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Renovation of MSU building will close nearby street for years

Posted at 10:23 AM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 12:23:11-04

BOZEMAN – A historic hall at Montana State University is about to get a much-needed renovation.

Romney Hall has stood on MSU’s campus since 1922, and the inside shows it. But construction will shut down a nearby street for years.

Starting August 5, Grant Street outside of Romney Hall will be closed for construction.

The plans for the renovation go back to April when the Montana Legislature approved $25 million for the renovation and re-purposing of Romney Hall.

According to MSU officials, the hall only had a few offices, a few classrooms, and a gym and had started to not get used as much as it used to.

This project will add 19 classrooms and 1,000 classroom seats.

MSU spokesperson Michael Becker said the renovations will turn Romney Hall into a classroom hub.

“Older buildings like this are, of course, vital to the historic character of our campus, but we also want to make sure that we are getting the most use out of all of the buildings that we have under our stewardship,” Becker says. “This renovation will certainly help us make the full use of Romney Hall.”

The renovations will also add a writing center, math center and an expanded center for MSU’s veterans.

-Reported by Cody Boyer/MTN News