quarterly by Oklahoma State University and the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHA): (page 18)

March 2014: Jake Jabs visits MSU and stops by the new building site and was able to participate in the official (last steel beam) signing.
Jabs Hallsigned beam

January 2014: An updated photo on the progress of the building - January 2014
Number of geothermal wells drilled: 26 of 52 have been completed to date
4,875 lbs of glass have been collected to be recycled into fly ash and recycled glass countertops and backsplashes for the building.
Jabs Hall

November 2013:Comma-Q's blogpost and photos - the Z dimension

August: The construction is moving and article in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

June: The sod busters have been busily flattening the ground in preparation for the geothermal well field. Check Comma-Q's blogpost and video to learn more.

May 3, 2013: Groundbreaking!
New Building Design

October 2012: Presentation of the new building design (10-9-2012)
New Building Design

July 2012: One building design was presented to the College and the public with various interior space layouts (7-18-2012).

New Building ModelOpen Forum Session

Three models and designs were presented to the College and the public (6-18-2012).
New Building ModelsOpen Forum Session

May: Sustainability Charette
- 5-24-2012
The College team came together with interested campus stakeholders and talked sustainability.
Sustainability Charette

April 2012: Site Selection
- Future building site to be "north of Wilson"

MSU announced on Friday, April 13 that the $18-million building will be constructed in the northeast section of campus. The building site is north of Wilson Hall, home of the university’s College of Letters and Science, east of one of the campus’ newest facilities, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building built in 2006, and about 500 feet north of Montana Hall, the campus’ iconic administrative center.

Architectural programming, to identify the types and sizes of spaces, should be completed by May and schematic design, which begins to establish the actual building layout and appearance, should be completed by August 2012. The final construction drawings should be completed in March 2013 so that construction could begin immediately following the 2013 Montana Legislature. Final completion and occupancy is set for early 2015!

March: UFPB Meeting re: Site Selection (3-22-2012 in the SUB)

February 2, 2012: Some photos from Day 2 Open Forum
KBZK Video Interviewed us.

Open Forum SessionOpen Forum Session

February: Business School Tours & Architectural Inspiration
For inspiration from other cutting edge Colleges of Business as well as unique company spaces, representatives have been researching facilities such as Stanford and Nike, and will be looking at some local business facilities as well.  Check out photos of local facilities.

Video montage of some inspirational university and business spaces:

Photos of other Colleges of Business and spaces

As a part of the MSU College's spring retreat, conversations regarding teaching/learning spaces and what the College hopes to accomplish in the future were discussed. A video montage from the retreat can be seen below:

January 2012: College Spring Retreat - Planning Sessions:

Comma-Q's project page also has comprehensive information from planning sessions, meetings and renderings concerning the new building.

Contact for more information: [email protected]