Missouri State University

FY 2006

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The William H. Darr Agricultural Center, located southwest of the Springfield Campus, will be further expanded to provide additional educational opportunities for the University�s School of Agricultural Sciences. Included in this phase will be construction of a new educational multi-purpose building to enable on-site and distance learning programs and the ability to host events sponsored by the School of Agricultural Sciences.

This new building will be the first of a four-phase expansion to consolidate the College of Arts & Letters in the same geographic region of the campus. The new art and design building will be constructed adjoining Craig and Ellis halls. Once completed, the relocation of the Art & Design Department will allow subsequent renovations to occur for accommodating the needs of other departments within the College.

This facility will consolidate most campus support services, including: custodial, design & construction, environmental management, grounds, maintenance, postal services, printing, receiving, procurement services, and work management. Relocating these departments to the campus perimeter will reduce traffic congestion in the central campus core and allow for reassignment of vacated space to academic needs.

New student housing will be developed as a public-private partnership to assist in meeting residential needs for quality accommodations of all student categories (single, married, international, etc.) while conserving University resources. Two principal sites exist, one on-campus along Elm Street east of John Q. Hammons Parkway, and another just off the campus in a transitional block connecting the University to the downtown between Elm and Walnut, Kimbrough and Jefferson. The latter initiative is a planning partnership with the City of Springfield.

Renovation of Ellis Hall will bring much needed improvement for the department of music. Currently, the music library is inadequate to serve the needs of the department. A 24,000 square foot addition will partially house an expanded music library. The instructional, rehearsal and performance spaces will also be improved to meet the departmental mission.

A science complex will be created in the campus core through new construction and renovation of existing facilities. The construction of a new science building will constitute the initial phase of this vision. The existing General Stores and Maintenance Building will be demolished and on the site a new 100,000 square foot classroom and laboratory building will be constructed.

Upon relocation of the Art & Design Department into the new Art & Design Building, the existing Art Annex will be razed to permit construction of a new facility to adjoin Craig Hall. This new 55,000 square foot facility will be designed exclusively for this thriving program. The new structure will connect to the pedestrian tunnel beneath Grand Street and afford a disability access to the campus from the southern parking areas.

Expansion of Hammons Student Center to the east of the current facility will allow a new 12,500-seat arena to be constructed to accommodate University events and to serve as potential rental site for conventions, trade shows and/or exhibit space. The existing facility will be renovated to meet intercollegiate athletics and student recreation program needs.