Curators to discuss additions to residential life and athletics facilities

Monday, June 25, 2012 | 7:13 p.m. CDT; updated 11:38 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 26, 2012
A parking lot at the corner of College Avenue and Hospital Drive occupies the area of the proposed site for a new five-story residence hall at MU.

*This story has been updated to include the funding sources for a proposed residence hall at MU.

COLUMBIA — MU is asking to expand and renovate Memorial Stadium and to build a five-story residence hall in the southeast part of campus.

Both projects will come before UM System Board of Curators when it meets Tuesday and Wednesday at Reynolds Alumni Center. The board also will vote on the system's 2013-14 operating budget.


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Memorial Stadium 

The plans to expand and renovate Memorial Stadium stem from Missouri's move to the Southeastern Conference. According to documents provided for the curators, the university anticipates an increase in football game attendance, which the current stadium would not be able to accommodate.

The stadium expansion and renovation as well as six other athletics-related projects at MU are estimated to cost $72 million in 30-year debt financing through revenue bonds.

The addition is estimated to cost $46.05 million. Plans include:

  • About 6,000 new seats on the east side of the stadium, which now has about 71,000 seats.
  • An unspecified number of restrooms, concessions, kitchens, lounge spaces and support and circulation spaces.
  • A $500,000 chilled water infrastructure extension, a part of the project considered optional at this point.

The construction contract for the addition would be awarded in October 2013. A projected completion date is July 2015.

Renovation plans are estimated to cost $9.75 million and include:

  • Converting the press box on the west side of the stadium to new suites with restrooms and lounge areas and a new press area..
  • Updating the current club and suite areas.

The construction contract would be awarded in February 2013. Renovations would be completedby August 2013.

Additional athletics projects

MU is also seeking approval for six projects that cost less than $5 million each. They would:

  • Extend Memorial Stadium’s north plaza to provide more space for fans and fan seating on the grassy area near the "M."
  • Repair current stadium seating and other maintenance needs.
  • Renovate the tennis facilities, adding team lockers, additional bathroom facilities, coaches’ offices, more seating and concession areas.
  • Renovate Taylor Stadium to include team lockers, players’ lounge, additional bathroom facilities, coaches’ offices and spectator field boxes by the third base line.
  • Renovate University Field to add a new field wall, indoor hitting facility, more sales windows, expand seating and improve locker and storage rooms.
  • Complete a team and coaches clubhouse and instructional facility for Old Hawthorne Golf Facility.

Virginia Avenue South Student Housing

MU is requesting construction of a 92,400-square-foot residential hall on what is now parking lot CG1, between College and Virginia avenues and south of Hospital Drive.

*The Virginia Avenue South Student Housing project is estimated to cost $28.4 million. It is intended to accommodate the ever-growing number of freshmen. It would be funded by Residential Life revenue bonds and reserves and MU Campus Facilities utility reserves.

The 330-bed residence hall would be designed for communal living with multiple living modules that would accommodate 15 to 20 residents apiece. Each module would have a study room and a community restroom. 

The hall is expected to qualify for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, which is a standard for measuring how "green" a building is.

The residence hall's construction contract would be awarded in September 2013. Construction would be completed by April 2015, in time for occupancy that fall.

The most recent student housing built at MU was the Hawthorn, Galena and Dogwood residence halls, which opened in fall 2009. 

Gillett Hall was the most recently completed housing renovation at MU; Mark Twain  Hall is being renovated now; and in December, Johnston Hall will close for renovations.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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Ellis Smith June 26, 2012 | 5:04 a.m.

What sort of "System" is it when Curators are discussing an addition to a football stadium at a time when another System campus has to turn away academically qualified prospective students because it lacks sufficient facilities to accept them?

It's a BROKEN System, that's what it is.

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