Groundbreaking Launches University of Central Missouri’s Largest Capital Project

by Katie Sloan

Warrensburg, Mo. — The $60 million projects will build a 325-bed, mixed-use residence hall.

Groundbreaking on the site of the former
General Services Building
Warrensburg, Mo.
— The University of Central Missouri (UCM) held a groundbreaking ceremony April 29 to launch the construction of The Crossing – South at Holden.

This $60 million project, which will be complete in summer 2015, will produce a 325-bed mixed-use residence hall and retail facility that will serve as a living and learning center at UCM. The facility will provide a combination of two- and four-bedroom units that feature kitchens, living areas and private bathrooms for each two students, with supporting community spaces. It also will include an outdoor plaza area, and retail space within the building, including a new University Store, SPIN! Pizza and a Starbucks.

The groundbreaking took place on the site of the former General Services Building (GSB), which was demolished last month. The building was previously home to the university’s facilities, planning and operations units as well as purchasing and printing offices. These services have been moved to another building.

Included in the $60 million project cost are additional improvements to Audrey J. Walton Stadium at Vernon Kennedy Field, located directly south of the new mixed-use facility. Stadium improvements include moving locker rooms from the GSB to the lower level of Walton Stadium, as well as installation of new visitors seating and restrooms on the east side of the facility. The university is calling this the largest capital building project in the history of UCM. The project’s team includes the Kansas City, Mo., firms of Gould Evans, project master planner/designer; McCownGordon Construction, design-builder; and Treanor Architects, the architect of record.

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