The physical plant of the university provides the environment for our students to learn, our employees to work and the external community to connect to Missouri State. We have taken great strides to improve campus facilities over the past several years. Our work is not done, and we will continue to enhance the campus physical plant this summer and in the future.
Big changes on campus
This week I will update you on our current construction projects, and next week I will discuss our plans for future projects at Missouri State.
As you know, the Glass Hall renovation and addition is in full swing. This project involves the renovation of existing public spaces in Glass Hall as well as constructing a new 40,000 square foot addition to the east side of the existing building.
For the fourth floor renovation portion of the project, the mechanical work is complete, drywall has been installed and contractors are painting. For the first and second floors, door frames are arriving and being installed. As for the addition, the fourth floor is in the process of being poured, shoring and decking has been completed, and site work has started.
This project has a targeted completion in fall 2017, and I am happy to report that the project is on schedule.
Another project that we have discussed at length is the renovation of Ellis Hall. This project includes re-roofing, a new mechanical system, a new curtain wall and renovating the steeply raked choral room to accommodate piano recitals. University operations in Ellis Hall have been relocated throughout campus, principally to space the university temporarily leased at Glen Isle Shopping Center on South Glenstone. Asbestos abatement on Ellis Hall is nearly complete and renovation plans have been released for bidding. Renovation work is expected to begin in August with targeted completion for fall 2017.
The Sunvilla Shelter project is also underway. This project constructs a FEMA shelter adjacent to Sunvilla Tower. The shelter will provide a safe place for community members in the event of a storm. Site restoration work has begun and interior finish work is on-going. This project has a targeted completion in spring 2017.
New health and wellness facility
Finally, the new health and wellness facility will be approximately 36,000 square feet, multi-storied and located on the current site of the Taylor Health and Wellness Center. Health and wellness operations will be temporarily relocated to the Monroe Apartments in September so the current building can be demolished. The bookstore will remain operational in its current location throughout the demolition and construction. Demolition of the current facility will begin in fall 2016. Construction of the new facility will begin immediately following demolition with a targeted completion by late fall 2017.
You can find more information about these and other current projects on the planning, design and construction webpage.
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