DHC Building Renovations Complete Thanks to Donors

Nearly 20 years ago, Ian and Nancy Davidson made a gift that changed the scope of honors education at the University of Montana. As UM alumni, they saw the importance of the honors college and were instrumental in funding a beautiful new facility, known since as the Davidson Honors College (DHC) Building. This winter, thanks to their continued support, the building’s garden level was renovated to accommodate a vibrant new suite of classrooms and program offices. 

The Davidsons celebrate the grand opening of the DHC building

“We have believed in the intrinsic value of a strong honors education for UM’s most talented and dedicated students for years,” said Nancy Davidson. “With the growth and scope of the DHC, the lower level of the building became the prime choice for an expansion that would unite all the programs servicing UM’s honors students in one location. We are delighted to now ‘finish off the building’ as we always had hoped to do.”

The garden level renovation creates an environment arranged to maximize collaboration and interactions between faculty, staff and students. Designed with adaptability in mind, the common area is set with high-quality, interchangeable furniture and massive, high-tech whiteboards that encourage active learning.

“I am excited to see the increased level of student traffic and energy that will now take place throughout our entire building,” said Brock Tessman, dean of the honors college. “One of the most inspiring things I get to do is watch our students pour into their classrooms at the top of every hour and ponder the possibility that, at that moment in time, the DHC building houses more intellectual firepower than any other building in the state of Montana.”

The Davidson Honors College garden level renovations include:

DHC garden level renovations
  • Two state-of-the-art classrooms and an adjoining conference room
  • New office space for UM Internship Services, the Office for Academic Enrichment, and Honors College faculty and academic advisors 
  • Student engagement center and dedicated study rooms
  • A meeting room and secure storage for the many student organizations in the DHC
  • Native plant life around the building that reflects the natural environment of Western Montana

Pictured above: (Top photo) Ian and Nancy Davidson at the grand opening of the Davidson Honors College building. (Bottom photo) A glimpse inside the garden level of DHC.