May 17-18, 2001
111-1501-R0501 Authorization to
Proceed to Design and Construct an Expansion to the Health, Physical Education
and Recreation (HPER) Building; Montana Tech of The University of Montana
THAT: The Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes Montana
Tech to renovate an area within its HPER Building in order to increase space
for its weight room area. This
expansion responds to increased student demand as well as safety requirements. This authorization includes approval for
Montana Tech to take out an Intercap loan of $300,000 to be repaid through
student fees. Upon repayment of the
loan, the student fee revenue would support the operation of the HPER facility.
EXPLANATION: Students initiated this weight room expansion project to improve the quality of student
wellness, physical fitness, and strength training facilities. The current space exceeds safety standards
due to the close proximity of heavy and potentially dangerous equipment and overcrowding. New additional strength training equipment
will also be purchased for the expanded facility. The new fee to support this
project is being requested by the students through Montana Tech’s submission to
the MUS Validation and Inventory of Fees process. On two occasions, student votes strongly supported the project
and the new mandatory fee. The Montana
Tech Administration supports this student initiative. The expansion will convert existing space to create a new room at
the second floor level of the building.
This new room will be in close proximity to the existing weight room,
also on the second floor, allowing for convenient access to both. A completed preliminary architect’s design
determined feasibility and provides an accurate cost estimate.
drawings for project.