ITEM 130-2802-R0306��������������� Authorization to Construct a New Wellness Center; Montana State University � Northern


THAT:�������������������������������������� Consistent with the provisions of MCA 18-2-102(2)(c),the Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes Montana State University � Northern to construct a new Wellness Facility.� The estimated cost of this project is $1,250,000.


EXPLANATION:����������������������� The athletic programs at MSU-Northern have grown significantly since the inception of the Armory Gym and the on-campus population of the general student body has shown an increase in the past two years.� Further growth is virtually guaranteed because of: a) the increased popularity of on-campus living; b) the addition of football; c) the increased roster size of the current sports offerings; and d) the need to add women�s sports.


This project will construct a new Wellness Center (8300 sq ft

of new space with an additional 2000 sq ft of existing space-currently the old wrestling room).� This space will include two levels.� An upper level for wellness (aerobics, weight training, conditioning) and a ground level for locker rooms, team rooms and new office space.� This project will positively impact every program in Health and Physical Education, Wellness and Athletics.


This project will be financed with private funds.� No state monies will be used.


This item provides MSU-Northern with the authorization to proceed with the design and construction of the new Wellness Center.� However, construction will not proceed until satisfactory funding has been secured.