MSU College of Business

Construction of the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship will begin in June of 2013. The General Contractor/Construction Manager is Dick Anderson Construction of Bozeman. BIDDING DOCUMENTS are available for download by clicking HERE. Additional project information is also available by downloading the Invitation To Bid
go bobcats!Welcome to the Comma-Q multimedia center for the design of the new College of Business at Montana State University. Check here for updates on the progress and process. We also have a list of the planning news, as does the MSU CoB.

We at Comma-Q Architecture, Inc. are proud to be the principal architects for this inspiring project. We’re equally proud to be partnering with Hennebery Eddy Architects, Portland, Oregon.

Jabs Hall Under Construction

caissondrillDick Anderson Construction began construction in May of 2013 and are scheduled to complete the project in October of 2014. The first classes are anticipated to be held in the new building in the Summer of 2015. Visit the Construction Page for more information.

MSU CoB Design Development November 2012

In early November of 2012, after very public and inclusive Programming, Site Selection and Schematic Design phases, the design team presented final Design Development materials to the Building and Executive Oversight Committees. Site Plans, Floor Plans, Interior and Exterior Renderings and a beautiful model (pictured above) were presented to enthusiastic and unanimous approval by both Committees. The Project now moves into the Construction Document Phase with Bidding scheduled for Spring 2013 and Construction slated to begin early Summer 2013.

CoB faculty and students, and to members of the community: We heartily welcome your input.

Sustainability – building for today and tomorrow

On May 24, 2012, the College of Business team came together with interested campus stakeholders and talked sustainability – concepts, products, attitudes, LEED scorecards and much more are summarized here

MSU CoB Final Three Sites, March 2012

MSU CoB Tours, February 2012

MSU CoB Faculty Retreat, January 2012

MSU CoB, October 2011

Jake Jabs, CEO of Denver-based American Furniture Warehouse, author, and MSU Class of 1952, donates $25 million to the MSU-Bozeman College of Business. It is the largest private gift made in the history of Montana higher education.

MSU News Items:

Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship for the New West  logo

The mission of the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship for the New West is to help Montana businesses flourish by connecting them to Montana State University students and resources. The Center incorporates hands-on experiential education by pairing students with start-up or growth technology companies and serves as a connection to businesses and organizations throughout Montana.

MSU President Waded Cruzado makes the gift announcement. Jake Jabs speaks to the CoB faculty and students:

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17 responses to “MSU College of Business”

  1. Wendy McCarty says:

    NOTE: If any site is chosen that would impact parking, the parking spaces would need to be replaced as part of the construction costs of the building.

    My only request would be to build the replacement parking lot first – then the building!

  2. Sheila Crowe says:

    The promised “replaced” parking spaces bring concern that the money-sucking parking garage will be brought back to life. The cost of the parking garage proposed a few years ago (at ~$6000/space) should have included a valet and eternal heated parking. I exaggerate a little…but not about the estimated cost. Let’s not go down that road again. Please. Hopefully, Jake Jab will be allowed to apply some of his business sense to this project.

  3. Harry Benham says:

    I’ve heard that the Classroom Committee discussions were “lively.”

    Friday as I was walking around Reid, I noticed that one instructor had re-configured the traditional Reid classroom to have the students all sitting in a circle.

    My point is that CoB faculty will go to great lengths to try classroom configurations other than all students facing the instructor.

  4. Nancy Colton says:

    I am not sure from the map of the exact location of the the “south” site & so the building may not interfere, but here is my concern.

    The K-12 health enhancement major conducts classes outside on the field directly east of the Fitness Center. The classes are scheduled in the South Gym as a backup to inclement weather. Looking at the schedule of classes and room designation, use of this field is not indicated but occurs.

    In addition, once my class ends, the marching band utilizes this field during the late afternoons during Fall semester & the MSU sports camp the entire summer.

    Nancy Colton
    Assistant Professor
    Health & Human Development

  5. Steve Bruner says:

    On a gut level, my vote would be for the lot just east of Hamilton Hall. While parking is certainly a real need for the MSU community, I don’t think a parking lot in the middle of campus is the best use of such prime real estate. It may provide some convenience, but otherwise does little to enhance the experience of the entire MSU community. A new building in that space would contribute vibrancy to an otherwise benign space at the center of many students’ university experience. Think of how much more connected a person would feel walking down the mall with the COB building standing in place of the parking lot.

  6. Kerry Hanson says:

    as a college of business alumna, thank you for the careful considerations all are taking on the new building site. i personally, would like to submit my support for the area nearest the north end of campus – i believe near the chemistry building. i know in MSUs long range plan, it was discussed that that become a new main entrance to campus (in fact, i would have torn down johnstone and mullan and built the building there, as those pink buildings are just NOT good). I think having our new COB building at that main entrance (which is also why Spirit the Bobcat was placed there and facing the bridgers), would be a new jewel to campus, thinking about what visitors see when directed up 8th or 11th.

    I think if you put the building in the current pay lot…a lot of folks will scream…there is already not enough parking…

    so, i support the Hamilton Hall lot then, as the #2 choice, b/c it is central to campus, although i think we’d be best served with our newest spectacular building being more on the outskirts/at an entrance to campus. i like the #2 choice for centrality/convenience for students, but agree it could crowd upon Danforth Chapel.

    again thank you – what an exciting time for MSU and the COB!

  7. Tim Malone says:

    MSU should follow the trend of other schools and incorporate underground parking into the building design. Other schools have demonstrated this successful technique to the extent that every new building added includes underground parking.

  8. Michael Brody says:

    In regards to the proposed site for the new Business School building, I would like the administration to consider the perspectives of the people who live in the immediate residential neighborhoods and historic district of Bozeman north and east of campus. The arguments concerning the proposed site south of Wilson Hall and the neighboring existing parking lot have already been discussed in numerous public meetings when the parking garage was proposed. Those public meetings resulted in a long list of community issues concerning developing this part of campus including increased traffic, our children walking to Irving Elementary School, encroaching on the well-being of the neighborhoods (some of us can still hear the vents from the chemistry building day and night) and the historic nature of the surrounding buildings. It seems obvious, as stated above, that campus “in-building” (east of Hamilton Hall) or expanding campus into less developed areas (south and west) would be in the best interest of MSU and the relationship with its closest neighbors. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

  9. Bunny Gaffney says:

    As one who uses the paid parking regularly to visit the SUB, I am very concerned about being able to access the book store if the parking lot is done away with in order to build the new Business college. I really feel patrons of the SUB who have to drive and park to access it would be up in arms about any such decision.

  10. Judith Brenner says:

    I wonder if they have even considered using an empty building, as there seem to be a lot still around Bozeman. I believe this should be looked into. As a former teacher of business classes in a high school in Montana I think a business college would be an excellent thing for MSU. But let’s be realistic and watch what we spend to do this project. J. Brenner

  11. Judith Brenner says:

    I feel that it is a wise decision to have a business college at MSU, however, I wonder why they have not considered an empty building as I am sure there are many in Bozeman. In this economy why spend money on a building and upset people by using valuable parking lots. This is an option I believe that should be investigated before you make the final decisions. Judy B.

  12. Amanda Cater says:

    I use the current pay parking lot several times per month. I often come to the bookstore for art supplies, etc. and in the evenings for lectures in the SUB. I have not attended any function in the College of Business in 30 years, so I doubt that I would start now. Please consider other sites for the new building.

    I think Judith Brenner has an interesting idea in using an empty building somewhere near campus if there is one rather than building anew.

  13. George Thompson says:

    The Wilson Hall site proposal for the Jabs Center poses a number of problems.
    1. It ignores the program requirements for the Jabs bldg and the visible relationship of the College of Business to the professional community.
    2. The location will never be a “new” gateway to MSU. Bozeman’s current and future transportation links do not show significant traffic throught the 8th st residential district. 8th and College intersection contain a car repair shop, run down gas station/C-store. The proposed Jabs site is kiddy-corner (??) from marginal rental property not owned by the University. Johnstone Hall is simply well beyond useful life.
    3. Saying this will be a new MSU entry is an architectural concept with no basis as 8th street terminates into the Wilson loading dock. Like the crits on presentations in architectural grad school, “when my eyes are closed the presentation sounds good, but when I open my eyes, nothing is there to support your ideas”

    4. Principal entry points to the campus are off Kagy/7th, and 11th, Grant Street. 8th street was closed off with Wilson Hall when it became apparent that horseless carriages had made the original campus planning efforts obsolete.
    5. Burying a LEED type of building into the north side of a slope when you have better locations to choose from is a bit silly and simply irresponsible . The operational expenses gained (or lost) with a large passive solar building will be significant over the life span of the building.

    The Wilson site will become nothing more than another example of poor planning decisions made by those who don’t invest their own money in their commercial projects, and make poor choices for their clients.

    Will buy you dinner when 8th street becomes a major entry to Campus.

  14. Jennifer Britton says:

    I am aware that one of the building sites may impact the stand of trees on the north side of Wilson Hall. As faculty in PSPP Environmental Horticulture/Landscape Design I have some serious concerns with this location.

    1. This is one of the few remaining areas on campus where students in our department can learn and see mature coniferous material, it is in part our outdoor classroom. Due to Montana’s very short growing season any “tree mitigation” would take far too long for trees to mature for use in instruction. A resounding question the is what does this say about MSU’s support of the School of Agriculture?

    2. Politically the business school might consider their impacts on other campus programs. Especially in these times as business schools in generally are harshly criticized for their lack of ethical training. There is great irony in the business school cutting one of the last significant stand of trees on campus when they could easy plan to work around them- how indicative of our current environmental issues.

    3. Sustainability. You here it around campus, but you don’t really see it. Here is the chance to put actions in front of rhetoric. Have a press release let’s toot our horn that money did not trump environmental concern.

    4. Bozeman and MSU has significant issues with their storm water management. Existing tree canopy, particularly coniferous material, helps to mitigate storm water impacts from the building.

    5. LEEDS certification includes consideration of plant material- cutting down trees is not a plus.

    6. I have heard that one reason is for building densification on campus. Before joining MSU I was a City Planner for the City of Seattle, and I mention this to illustrate I have a background in city densification. However, in the case of MSU in Bozeman MT, moving the building 100′ to save the trees will be insignificant to accomplishing densification of buildings on campus. If anything you won’t have shading issues and can utilize passive solar heating more efficiently. This sounds a hollow reasoning.

    7. It is also my understanding that the current trees have a significant assessed value that would need to be paid. I’m not sure if it’s good practice to show business students they can simply pay later for environmental destruction. Not everything is replaceable.

    When all said and done it seems this is not the best location.

  15. Marc Giullian says:

    Before I began one of my classes yesterday (3/28), I heard two of my students lamenting the lack of quiet study areas on campus. They both like having a quiet place to do their individual studying. I am aware that much of the emphasis of the discussion about the building has been related to having places where people can come together. I think it is important that the desire for quiet study, student space also be noted and integrated into the building as much as possible. As a professor, I want my students to read and study and if a nice, quiet space will encourage more reading and studying (and for these students, it will) then I want to voice this desire and I hope it can be accomdated in some way.

  16. Tim Melevin says:

    From the number of other Universities where I have worked or visited, our current school of business seems to be deficient in providing a quiet enjoyable study space for the students to read or work.

    Many students do not have a quiet atmosphere at home, and it would be productive if we could provide a library or group study location for them.

    Reading is a very important part of learning and should be encouraged, and possibly even segregated from on line computer labs which could distract the students.

  17. Peggy Iba says:

    I was so glad to see you groundsourced (geothermal) the building so you get the benefit of AC and heating using the earth’s constant temperature. All the architectural students should be familiar with this as the EPA rates it the most energy efficient, environmentally clean and cost effective space conditioning system available. You are making our tax dollars and your tuition money go farther. Good job.

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