MU finishes construction on one dorm, moves on to the next

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:52 a.m. CDT, Thursday, August 21, 2014
Construction began this summer on a new residence hall that will be called Virginia Avenue South Housing, and will open fall 2015.

Here's a rundown of renovations to residence halls on the MU campus.


  • The hall is to reopen in August 2014.
  • The hall will have 301 beds.
  • There will be more single rooms for staff, residents and students with special needs.
  • Additional small study spaces
  • The hall will have a female-only section for 2014-2015 school year.

  • Johnston will be the first residence hall to be LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).


  • The name may change once construction is complete.
  • There will be 331 beds.
  • It will be a co-ed dorm with single and double rooms.
  • Virginia Avenue South will be the second hall on campus but the first brand new residence hall to be LEED certified, similar to Johnston.
  • There are plans to have community-style bathrooms designed to accommodate both genders.
  • Students will be included in the discussion whether to use the bathrooms as gender neutral or gender specific.


  • Wolpers will reopen in August 2015.
  • It will have approximately 312 beds.

  • Upgraded furnishing and furniture will be included.
  • Improved fire sprinklers will be installed.
  • Dorms will be co-ed.
  • The building will be LEED certified.


  • Jones will close December 2014.
  • Students to be relocated based on their preferences.
  • A new residence hall will open west of Lathrop Hall for Fall 2016.
  • Another new residence hall with an adjoining dining center will open Fall 2017 in the old Jones location.
  • The two new residence halls will have an exterior appearance similar to Southwest Campus Housing.
  • The interior will be traditional single and double student rooms with a community bathroom layout.
  • Dobbs Pavilion dining center will serve through Summer 2017 and will not close until the new dining center is built and operational.


  • A proposal for Phase II will follow the completion of Phase I.
  • Part II will include the demolition of Laws and Lathrop halls.
  • Three new residence halls may be constructed in their place.

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