Road closings, construction scheduled on campus for summer

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | 7:07 p.m. CDT; updated 10:10 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 27, 2010
Construction on campus at MU has left Speakers Circle and various other locations on campus closed. In conjunction with the repairs to Speakers Circle, two sidewalks leading to the Arts & Science Building are blocked off.

COLUMBIA — Dormitory renovation, hospital expansion, classroom construction and air-conditioning upgrades are on the list of MU projects this summer. The construction projects will cost approximately $62 million, in addition to $30 million in revenue bonds issued by the UM Curator's board for the new Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

Campus Facilities schedules as much work as possible during the summer so that the effects on campus-goers will be minimal, said Karlan Seville, communications manager for Campus Facilities. "We try to accommodate the many visitors on campus by getting the word out early and working with departments to schedule closings when possible."

Summer road closures

Central campus

1. Conley Avenue steam tunnel, Phase 8 ( to be completed by Aug. 1)

2. Locust Street chilled water project (through June 8)

3. Fifth Street chilled Water (through mid-June)

4. Conley Avenue chilled water project  (through to  Aug. 15)

5. Maryland Avenue chilled water project (through to June 1)

6. Sixth Street Chilled Water (mid-June to Aug. 15)

7. Stewart Road upgrade (through spring 2012)

Outer campus

1. Hitt and Rollins steam line replacement (through to Aug.1)

2. Rollins Street resurfacing (city) (Aug. 1 to Aug. 17)

3. Pershing Drive Patient Care Tower (until 2012)

4. Defoe-Graham manhole work (through June 12)

South campus

1. Gymnastics/Dance Facility (June/July to August)

2. Old Route K Hinkson Creek Bridge resurfacing (city) (until August)



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Construction will include short-term projects such as road resurfacing, manhole work, steam line replacement and chilled-water loop installation. Most of these should be completed by the end of the summer. Conley Avenue, Sixth Street, Pershing Drive and Rollins Street are currently closed because of construction. The city is also planning to repave streets around campus including Hitt and Wilson streets, Ashland Road, Kentucky Boulevard and Maryland Avenue.

Longer-term projects include renovating residence halls and classroom buildings and constructing a gymnastics and dance practice facility and the cancer center.

Air-conditioning system

Among the dozen ongoing construction projects on campus, the installation of chilled-water loops will be a "large undertaking" project for this summer, costing $2.2 million, Seville said.

The project would overhaul most of the air-conditioning system and is expected to improve cooling efficiency.

"A chilled-water loop is more efficient than having individual chillers at each building," Seville said. "By connecting buildings together with piping and strategically locating chiller plants, MU is able to cool over 100 buildings from just 16 locations."

Seville said she expects the project to save both money and energy after the completion.

"Because not every building will need maximum cooling at the same time, less chillers are required, and we are able to operate each chiller at maximum efficiency," Seville said.

Conley Avenue and Sixth Street are closed to accommodate the chilled-water loop installation. MU plans to leave one lane open on Conley until mid-August while chilled-water loops are placed between Maryland Avenue and Speakers Circle.

Gymnastics and Dance Practice Facility

A longtime desire of MU gymnastics and the Golden Girls team is about to become a reality.

Work on a new gymnastics and dance practice facility southeast of Memorial Stadium will cost $5.6 million and conclude this winter.

The gymnastics team has been using Hearnes Center since 1979, and athletes are currently training in a makeshift gym.

“We are excited to have a space dedicated to gymnastics to train in year round and will really help us become a better team,” said MU gymnastics head coach Robert Drass. “We will have the tools necessary to train at the elite level.”

Drass said the equipment includes trampolines, deep foam pits, overhead spotting belts and hard and soft landing surfaces for all events. Locker rooms, a training room and video replay equipment are also planned.

The gymnastics team plans to use the new facility mainly for practice and retain the Hearnes Center for competition.

“The team is eager for the gym to be completed,” Drass said.

A portion of Champions Drive will be closed from June to August because of the scheduled construction.

Patient Care Tower

The UM Board of Curators agreed Friday  to issue $30 million in revenue bonds to finance a new Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, which has a budget of $203 million.

The new tower will be the largest construction project in MU history at its completion. Mizzou Arena currently has that record. Completed in 2004, it required a budget of $75 million.

This seven-floor cancer center would be equipped with medical facilities for radiation oncology, expanded radiology, imaging capabilities, chemotherapy treatment, outpatient surgical procedure rooms, recovery areas, 36 examination rooms, a pharmacy, the Margaret Proctor Mulligan Breast Center, cancer screening services, a cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema center and resource center and family support services, according to MU Health Care's website.

The project expects to fulfill patient needs by adding new surgery operating rooms and provide three patient floors with 30 private beds on each floor.

The first phase of this project involved the demolishing of Hadley-Major and Dockery Folk halls last year. Construction of the tower will be completed in winter 2012. Pershing Drive between Hitt Street and University Hospital will be closed until completion of the project.

Building renovation

Dormitory renovation has been ongoing since 2009 and will continue throughout the summer.

Hudson, Gillett and Rollins halls should be completed by fall 2011. It will be the complex's largest renovation project since it was built in 1965, costing $39 million.

The renovation includes central air conditioning throughout, new windows, new lighting and finishes, completely renovated community restrooms, and expansion and creation of three quiet studies on every floor.

In Rollins, a refurbished main lounge will include a student technology lounge and computing area and the relocation of front desk and mail operations, elevator equipment upgrade and relocation of main pedestrian access to building. There will be sprinklers throughout, new roofing, exterior brick work and replacing damaged exterior and the addition of an emergency generator.

Switzler Hall's renovation and addition should be completed by summer 2011. With a $6.9 million budget, the construction is adding 180 classroom seats and seven faculty offices.

Tate Hall renovation should be finished by spring 2011 for $8 million. Plans are to add 90 classroom seats and 23 faculty offices.

Both buildings will be equipped with new elevator, new air conditioning facilities and better designs for handicap access, according to the Campus Facilities master plan.




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