The Natural Resource Research Center
Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter addresses the crowd at the site of the Natural Resource Research Center (NRRC) during the groundbreaking on April 30, 2015.
Custom Montana Tech hard hats.
Chancellor Don Blackketter delivers the opening comments.
From left to right, Erik Sletten, Don Blackketter, Jerry Schuyler, Matt Vincent, Jon Sesso and Joe McClafferty.
From left to right, Mike Haggerty, Jerry Thurston, Michael Barth, BrookLynn Vosen, Burt Todd, Jack Skinner, Jack Maciag.
First row from left to right: BrookLynn Vosen, Jerry Schuyler, Jack Skinner, Don Blackketter. Second row, left to right: Mike Haggerty, Jeff Wellborn, Ryan Lynch. Third row: Jerry Thurston, Edie McClafferty, Ray Shaw, Jon Sesso. Back row: Michael Barth, Gordon Pierson, Burt Todd, Jake Maciag.
In the words of Coach Bob Green, "It's a good day to be a Digger."
On Friday, January 16, 2015, Montana Tech announced plans to build the Natural Resource Research Center (NRRC), a state-of-the-art building that will include laboratories, workspaces and support spaces for undergraduate and graduate research in the fields of natural resources and energy.
Montana Tech held a groundbreaking for the NRRC on Thursday, April 30, 2015 (see photos to the right). The new building will open in fall 2016.
Funding for the NRRC was secured through a $5-million allocation from the 2013 Montana Legislature and a $5-million private match provided by ConocoPhillips, Halliburton, and Anadarko.
The three-story, 32-000-square foot addition to the Engineering Laboratory Classroom(ELC) Building will include:
- A petroleum research lab
- A nano research lab
- An energy lab
- A strengths & materials testing lab
- A composites & wood testing lab
- An occupational safety & health lab
- A campus-wide student project studio area
- Dedicated equipment and machinery rooms
- Student support areas
- Office space, general support space, & unfinished space for future growth
The three companies providing the $5 million in private funding were represented by Ryan Lance, chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips and Montana Tech alumnus; Jim Brown, Halliburton Western Hemisphere president; and Jackie Davis, Anadarko general manager and Montana Tech alumnus.
The building will complement the existing ELC Building and reinforce the urban character of the Montana Tech campus. In addition, the expansion will feature appropriate areas of glass to showcase student and faculty research and projects.