MSU Billings to break ground for new science and allied health building

MSU BILLINGS FOUNDATION NEWSStudents, alumni, friends and supporters of Montana State University Billings, attend a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Yellowstone Science and Allied Health Building on Wednesday, Sept. 12. After that, stay for a reception with free hors d’oeuvres.

The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. in the current science building parking lot at MSU Billings. Representatives from campus, legislators, and major donors receive golden shovels and break ground to commemorate this exciting new development. 

In 2013, the state legislature tasked the foundation with raising $5 million as a condition of a $10 million appropriation. As a result, the $15 million total funds updates to the current science building, originally built in 1947. Further, the expansion and renovation includes space to house both the sciences and allied health programs when complete.

“We could not have reached this milestone without the generosity of more than 500 donors who contributed to our campaign,” said MSU Billings Foundation President and CEO Bill Kennedy. “Because of their support, MSU Billings will have state-of-the-art facilities to match the exceptional education students received here over 91 years. Now, everyone who donated, volunteered and supported this project can celebrate this success for campus and our community.”

Meanwhile, fundraising continues toward a $200,000 goal to cover added costs. To that end, the MSU Billings Foundation continues to sell commemorative bricks. A 4-by-8-inch brick is $250, and an 8-by-8-inch brick is $500. After the building is complete, personalized and engraved bricks will be laid into a walkway nearby.

Learn more about the Yellowstone Science and Allied Health Building project. Contact Robbie Carpenter, MSU Billings Foundation campaign director, at (406) 657-2332 or


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