Changes at MU residential, dining halls meant to increase housing options

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | 12:43 p.m. CDT
The Dobbs Replacement Project, which was approved June 13 by the UM System Board of Curators, includes renovations to the area of campus comprising Dobbs Pavilion and the Jones, Lathrop and Laws residence halls. Tentatively set to begin in 2015, the first phase of the project consists of demolishing Jones Hall and Dobbs Pavilion and replacing them with two residence halls and a dining hall.

COLUMBIA — Starting in fall 2017, the Dobbs Wok stir-fry and other favored dishes at Dobbs Pavilion will no longer be available. That's because the dining hall is being demolished as part of a master plan to add beds at MU.

Here is a quick look at other changes to residence halls and dining facilities coming in the next couple of years:

Changes at a glance

What's going for sure: Dobbs Pavilion dining hall, Jones residence hall

What's being added: Two residence halls to replace Jones, Virginia Avenue South residence hall and a dining hall in place of Dobbs

What's staying: Johnston and Wolpers residence halls


Jones Hall and Dobbs Pavilion: Two residence halls and a dining facility will replace Jones Hall and Dobbs Pavilion as part of the Dobbs Replacement Project.  The MU Department of Residential Life said these changes are tentatively scheduled to begin in 2015.

Jones will close at the end of the fall 2014 semester and Dobbs will close at the beginning of 2017. The new dining facility will open at that same time.

Lathrop and Laws halls: Residential Life Director Frankie Minor said Lathrop and Laws could also be demolished if the UM System Board of Curators approves the change. This would result in five total residence halls and a dining facility to replace the original halls and Dobbs, Minor said.

Resulting halls would look similar to North, Center and South halls with fewer beds and floors per building than Jones, Lathrop and Laws.

Minor said after completing the entire project, campus would have about 250 additional beds. The exact number is still being determined.

Johnston and Wolpers halls: Residential Life is also working to revamp two of the older halls on campus. Johnston is set to reopen in fall 2014 with room for 301 students. Wolpers will close for renovation at the end of the fall semester and reopen in fall 2015.

Virginia Avenue South: Construction is set to begin on a new residence hall is on the southeast edge of campus, just south of Discovery, Excellence, Respect and Responsibility halls. This hall will have 331 beds and open in fall 2015.

Increased capacity: Minor said he hopes these changes will accommodate more returning students to MU and allow students living in Tiger Diggs and other extended campus areas to move back onto campus.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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