BUTTE — Montana Tech expects construction to begin in early April on the new $10 million Natural Resources Research Center. The 32,000-square-foot building will primarily provide research laboratory space for faculty, undergraduates and graduate students. A feature particular to this new building will be the interior glass walls, designed so visitors will be able to see scientists, both students and faculty, while they work. Chancellor Don Blackketter said he hopes the transparency will help attract new students….
Funded by the state of Montana and from contributions from Conoco Phillips, Halliburton, and Anadarko, the center features three floors and connects to the Energy Lab Classroom building. It is also expected to meet state sustainability standards, Martin Byrnes, architect with the project designer CTA Architect Engineers, said at a presentation this week on campus. The firm is also designing an unfinished area so the building has room to grow.