In 2003, the University of Missouri set lofty aspirations for an aging facility that was literally bursting at the seams. The multi-phased project called for energizing their old student center while building state-of-the-art new additions to meet student needs. Working with partner firm Holzman Moss Bottino, the project phases were studied to ensure that main services would remain online while constructing the new 240,000SF addition/renovation. The $44 million student center creates a hub of student life in the heart of campus, providing plenty of places to hang out, as well as a veritable "mini-city" of resources.
Multiple day-long workshops were held with students, user groups, university administration and building staff to shape a project approach. Ultimately, three distinct structures filled with student-centric spaces would bookend a glassy, vibrant center containing the primary dining venues with over 1,200 seats. Phase I introduced a new bookstore integrated with lounges and offices for student organizations. In Phase II, the existing facility was renovated and re-clad in limestone to respond contextually to the surrounding campus and a central infill piece was built to connect all three components, creating one cohesive building.
Capitalizing on the prominent site, the building introduces balconies along Rollins Street (part of the homecoming parade route), along with large display windows for glimpses of activity inside the center. Bookended by stone construction, this open and transparent centerpiece with its grand fireplace meets the university's goal of making it one of the most attractive buildings on campus. "We are thrilled with the results of our collaboration," said Chancellor Brady Deaton, " and truly believe ours to be the best in the country."
Passion + Perspective
I hang out there every day, and it really is my favorite place on campus to study and chill with friends. Great atmosphere.
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