March 1-3, 2006

 

ITEM 130-2004-R0306                Authorization to Install Subzero Cold Chambers in Cobleigh Hall; Montana State University-Bozeman

 

THAT:                                       Consistent with the provisions of MCA 18-2-102(2)(c), the Board of Regents of the Montana University System authorizes MSU to install cold chambers in Cobleigh Hall. The estimated cost for this project is $2,000,000.

 

EXPLANATION:                        1.     The existing Cold Regions Research program is located in Cobleigh Hall. This request to install cold chambers will address the need for additional cold lab space and broaden the University’s research capabilities across several departments. The cold chambers will be installed in existing Civil Engineering laboratory space within Cobleigh Hall.

 

2.         The Civil Engineering Dept has received grant funding from the Murdock Charitable Trust and National Science Foundation for purchase and installation of the cold chambers and private funding to purchase equipment for required specialized environmental systems. The installation of the cold chambers will allow the University to enhance its ongoing Cold Regions Research program and increase the ability to attract and retain quality staff and students. 

 

3.         This project will be financed with non-state funding from federal and private grants. No new programs will be created.

 

4.     This project requires the authorization of the Board of Regents and the consent of the Governor.