MISSOULA, Mont. -

The University of Montana has completed a draft environmental assessment for the proposed Missoula College building to be built at 1205 E. Broadway. The EA is online at http://www.umt.edu/buildmissoulacollege

UM invites the public to comment on the draft by emailing slauer@jbrenv.com or mailing Project Manager Stephanie Lauer, JBR Environmental Consultants Inc., P.O. Box 7875, Missoula, MT 59807. Comments will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 21.

University officials want to build a new Missoula College building to meet current needs, address long-term increasing student enrollment and ensure adequate facilities exist for MC students and employees into the future.

UM owns the 7.2-acre site, which now contains a Park-N-Ride facility and equipment for the MC Energy Technology Program. The proposed project would include the construction of a building with an eventual build-out of 155,500 square feet. The building would contain four stories and a basement on a footprint of 31,100 square feet, as well as 800 parking spaces upon completion of the second phase of the project.

The project is detailed in a feasibility study online at http://umt.edu/buildmissoulacollege/docs/070513FS_FIN.pdf.

Following the public review period, UM President Royce Engstrom will review the comments, the EA and information contained in the project file in order to make a final decision on the proposal.

This release was sent out by the University of Montana.