MISSOULA — With funding in place and legislative approval in hand, the University of Montana is moving forward with a series of building projects, from an academic hub for student athletes to a $9.3 million executive training center.
The university also planned to make progress this week in reviewing East Broadway as a possible site for Missoula College, and the Adams Center will soon move forward with a basement renovation needed to attract larger shows.
Michael Reid, vice president of administration and finance at UM, said funding has been secured for most of the projects now in the pipeline. The 2013 Legislature approved construction, including a student-athlete academic center.
“We’re looking at starting the student-athlete academic center next spring,” Reid said. “We’re just waiting to get final information from the state architects and engineers.”
The $2.5 million project calls for a two-level addition on the west side of the Adams Center. The new facility will provide both office space for athletic programs and a monitored study suite for student athletes.
State architects say the project will further enhance the Adams Center’s most prominent facade. Work on the center’s basement also is planned to help accommodate traveling shows too large for the current facility.
“With that project, the Adams Center is funding a $500,000 basement shell-out for future expansion,” Reid said. “As long as we’re doing construction on the student-athlete study center, we’ll shell out the basement so the Adams Center can bring in all the shows it wants to.”
Brad Murphy, director of the Adams Center, said funding for the basement project was raised in revenues generated by the facility. He said the project will include adding dressing rooms for performances and additional locker room space for high school sporting tournaments.
“It’s needed to bring in bigger shows,” Murphy said. “Expanding our facilities will be huge. It’ll bring us up to industry standards.”
Murphy said venues in Spokane offer performers eight dressing rooms while Bozeman offers six. The Adams Center, however, currently offers just two, “and they aren’t very nice,” Murphy said.