Montana State celebrates new $50 million dormitory

Despite clouds of uncertainty hanging over higher education from the coronavirus pandemic, Montana State University took an optimistic step Tuesday by celebrating the completion of its new $50 million freshman student dormitory, Hyalite Hall.


President Waded Cruzado and other officials, all wearing face masks and sitting at a distance, gathered outside the new six-story, 510-bed building on West College Avenue for speeches and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.


When planning began, “we could not imagine that we would be opening Hyalite Hall during one of the most complex periods in our lives,” Cruzado said.