NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE YELLOWSTONE SCIENCE AND ALLIED HEALTH BUILDING AT MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY BILLINGS
Big Sky Economic Development (BSED) and Montana State University Billings (MSUB), Yellowstone County, Montana will hold an opportunity for public comment on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 7:30 a.m. at BSED’s regular board meeting. Public comments will be heard at BSED office, 1st floor at 222 North 32nd Street, Billings, MT 59101. The purpose of the public meeting is to obtain public comments related to the environmental assessment completed by DSA Architects for the MSUB Yellowstone Science and Allied Health Building project.
The full environmental assessment, building plans, and Coal Board grant application may be found at: https://msubfoundation.com or www.bigskyeconomicdevelopment.org. Written comments may be submitted prior to the public meeting in writing before 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by contacting Robbie Carpenter, at MSUB Foundation, 2615 Virginia or firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (406) 657-2332 during regular business hours. All correspondence submitted before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 will be made a part of the public comment record.
The campus’ location in the heart of Montana’s largest medical corridor provides exceptional access to integrated learning for Allied Health Professions and Science students, and affords exceptional opportunity for employment upon graduation in diverse medical and science-related fields. Over 80% of the graduates work and remain in Montana, and over 50% of those remain in the Billings area, serving the region.
The current building was constructed in 1947 and is in need of renovation to accommodate the number of students using the facility, their educational needs, as well as accommodating sufficient equipment needs and modern technology. Additionally, the structure will be expanded to house the growing College of Allied Health. The building will house a unique interdisciplinary opportunity for students. Today’s students will be tomorrow’s workforce serving the healthcare, energy, agri-business, and preventative health fields — and many others.
The construction of the Yellowstone Science and Allied Health Building is essential to meeting the needs of the region. The renovated building will allow MSU Billings to serve students for another half century which in turn serves all of us. Be a part of this exciting project and donate today.
With an expansion of approximately 30,000 square feet of instructional and research space, Yellowstone Science and Allied Health Building will provide a hands-on laboratory environment, enhance research capacity, increase student enrollment and preparation in growing high-demand occupations, and will attract increasingly research-oriented faculty to the institution.
With staunch support of the majority of the Montana legislators and Governor Steve Bullock, the 2013 legislature appropriated a $10 million allocation as a challenge match for this $15 million project, launching this fundraising effort with 66% of the monies firmly in place.
- 16 labs dedicated solely to teaching, and 11 labs dedicated to research, including a separate athletic training lab.
- Safe, state of the art facilities in a LEED certified building, including tripled lab hood space, labs appropriate for athletic testing, and electrical systems supporting all necessary equipment.
- Shared-use equipment is housed in a centralized communal space.
- Integrate state-of-the-art technology into all classroom and lab spaces.
The Yellowstone Science and Allied Health Building may be renamed to acknowledge and honor contributions made to the project’s completion.