Montana State University (MSU) in the US has celebrated the ground-breaking of Gianforte Hall, a new three-storey building in Bozeman, Montana.  

Hennebery Eddy Architects will serve as the architect while Swank Enterprises has been appointed as the contractor for the project.  

The building, supported by a $50m donation from the Gianforte Family Foundation, will house computer science and related fields of study. 

Set to open in late 2026, Gianforte Hall will span nearly 58,000ft² of interior space and is being designed with sustainability at its core. 

The building aims to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification, incorporating geothermal systems connected to MSU’s South Campus Energy District.  

This system is designed to reduce energy consumption by enabling buildings to share heating and cooling capabilities. 

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In addition, Gianforte Hall will be constructed using sustainable materials to reduce the carbon emissions typically associated with concrete and steel construction.  

It is said to become the first mass timber structure on the MSU campus. 

The classrooms within Gianforte Hall will have desk spaces tailored to the needs of computing science students.  

It is also noted that the building will feature two classrooms named in honour of computing pioneers Alan Turing and Grace Hopper. 

MSU senior, majoring in computer science, Camille Custer said: “It is common in universities to have little desks that can’t hold both a notebook and a laptop.” 

“But these new classrooms will have high ceilings, large tables for students, and lots of natural light shining through. The warm tones and inviting appearance of Gianforte Hall will make it a lot easier to work on a computer all day with natural sunlight and the mountain views we all love.”