In lieu of the new 50 million dollar College of Engineering building moving into the Montana State neighborhoo, MSU may need to find more parking spaces. MSU has decided to put the new engineering building across from the Student Union Building, but currently, that space contains 400 parking spaces. Planners want to replace the lost 400 spaces with an additional 600, but the location has yet to be determined. MSU wants the new engineering building to become the pseudo-center of campus life, but in order to do that, MSU will have to play musical chairs with their parking areas.
Builders and planners have laid out a few plans, all with benefits and drawbacks. One of the ideas garnering more steam would be to build a parking garage. The parking garage would be 600 spaces and 3 to 4 stories high. The cost of the garage would be 12 million dollars and would cost $20,000 per space. The parking garage would add Streamline and Skyline bus stops as well as a bike storage and repair center to better become the transportation center of campus.
Another idea that has been suggested is to just build a 600 person standard lot. A standard lot would be much cheaper ($2,500 a lot) but would also have to be located much farther away. Currently, planners have considered putting the spaces out by the MSU Football Stadium.
More than likely, money will be raised by raising the prices of parking permits and day parking. No official decision has been made in regard to either plan.
MSU continues look forward and continues to improve its existing campus while adding new methods to continue improving. MSU’s current positive momentum can be attributed to their forward thinking. MSU has recently seen a myriad of new records, and awards that validate their hard work and planning.