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Officials tour new Missoula College site

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Missoula College Dean Shannon O’Brien and a delegation of educators toured the new college site Friday (MTN News photo/Dennis Bragg) Missoula College Dean Shannon O’Brien and a delegation of educators toured the new college site Friday (MTN News photo/Dennis Bragg)
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Another 500,000 cubic yards of concrete are poured, and the new Missoula College campus is quickly taking shape along the Clark Fork River and a year from now the construction workers will be replaced by students. 

Friday was another landmark day for the new college campus taking shape at the mouth of Hellgate Canyon, as crews with Jackson Contractor Group poured tons of new concrete for what will become the main floor for the new Missoula College…

Although the pour of all this concrete was finished in a matter of hours, going to take the rest of the day for workers to do all the finishing touches.

On hand to get an update on the school's progress on Friday ere new Missoula College Dean Shannon O'Brien and Mick Robinson, from the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.

For Robinson, the Deputy Commissioner for Fiscal Affairs and Chief of Staff who helped secure funding for the project, it's exciting to see the plans coming to life.

"Being involved in requesting the funding from the Legislature and getting it funding, and then watching steps. I was involved in spending some time selecting the contractor. So it is fun to watch the progress being made. And the structure, I think, the design, etc is just going to be fantastic."

"You know they're making great progress here. They're on time and doing very, very good work and we're delighted. It's an exciting new year," O'Brien added.

Project Manager Jake Berger showed the educators how crews are working around the specialized plans for the building and its construction site, including supports using extra heavy gauge rebar normally used only in bridge construction. 

It's a solid foundation for a building which will give a variety of Missoula College students a foundation for new careers and learning.

"You know we've got a lot of job growth related to the 2-year programs that'll be operating our of this particular facility. For the State of Montana we think it's important for economic development. The governor's been very supportive of it. So we think it's a win, win, win," Robinson said.

"You know it's just an amazing opportunity for our students. This is going to be a space that has state-of-the-art equipment so that our students can be prepared very well for the work force. Or to just go across the river to complete their bachelor's degree," concluded O'Brien.

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