January 16-17, 2003


ITEM 118-1002-R0103                Increase in Authorization for Research Facility; The University of Montana - Missoula


THAT:                                       Consistent with the provisions of MCA 18-2-102, the Board of Regents  of Higher Education authorizes The University of Montana – Missoula to increase the project budget to construct a new research facility.


EXPLANATION:                        The original request for authority to construct this facility (BOR Item 116-1001-R0902) approved in the September BOR meeting was in the amount of $700,000.  This request will increase the project authority to $1,500,000.  This project will utilize unused authority only authorization from the 55th Legislature.  This project will be financed with indirect costs from research grants and unrestricted funds.


There is a pressing need for additional space for research activities and faculty offices within the School of Forestry.  These programs can be combined with like activities in a single lab facility.