MSU Northern – Diesel Technology Center Building

Havre, Montana USA
Montana Arts Council

The selection committee intends to purchase and permanently install selected artwork for both interior and exterior sites. The MSU Northern – Diesel Technology Center Building in Havre, Montana has begun construction with anticipated completion in March 2018. The site of the building is located in the center of campus and will serve as a student community hub and the heart of the lab spaces for the Diesel and Agriculture Technology students. This modern twostory building will house lab space, classrooms, and two well day-lit student community spaces with fireplaces. The building is sited to take advantage of the slope of the hill with views out across the campus and will be a focal point as visitors arrive at the MSU-N campus. The building and entries are oriented to integrate the interior corridor with campus wide pedestrian pathways. There are two key entry areas, one at the lower level at the northeastern end of the building facing the Student Union Building and the other entry at the upper level at the southwest end of the building which acts as a termination of a prominent pedestrian mall. A well-integrated landscape design for the new building offers a great opportunity for outside experiences. The community space at the northeastern side of the building has a large glass garage door that opens to a plaza that is set into the landscape. The Southwest entry and student community space opens to a landscaped plaza with southern exposure, providing a comfortable outdoor study area. Montana State University Northern is part of the Montana State University System, located in Havre. Montana State University–Northern was known as Northern Montana College prior to the restructuring of Montana’s public university system. In 1913, the Montana State Legislature approved the establishment of the Northern Montana Agricultural and Manual Training School. In 1929 Northern Montana College opened its doors and moved to its present campus in 1932. Today, MSU-Northern is north central Montana’s comprehensive university offering programs and services at the associate, baccalaureate, and master’s levels. Degree programs range from teacher education to engineering technology, emphasizing both technology and liberal arts education. The University offers programs in the disciplines of business, nursing, engineering and mechanical technology, teacher education, natural sciences, and humanities. Applied research and service functions are aligned with many of the university’s disciplines and respond directly to the region’s economic and societal needs. MSU-Northern serves a large geographic region, that includes four Native American reservations along with Montana’s smallest and largest towns. The University functions as an important cultural resource and continuing education center. To learn more about the university go to: http://msun.edu/siteindex/ The selection committee is interested in artwork that speaks to the ingenuity and spirit of the people who live, learn and work in the region where the college is located. The Diesel Technology center itself is not only a driver of the hi-line economy but also has a global presence as its graduates live all over the world due to the excellent education they receive at the center. The committee is interested in artwork that embodies and 3 recognizes a high quality of technical execution, with ideas and inspiration coming from technical and industrial conditions. These concepts may be present in the materials and forms used to create a work of art, or artwork that references the ingenuity of the region, or work that recognizes a spirit of ingenuity. The committee recognizes the potential for artwork to be built of mechanical parts and pieces that the students of the campus could relate to and admire in their incorporation of the artwork. The selection criteria will adhere to the ADA (American With Disabilities Act) requirements for protruding objects. All artwork will be considered with respect to safety, vandalism, and protection of the artwork itself. All interior artwork will be coordinated through the Percent-for-Art director and staff with possible assistance by the artist, and will adhere to appropriate installation standards. All exterior artwork shall be installed by the artist, including any required base or securing mechanisms and coordinated with the Percent-for-Art director. Questions regarding installation requirements should be directed to the Percent-for-Art director, Lori Ryker (lr@studioryker.com). It is the intention of the committee that these artworks will enhance the experience of the students, faculty, staff, alumni and the general public.