Built to Last

Donors inspire facilities upgrades across UM campus

a blueprint of a building

When donors support construction and renovation of campus facilities, their giving transcends structural changes. It provides vibrant spaces where innovative academic and research programs flourish, technology and collaboration stimulate learning, and the broader community accesses vital UM services. Such impactful giving is making possible a host of ongoing and upcoming improvements across UM’s Mountain Campus.

W. A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation Building

In April, Montana lawmakers appropriated $25 million for construction of a new $45 million forestry building. UM and the UM Foundation have launched fundraising to secure the remaining $20 million needed to construct the facility. The campus addition will provide innovative research and teaching spaces for the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation that has outgrown its nearly 100-year-old building. In keeping with Montana’s proud timber heritage, the new structure will feature wood building products that are grown, harvested and manufactured in the state.

To learn more and make a gift to the UM Foundation in support of these renovations, contact Ben Super, director of development at the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, at ben.super@supportum.org or 406-243-5533.

Music Building Renovations

UM’s School of Music prepares the state’s music teachers and educates artists across an array of disciplines. In its building, located centrally on campus, the school holds statewide competitions and camps and hosts organizations such as the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. Thanks to three lead donor families, this summer the 70-year-old building will undergo renovations to improve the accessibility, acoustic design and ventilation of its band and choir rehearsal rooms as well as basement-level practice rooms. The much-needed upgrades are made possible by donor support. Subsequent phases of the reconstruction — to be fueled by future philanthropic gifts — will include updating classrooms, main floor practice rooms and the Music Recital Hall.

To learn more and make a gift to the UM Foundation in support of these upgrades, contact Cate Sundeen, director of development at the College of the Arts and Media, at cate.sundeen@supportum.org or 406-243-4990.

Montana Museum of Art and Culture Building

The Montana Museum of Art and Culture is one of just three state museums and is home to one of the oldest and most prominent fine art collections in the Northern Rockies. For much of the museum’s history, the collection has been largely hidden from public view, with a tiny fraction of items on display in campus gallery spaces. Fundraising is well underway for a new MMAC building on campus. With $5.3 million generously pledged, UM seeks an additional $4 million to fund the facility that will provide world-class galleries, event areas, and climate-controlled storage and preservation spaces allowing for research, education and programming.

To learn more and make a gift to the UM Foundation in support of the new MMAC building, contact Cate Sundeen, director of development at the College of the Arts and Media, at cate.sundeen@supportum.org or 406-243-4990.

Clinical Psychology Center Expansion

Serving as a training clinic staffed by UM faculty and doctoral students, UM’s Clinical Psychology Center is a vital resource in western Montana, where demand for mental health services far exceeds clinical capacity. Expansion of the facility — built in 1984 — will allow practitioners to treat up to four times more patients. Fundraising remains a top priority after being jumpstarted by visionary lead donors. A generous Terry and Patt Payne Family Challenge gift has been partially met by a $1 million gift from alumni Summerfield and Julie Baldridge and gifts from other donors. An additional $2.6 million in private support is needed to undertake the expansion and significantly grow mental health services in Western Montana, for which demand has dramatically increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more and make a gift to the UM Foundation in support of this expansion, contact Suann Lloyd, senior director of development at the College of Humanities & Sciences, at suann.lloyd@supportum.org or 406-243-2646.

Eck Hall Renovations

A recent $1 million gift from UM alum Dennis Eck and his wife, Gretchen, is enabling further renovations to Eck Hall, in the College of Humanities & Sciences Liberal Arts Building. The gift brings the couple’s giving in support of UM to more than $10 million, $9.3 million of which have brought to life the Ecks’ vision to shape some of UM’s most highly trafficked auditoriums, classrooms, and student service offices into modern, technologically enhanced settings. The latest round of Eck Hall renovations will take place this summer and will update room finishes, windows, HVAC and presentation technology in nine classrooms, creating learning environments that are conducive to collaboration and nurture creativity. Additional renovation work will combine four restrooms to create the first two newly designed all-gender restrooms on campus.

To learn more and make a gift to the UM Foundation in support of these renovations, contact Suann Lloyd, senior director of development at the College of Humanities & Sciences, at suann.lloyd@supportum.org or 406-243-2646.