4 major construction projects give campus a facelift

Thursday, August 15, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:23 a.m. CDT, Thursday, August 15, 2013

COLUMBIA — Summer at MU means a less-populated campus, so it becomes prime time for construction that would otherwise be in the way.

You may notice four large construction projects across campus once you're back. The total cost for the projects is estimated at $137 million.

Campus road closures

Ashland Road — The westbound lane of Ashland Road at the intersection of College Avenue and Ashland Road closed to facilitate foundation work on and around the Telecom Building. This road should be opened by Aug. 18.

Burch Drive — The street is closed for the early stages of the East Campus Chiller construction and will not reopen. Burch Drive will be removed permanently.

East Campus Drive –A portion of East Campus Drive will close between Clydesdale and the Animal Science Research Center. Access to the Ashland Road greenhouses will be via a temporary gravel access road north of this closure. The road should be opened early August.

Fifth Street at Turner Avenue intersection — This section of Fifth Street will remain closed for the duration of the Clark Steam Project, which should be completed this September.

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  • Press box – 42,000 square feet of space will be renovated in the west side of the stadium. A portion of the press area will move to the once open air upper deck to a new enclosed, conditioned space. Those vacated press areas will become two new suites that could seat up to 80 spectators. Other spectator areas in the building will receive updated finishes, and an elevator will be added at the southwest corner of the press box near gate five to better handle traffic. The project costs $10.3 million and should be completed in time for football season.
  • North concourse­ – This project increases space in the north concourse near the rock 'M' and improves lighting and infrastructure. The project costs $3 million and will be completed later this month.
  • East side addition ­– The east side of Memorial Stadium will be renovated for additional spectator seating, premium seating and expansion of restrooms, concessions, lounges, kitchen and support spaces. The parking lot will be expanded to add pedestrian zones both inside and out of the stadium. The inside will feature more space for crowd control during football games. The new upper seating bleacher area will add space for an extra 4,100 spectators, and upper-level club seating and indoor and outdoor loge-type seating can hold 1,200 spectators. Two private suites will also be added. Documentation for this project is being completed, and the project will cost $45.8 million and be completed late summer of 2014.


  • Clark Hall steam chase – This project installs new steam service to Clark Hall to improve heating and air flow. It will be completed in two phases to manage access to Turner Avenue Parking Garage. The project costs $3.7 million and should be completed in September.
  • East Campus steam distribution system – This project upgrades the East Campus steam distribution system, which is necessary to operate the new East Campus Chiller Plant facility. The project costs $4.4 million and should be completed by spring 2014.


  • Gwynn Hall – This project improves accessibility and will gain efficiencies through better space utilization and add flexibility for the current and future uses of the building. IT also will work to preserve the historic character of the building. The project costs $11.75 million and should be completed fall 2013.


  • Johnston and Wolpers halls — Renovations to Johnston Hall include more common living space and fewer rooms on each floor to lower the ratio of students to baths. The Campus Dining Service restaurant Sabai, located in the bottom of Johnston, will be renovated to allow easier access to the restaurant for students entering from the outside. The project, combined with the Wolpers project, will cost $37.1 million. Johnston will reopen for the fall 2014 semester. Wolpers will undergo similar renovations once fall 2013 comes to a close.
  • Mark Twain Hall – Renovations to Mark Twain will included an updated outside appearance, replacing the old brick with new terra cotta cladding and replacing the windows. The removal of the outdoor pool will allow for more seating and space in the dining hall on the bottom floor. The renovations will allow for 380 beds, a decrease from its previous occupancy of 390. The extra space will be used for community areas. Sinks that used to be located in the rooms will be removed and included in suite-style restrooms. Security upgrades will be made to the swipe system that allows access to the building. The project also addresses building codes by updating the plumbing, adding a fire protection sprinkler system and replacing various fixtures. The project cost $21.7 million. The residential hall will be open for the fall semester.

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.

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