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Andrew Keating, Director of Communications, 406.657.1104, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rocky Mountain College announces date for breaking ground on capital projects
BILLINGS, November 13, 2015 – This morning, Rocky Mountain College’s Board of Trustees approved breaking ground for the renovation and expansion of the RMC science center and football stadium in May of 2016.
“ Rocky Mountain College is embarking on one of the largest capital projects in its history, one which will provide unparalleled benefits for future generations of students,” said RMC Vice President for Institutional Advancement Kelly Edwards.
During RMC’s 28th annual Black Tie Blue Jeans scholarship
benefit, Edwards announced that RMC’s impACT Today,
Transform Tomorrow Campaign has launched into the public phase after securing $8,350,775 during the silent phase – an amount revealed at the Friday night event.
“This is a defining moment in the history of Rocky Mountain College,” said Edwards during the public announcement at Black Tie Blue Jeans. “While this campaign involves improving our facilities, our focus and our goal is not about the structures and enhancements that will come out of this – this campaign is about our students and creating a better future and environment for them, the broader community, and future generations.”
The impACT Today, Transform Tomorrow campaign will include $15 million in campus enhancements, including the renovation and expansion of the Bair Science Center as well as football stadium enhancements to include field turf and lights.
“The impACT Campaign,” said President Robert Wilmouth, “will not only aid existing science programs, but will enhance every student’s educational experience as they grow and develop into well-rounded citizens.”
As part of the impACT Campaign, the Bair Science Center will undergo a complete $12 million renovation and expansion, which will radically enhance the classrooms and equipment every RMC student encounters regardless of major or discipline.
The plan is to complete phase one, an estimated $3.2 million project, by the start of classes next fall. Phase one includes a new lab addition, new parking lot, unfinished classroom level, existing building roof replacement, landscape, and furniture.
The enhancements to Herb Klindt Field will include field turf and lights that will allow for multipurpose use of the athletic field, as well as the ability to host night games. These upgrades will serve the entire RMC and Billings communities by emphasizing a culture of health and wellness and provide recreational space for a wide range of local organizations.
Completion of the football stadium renovations is slated for August of 2016, and the final phase of the Bair Science Center expansion and renovation is estimated for fall of 2017.