Music department facilities, health and wellness center among current projects
New buildings and renovations to academic, residential and athletic facilities continue to change the face of campus and enhance the university environment.
Last issue, we told you about the Glass Hall renovation and expansion project, which is continuing and expected to be revealed in a grand opening in fall 2017.
Here’s an update about some other major projects that moved forward during the fall semester.
Ellis Hall, home of the music department, was built in 1959. The building received few upgrades in the decades since.
In fall 2016, Ellis was closed to improve acoustics, lighting, climate control, handicap accessibility, technology infrastructure, energy efficiency, fire safety and more.
Music equipment, classes and offices have been relocated to the Glen Isle Shopping Center in Springfield, and MSU’s Bear Line shuttle is running between campus and this satellite location.
Ellis is home to a pipe organ that was installed when the building was constructed. The organ’s 2,207 pipes have been enclosed and covered to protect them from possible construction damage.
Ellis is on track to reopen in fall 2017.
In 2014, a study showed Taylor Health and Wellness Center — the medical home for MSU, with primary care providers, specialists such as psychiatrists and dermatologists, a pharmacy and a laboratory — was on track to quickly outgrow its facility.
In October 2015, students voted in favor of a fee of $29 per semester, per student, to pay for a new center approximately twice Taylor’s size.
By October 2016, medical care providers and staff from Taylor had moved to a new temporary home (the first floor of the Monroe Apartments) and a construction-site fence had been erected.
Interior and exterior demolition took place in fall and winter 2016.
This larger facility is expected to introduce services that were not previously offered, including a women’s health center, sports medicine clinic, drive-through pharmacy, mental health counseling services and more.
All students who have prepaid a health fee, and their household members age 6 and older, are eligible for services at Taylor Health and Wellness Center. MSU faculty, staff, retirees and household members age 6 and older may also receive services. Visitors to campus who become ill or injured may also be seen at Taylor.
The new facility is expected to open in spring 2018.
The office of planning, design and construction shares weekly updates.