While construction barriers and noise from various projects can be annoying when you see it every day, the projects currently underway are vital to the master plan for the MU campus and are designed to benefit students. Construction on campus during the academic year may not seem to make sense, but in reality, these projects are the result of years of planning and are often necessary to maintain or improve the campus building infrastructure. Project managers carefully consider the scope of each project and try to work around the academic year as much as possible. Due to the scope of some large scale projects, some construction during the academic year is unavoidable.
Current residents who have questions or concerns about the construction occurring in and around their living areas can learn more about project schedules and progress as well as view current project photos and renderings of the final project results by going to the Residential Life Master Plan (RLMP) Web site. Students can take a proactive step in understanding a construction project by speaking with hall coordinators or attending open forums hosted by Residential Life staff that are designed to keep students informed and involved. This approach will allow us to respond to questions and concerns residents might have and will yield a more positive interaction between residents and staff. Remember that the Residential Life staff members are here to help you be successful as a student. The construction projects underway will result in facilities and programs that are designed to benefit students. We ask that residents understand and respect the intention of these projects and have patience as we all experience the construction process.
For information about particular residence hall projects, please refer to the RLMP main Web page or the ResLife Xperience newsletters. Questions regarding other campus construction projects should be directed to the departments responsible for those projects.
The estimated cost for the RLMP is approximately $360 million. Each phase is financially self-supporting.
The projects are scheduled over a 18-year period.
The projects are divided into five phases. See the timeline on the main RLMP page for a more detailed explanation.
Residential Life employees, as well as campus and system project managers are working with architectural and engineering consultants on the design of individual projects.
Donnelly, Smith, Blair, Baker-Park, Gardner-Hyde
Donnelly, Smith and Blair will be demolished to make room for the Southwest Campus Housing Project. The cost of renovation to these buildings exceeds the cost of rebuilding.
Baker-Park and Gardner-Hyde will be demolished, to make room for the Mid-Campus Housing Project.
The Residential Life Master Plan (RLMP) will upgrade or replace all 19 residence halls at MU. While maintenance within buildings has always been a priority, many residence halls had not seen major renovation since construction; MU's most recently constructed buildings date from the 1960s.
The RLMP is being implemented in five phases, each projected to last 3-4 years. Phase I projects included the new Virginia Avenue Housing and Dining Facility, which houses 721 students within four new residence halls. The complex features a new dining facility and living and learning community support space. This new residence hall provides "swing space" in order to take other halls offline for renovation or demolition.
Additional Phase I projects address Critical Measures improvements within 12 existing residence halls. Critical Measures projects are those that are essential to the preservation of mechanical systems and/or building exteriors–work that is necessary to preserve the useful life of a residence hall until such time as the RLMP phasing schedule allows for full building renovation.
Phase II projects are underway. A new 659-bed complex that features three new residence halls and support space, known as Southwest Campus Housing (SWCH), is currently being constructed. The SWCH project is located at the corner of Stadium and Providence — where Smith and Donnelly hall were once located.
Phase II construction also includes a new 345-bed residence hall located on the east side of College Avenue, adjacent to existing Hatch Hall. Hatch, McDavid, Schurz, Defoe and Graham halls will undergo major renovations, and construction will begin on a new residence hall complex, dubbed Mid-Campus Housing (MCH). MCH will include the addition of a link between Defoe and Graham halls (creating 60 beds). This new complex will be located on the site adjacent to Defoe and Graham — where Baker-Park and Gardner-Hyde are currently located.
Phases III, IV and V will include major renovation to the remainder of the residence halls. Each phase of the project is reviewed annually, insuring the viability of the plan.
College Avenue Housing project includes a hall that will be named, simply, College Avenue Hall. Within the Southwest Campus Housing project, the three halls will be named South, Center and North.
Faculty, staff and students have been involved from the beginning of the Master Planning process. Residential Life staff are available to present RLMP updates to the campus community upon request.
All new halls are designed with student needs in mind. Residential Life gathered student feedback and hosted student forums in the design process. As future projects enter the design phase, students and parents are invited to share their thoughts and ideas for improving the residential facilities at MU.
The Residential Life Master Plan calls for a rate of 20% above current housing rates as the rate for all new construction, and 15% above current rates for renovated facilities.
All new facilities feature many different room configurations available, including:
- Double Suites (two double rooms, toilet and shower rooms) These make up the bulk of the rooms available.
- Double Suites with living room (two double rooms, toilet and shower rooms)
- Double with Bath (living quarters for two students plus a shared toilet and shower) These are rare, and may be used primarily for ADA needs.
- Two-person Single Suite (two single rooms with shared toilet & shower rooms) Available in Virginia Avenue Halls.
- Four-person Single Suite (four single rooms with shared toilet & shower room) Available in College Avenue, South, Center and North halls.
- Single with Full Bath (single room with single sink, toilet & shower) These are primarily limited to live-in hall staff.
For more information about the rooms in the Virginia Avenue Housing Facility, visit the Virginia Avenue page.
All new facilities are built suite-style, so residents have a bath that they share with a roommate or suitemates. There will be public restrooms available in each hall, but no community bathrooms. Mark Twain Hall is currently set up this way.
Renovation of some existing buildings may include upgrading bathrooms and/or reconfiguring them to suite-style living. Not all buildings undergoing renovation will have suite-style bathrooms.
The Virginia Avenue halls opened in the fall 2004 semester. South, Center and North halls (part of the Southwest Campus Housing project) open before the fall 2006 semester. College Avenue hall also opens before the fall 2006 semester.
The Virginia Avenue halls will be open to all students, from freshmen to seniors. Returning students may select rooms in the hall when renewing their residence hall contract, but some spaces will be reserved for freshmen, likely in FIGs.
Within the Virginia Avenue residence halls, three Sponsored Learning Communities are currently present. Discovery offers the Carver Community for Sciences and Mathematics. Excellence Hall houses Wakonse: Service and Leadership, while Respect Hall is home to the Junior/Senior Residence — a learning community for students in their junior or senior year at Mizzou.
Pathways FIGs will be available in College Avenue Hall, and a few business FIGs will be offered in Southwest Campus for the 2006 academic year.
Harriett Green-Sappington, Assistant Director of Facility Operations at (573) 882-7211.
Through the MU News Bureau.
Yes, with citation of the source and only after verifying article content with Harriett Green-Sappington, as information changes throughout the planning, construction and renovation process.
Access to the construction sites is limited to contractors and their personnel. Please contact Harriett Green-Sappington with questions regarding site access. Web site images are copyrighted and may not be downloaded or distributed without permission.
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