Buildings on Campus Receive Renovations

Blueprints for Stokes Stadium. (Photo by Brea Parnell)

Many buildings on campus have either already been renovated or are in the process of renovation.

Baldwin Hall, Stokes Stadium, and Blanton-Nason-Brewer Hall are three buildings that have already gotten some sort of renovation. Missouri Hall’s dining area is next to get renovated in the summer of 2018.

Campus planner Mark Schultz said the recent Baldwin renovation cost around $14.5 million with the state providing half of that.

Schultz said Baldwin received new doors, walls, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and new fire suppression systems.

“From when we started there a year ago, it’s changed a lot,” Schultz said. “We kept as much of the historic components as we could on the first floor.”

Schultz said the auditorium was not originally in the plans for renovation, but they were able to do it.

The auditorium got new lighting, a new carpet, and a fresh coat of paint.

The stadium was renovated with a new turf, a new track, and a new press box. The press box is still being renovated.

The new press box will include hospitality suites, coach’s boxes and media rooms. A new general control room will also be added, as well as lobby space, restrooms and elevators.

Schultz says Baldwin’s renovations will stay good for about 30 years and Stokes will be good for about 15 years.

Schultz said the campus planning office isn’t planning any more renovations for the near future, since the Missouri Hall dining hall renovation would be contracted through Sodexo.
Justin Dreslinski, Sodexo general manager, said the Missouri Hall renovation will have cosmetic changes and infrastructure repairs.

The process will cost about $4.3 million all together.

Dreslinski said the renovation will include a new salad bar and vegetarian stations as well as an interactive, “My Kitchen” area.

Dreslinski said the project would be done during summer 2018 to be ready for the 2018-2019 school year.

Admissions director Melody Chambers said prospective students notice the status of building maintenance and there is an ongoing movement dedicated to maintaining positive physical structures.

hambers said the renovations in the residence halls and upgrades in technology have had a positive impact on the way people perceive the University.