Montana State installing elevator inside historic building

August 5, 2018

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana university is installing an elevator in a historic campus building, ensuring that students with disabilities can reach administrative offices.

Montana State University officials say Montana Hall, built in 1898, is the second-oldest building on campus and houses offices for the school’s president, provost, registrar and other officials. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that the $2 million project also will make restrooms on each floor accessible for people who use wheelchairs.

University spokesman Michael Becker says the changes are overdue. He says until now, the only access for people with physical disabilities is a wheelchair lift connecting the ground floor and basement.

A Montana state building program will pay for $857,000 of the cost. The university’s annual maintenance funds will cover the rest.

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