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MSU Officials Discuss Location For New Engineering Building

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Montana State University Officials made a recommendation for a site for the new engineering building.

Montana State University Services Associate Vice President, Bob Lashaway said the University Facilities Planning Board is looking to build the Norm Asbjornson Innovation Center south of the SUB.

Currently, the area is occupied by more than six-hundred parking spots.

"We would hope that any solution would not make parking worse at MSU than it is," said Lashaway.

He said the area south of SUB is an ideal spot for the building because it is in close proximity to the current engineering building.

The board has looked into other areas, but Lashaway said many of them won't accommodate a large building.

"We looked at a building next to Hamilton Hall, but that site was really too small for the large complex we are looking to build," said Lashaway. "We also looked at building next to the College of Business."

Some students at MSU are on board with the proposed site plan, but others said it will cause more parking problems.

"I usually park in that lot, but we're going to school to learn so the buildings are more important than the parking," said Brianna Bos, MSU student.

"I think if we're going to be getting rid of parking spots then it's probably not a good idea. There's always been a problem with lack of parking at MSU," said Erin Gammon, MSU student.

Lashaway said they are just in the planning process and many things could happen between now and when they present the site plan to President Cruzado.

"There are a lot of ideas that are being kicked around, but they are only ideas at this point," said Lashaway.

Two meetings are scheduled for the public to give input on the project. Those meetings will take place on April 8 and April 22.

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