In April 2020, students voted by a margin of 66% for and 34% against to pass a fee to construct a new Student Wellness Center that integrates all student health services in a single facility alongside recreational and fitness spaces. This page provides background information as well as renderings and progress updates on the project.
Groundbreaking was held Sept. 21, 2021, and demolition work is underway. Construction on the Student Wellness Center is anticipated to last approximately two years. The architect for the project is MMW Architects in Missoula in partnership with RDG Planning and Design.The general contractor is Jackson Contractor Group.
The facility would conveniently co-locate all student health, counseling, and wellness services in a one-stop facility that would also include recreational and fitness activities. Students will have accessible and inclusive wellness resources that contribute to their overall health and well-being. Each student has their own path to health and well-being, and this facility will empower students to tend to the different dimensions of their holistic health in a convenient, modern and inclusive space. The space will also support enhancing community and connection among students which is a key component of wellness. Other universities where this integrated model has been adopted report more and better student access to the whole range of health and well-being resources and, in doing so, improved student success.
In a continuing effort to be environmentally conscious, MSU is pursuing a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, v4.1 certification for the project. It is also targeting theLEED Gold level. The program is designed to encourage new developments to be energy efficient and environmentally responsible. TheLEED rating model is constantly evolving to include the most environmentally friendly and forward-thinking designs. Currently, MSU has eight buildings on campus that areLEED certified.
The Student Wellness Center will include a variety of features listed below.
The new Student Wellness Center will include expanded climbing facilities, a multi-purpose activity court (MAC), innovative functional training options, traditional wood courts, an outdoor recreation service desk and a contemporary aquatics space.
The Wellness Center would include comfortable, private spaces for individuals and group mental health counseling as well as enough space to meet current and future capacity for student needs.
This area of the facility would include resources and access to staff providing holistic wellness services in concert with all building partners and the entire campus community.
The new Wellness Center will include modern facilities to provide healthcare and prevention services in a more private and modern space with the ability to see more students on a daily basis.
Campus Planning, Design, & Construction
Montana State University
PO Box 172760
Bozeman, MT 59717-2760