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Renew Mizzou project means new locations for offices, museums

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:57 a.m. CDT, Thursday, August 21, 2014
Construction to renovate Jesse Hall began this summer and will continue through the school year.

*CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misstated where International Programs has moved to. It is now located in Mizzou North.

COLUMBIA — Construction began on Jesse and Swallow halls at the beginning of the summer as part of the $22.85 million project called Renew Mizzou. The project also includes the decommissioning of Pickard Hall.

Here's a look at construction projects around campus:

Jesse Hall

Construction started in July on the iconic Jesse Hall, which was built in 1892, and work is expected to take 10 months. Jesse Hall typically houses about 600 staff members, according to the MU News Bureau.

Most construction involves updating safety features, such as a new fire alarm and sprinkler systems. The heating and cooling systems will also be updated, along with the installation of a second elevator. The total cost of the renovation is expected to be $9.85 million, according to the MU News Bureau.

The following offices are in these temporary locations:

  • The Chancellor and Provost offices, University Affairs and Visitor Relations have moved to the Reynolds Alumni Center;
  • Admissions, Student Financial Aid, Cashiers and Accounting have moved to the West Reading Rooms of Ellis Library;
  • The Graduate School has moved to McReynolds Hall;
  • The Registrar, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Student Information Systems have moved to the Heinkel Building;
  • The MU News Bureau, Constituent Relations and University Events have moved to the Hillel Center;
  •  International Programs*, the Office of Research, Budget, Business Services, Accounting Services, Office of Admissions and Student Financial Aid have moved to Mizzou North;
  • The Concert Series staff has moved to the Missouri Theatre;
  • Marketing has moved to the Rock Quarry Center.

Swallow Hall

Construction began in June on Swallow Hall, which was built on the Francis Quadrangle in 1892, according to MU. The entire Anthropology Department, along with the Anthropology Museum, has moved to Mizzou North — former Ellis Fischel Cancer Center building — until construction ends in summer 2015.

After the renovation is complete, an additional 5,000 gross square feet will become useable for classrooms and other purposes. Total construction cost is estimated at $11.5 million. After Swallow Hall reopens next year, the Anthropology Museum will stay at Mizzou North for "the foreseeable future," according to the MU News Bureau.

Pickard Hall

Due to experiments conducted in the 20th century, Pickard Hall contains enough radiation that it would be dangerous for people to inhabit it, according to MU News Bureau. In December 2013, faculty and staff, along with the Museum of Art and Archaeology, were moved from the building and are temporarily housed in Mizzou North, according to the MU News Bureau.

The cost of the move and the preparation of the museum was $1.5 million. It is unclear whether Pickard will reopen. That decision depends on radiation testing results that are ongoing, according to the MU News Bureau.

Interim Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer Gary Ward said in a Faculty Council briefing that MU should receive the test results, along with estimated costs, this fall. Following that there will be a campus-wide discussion on how to proceed with Pickard Hall, Alex Barker, Director of the Museum of Art and Archaeology, said in an email.


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