Montana State University Breaks Ground on Student Wellness Center

October 19, 2021
Architecture Sports

Designed in collaboration with RDG Planning & Design, the new student center will serve as a transformational space that supports the mental and physical well-being of students. 

Montana State University officially broke ground on its new $78 million Student Wellness Center on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. The center, which is being designed by RDG Planning & Design in collaboration with Missoula-based MMW Architects, replaces facilities that were damaged or destroyed following record snowfall in 2019, which resulted in a roof collapse of two gymnasia in the university’s fitness center.

The Montana State University Student Wellness Center in Bozeman, Montana by RDG and MMW Architects. Rendering by RDG.

Located on the south side of MSU’s campus in Bozeman, Montana, the new Student Wellness Center and its surrounding site create a best-of-class wellness center, encompassing allied departments from across the campus. The new building serves as a transformational space to support the mental and physical well-being of students and serves as the heart of student life on MSU’s south side.

“Crucial to student success, the wellness center will create a one-stop-shop for MSU students to find health, recreation, academic and athletic resources. This multi-functionality eliminates barriers to use, supports programming and promotes access for each student’s unique campus journey,” said RDG Architect and Senior Partner, Tom Ohle, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP.

Encompassing 150,000 SF of new construction, the wellness center houses gymnasia and fitness spaces, outdoor programs, climbing and bouldering walls, a hybrid pool and remodeled group exercise, locker rooms and offices. University Health Partners, which provides medical, dental, counseling and health advancement services will be co-located in the facility, along with offices and labs for the Health and Human Development Department. The center is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

Written by Erin Van Zee, Communications Director