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University of Missouri plans $23 million hall renovation

Updated: 2013-05-25T02:14:41Z

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— The University of Missouri is considering a proposal to renovate its main administration building and two other halls that now house museums.

The university announced the $23 million plan to renovate Pickard, Swallow and Jesse halls in a news release Thursday, although it still must be approved by the Board of Curators.

Jesse Hall is the administration building, Pickard houses the Museum of Art and Archaeology, and Swallow holds the Museum of Anthropology.

If approved, the proposal would require administrators, faculty and staff to move to new offices for at least a year, The Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

When the work is done, the Museum of Anthropology and the Museum of Art and Archaeology would be relocated to the former Ellis Fischel Cancer Center “for the foreseeable future,” the release said. The cancer center will be renamed Mizzou North.

Faculty and staff would move out of Swallow Hall next May, and construction would last into the summer of 2015, the news release said. The $11.5 million in renovations would include expanding available space for classrooms, offices and labs.

The proposed $9.5 million renovation at Jesse Hall would include a new sprinkler system, fire alarm system and second elevator and upgrades to the heating and cooling systems. Employees would move between March and June 2014, with construction lasting until April 2015.

Work is continuing to decommission Pickard Hall because it contains radiation from experiments conducted decades ago. The building will be cleared, with employees moving out at the end of this year. Further testing is planned next year.

The cost of the move is estimated at $1.5 million, but testing costs are not yet known, the news release said.

University spokeswoman Mary Jo Banken said the project would be funded by three sources: $8.6 million from savings resulting from refinancing current debt, $8.85 million from Campus Facilities’ deferred maintenance budget and $5.4 million from one-time savings the campus has accumulated.

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