Take a tour of campus these days, and you’ll quickly realize UM in the midst of a building boom.
New structures and building additions are cropping up all over campus.
This spring, work began on the new Phyllis J. Washington Education Center. The 27,000-sqaure-foot addition to the Education Building will employ the most current instructional technology. It is slated for completion by fall 2009.
Indian leaders from every tribe in Montana were on hand for the April groundbreaking on UM’s Native American Center. The 19,900-square-foot facility will rise on the UM Oval, south of the Grizzly Bear statue.
The first of its kind on a U.S. university campus, the center will house the Department of Native American Studies, American Indian Student Services and related campus programming under one roof. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2009.
The new journalism building, Don Anderson Hall, received the Excellence in Craftsmanship Award from the Montana Contractors Association shortly after it was dedicated in 2007.
An addition the Mathematics Building received a 2008 Historic Preservation Award from the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission. One of the four original structures on campus, the building was recently updated to add office space, restrooms and elevators to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
UM’s School of Law is midway through a extensive remodel that will make the building accessible those with physical disabilities, create small and midsized classrooms to accommodate elective courses, add interview rooms and work rooms and improve classroom acoustics and technological capabilities.
And it’s not just academic buildings that are growing. UM’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium was expanded after the 2007 football season to add 2,000 seats. The third expansion in 12 years brings the stadium’s capacity to 25,000 just in time for the 2008 Grizzly football season.