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Montana State University proposes to rebuild damaged gym

Posted at 8:34 AM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 11:33:15-05

BOZEMAN - Almost a year has passed since two gyms collapsed and a total of three had to be demolished at Montana State University.

If a new proposal goes through it could replace all of that space and then some.

MSU spokesman Michael Becker said it's a proposal that might be early in the process but fills in a lingering empty space.

"The board approved authority for MSU to spend up to 3.5 million dollars to plan, program and design a new replacement wellness center," said Becker.

Last March’s heavy snowfall let the university about 63,000 square feet of gym space to replace.

Becker said a new student wellness center could solve more issues.

“Not only are we gathering a lot of feedback from our students but we are also really looking at all the options that are on the table," Becker said.

The proposal aims to give new life to both the north and south gym, in terms of space which would be about $25 million in order to complete.

MSU hopes to move all of the student medical services, that includes dental and other services, into the same space.

Also the fitness labs that once sat in the bottom of Romney Hall, which is still under construction, would also find a new home.

“Students have told us that medical services and especially counseling services are some of their top priorities,” said Becker.

It’s a project that could range over $30 million to achieve, but Becker said stressing the process being so early is important and student feedback could change that plan.

“We hope to see advance rapidly this semester but it’s going to take at least the rest of the year,” said Becker.

The proposal still has to go back to the board of regents for final approval which could happen in May or June.