Members Present: Royce Smith-Chair, John How-Vice Chair, Sreekala Bajwa, Christina Fastnow, Brett Gunnink, EJ Hook, Kris Johnson, Mike McNeil, Duane Morris, Tom Rogers, Leslie Schmidt, Joe Schumacher (for Chis Kearns), David Singel (for Robert Mokwa), Dan Stevenson (for Terry Leist)

Proxys: None

Members Absent: Anton Beckerman, John Brittingham, Bill Clinton, Steve Erickson, Stephanie Neises (for Mike Stanley), Brenden Pelkie (for Taylor Blossom)

Staff & Guests:  Madison Graff, Candace Mastel, Leslie Schroeder



Tom Rogers moved to approve the draft notes from October 22, 2019.

Leslie Schmidt seconded the motion.

The meeting notes were unanimously approved: 14 Aye, 0 Nay








ITEM No. 4 – RECOMMENDATION – Bobcat Athletic Complex Design Review

Madison Graff presented the recommendation to approve the design of the Bobcat Athletic Complex exterior and public space.


Building will include a lobby, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, staff locker room, team locker room, weight room, training room with hydrotherapy, nutrition bar, and coaching video suite.  Unique design features include a transparent façade (lots of glass to generate interest about what is happening inside), “front door” to MSU off Kagy Boulevard, visual connection to the stadium, a pedestrian plaza, and an additional shell space for a health partner.  Block houses will eventually be removed, but scoreboard will remain.


Emergency access is being planned for, as well as safe crossing of Kagy Boulevard for athletes, students, and fans.


Font consistency will be important for signage and interior branding.  Athletics and MSU each have their own specific fonts, brands and marks.  Discussion about whether exterior signage of BAC should match MSU font or Athletics font.  BAC sign and large “M” will not match campus sign at the northeast corner of 11th and Kagy.  However, campus signs are not consistent among themselves (South 11th Avenue & College Street sign is different than South 11th Avenue & Kagy Boulevard sign), so perhaps this is okay, as long as BAC sign reads “Montana State University Bobcat Athletics Complex” and not simply “Montana State University”.  University Communications has been involved in conversations with the design team. 


No solar panels are planned for this building.  LEED Silver certification is targeted (and on target).  Thermochromatic windows on the south side (like in NAH) would work well, but they are expensive.


Stormwater and snow removal will be a challenge, due to the limited areas for drainage.


Flexible site plan will allow for future expansion of Kagy Boulevard.


Royce Smith made the recommendation to approve subject to consistency of fonts, branding, and marks.

Tom Rogers seconded the motion.

The Vote:  14 Aye, 0 Nay



ITEM No. 5 – RECOMMENDATION – American Indian Hall Building Sign Location

Candace Mastel presented the recommendation to approve one of two potential locations for the AIH building sign.


All buildings on campus have a standard ground-mounted building sign.  Two potential sign locations have been identified by the design team and the Building Committee.  Option 1 is to the left of the main entrance to the building.  Option 2 is near the southwest corner of the site for more visibility from Centennial Mall. 


After much discussion, including signage visibility from the small drop-off loop off of South 6th Avenue, Candace clarified that the intention of this sign is building identification and not wayfinding. 


Kris Johnson motioned to follow standard MSU practice to use one sign (not multiple) placed in the standard location (near the front entrance).

Tom Rogers seconded the motion.

John How motioned to approve Option 1 for the location of the AIH building sign.

Chris Fastnow seconded the motion.

The Vote:  12 Aye, 2 Nay (Brett Gunnink, Joe Schumacher)


Horizon Items

Public Art and Artifact Committee Procedures


John How motioned to adjourn the meeting.

Chris Fastnow seconded the motion.

The Vote:  14 Aye, 0 Nay