CTA’s Montana Tech grads helping make new campus NRRC special

Students and faculty at Montana Tech (Butte, MT) will soon enjoy a new Natural Resources Research Center (NRRC), scheduled to open prior to the fall 2016 term.

A sizable portion of CTA’s engineering force are Montana Tech grads, many of whom are working on this project. They are committed to making this a world-class facility of which students and alumni alike can be proud. The NRRC will complement an existing Engineering Laboratory Classroom (ELC) building and reinforce the urban and historic character of the Montana Tech campus. In addition, the expansion will feature areas to showcase student and faculty research and projects.

CTA was awarded the contract for the NRRC in late 2013 and has since hit the ground running to ensure the facility represents the vision, mission, and needs of Montana Tech and its students. Montana Tech has a long history of producing world-class graduates that have solved some of the world’s biggest problems, and have developed solutions that power our world. Montana Tech graduates work in every corner of the world and represent the best that Montana has to offer. Montana Tech, wanting to stay ahead of the curve, and seeing the need for America to produce more engineering graduates, saw the need for the NRRC. Once opened, the NRRC will house masters and doctoral level courses and research, and will be at the forefront of Montana Tech’s 21st century curriculum.

CTA has designed a state-of-the-art facility and building that will provide laboratory space for on-campus research. The three-story, 32,000 sq. ft. addition to the ELC building will create cutting edge laboratories, and work and support spaces. The NRRC will include a petroleum research, nano research, energy, strengths and materials testing, composites and wood testing, and occupational safety and health labs; a campus-wide student project studio area; dedicated equipment and machinery rooms; student support areas; office and support space; and an unfinished space for future growth.

For more information and to view additional architectural renderings of the building, visit the Montana Tech Foundation’s website.

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