Residence Hall Construction on Track for July 1 Completion


Photo of a new residence hall under construction near the corner of Broadway and Henderson.

Southeast’s new residence hall will incorporate learning and themed housing communities such as business, construction management/interior design, and visual and performing arts.



June 2, 2009 – Construction of the new 82,000-square-foot, L-shaped residence hall near the corner of Broadway and Henderson at Southeast Missouri State University is on schedule and is expected to be substantially complete by July 1.

Construction on the new building is 75 to 80 percent complete, said Angela Meyer, associate director of design and construction with Southeast’s Facilities Management. Contractors are currently completing exterior site work and interior finishes, including paint and installation of carpet and floor tile.

Bruce Skinner, director of Residence Life, says Christine Neye, area coordinator/hall director from Dearmont Hall, will move into the new building on or about July 20 and will begin serving as its new hall director. Resident Advisors are expected to move in on Aug. 6.

The new building features 306 beds in suite style community living with double occupancy student rooms connected by shared bathrooms. The new building is situated adjacent to Myers Hall with 204 beds and Vandiver Hall with 293 beds.

“The new hall will be the first campus building people see when they arrive on the Southeast campus,” Skinner said, referring to the new hall’s location at the University gateway at Broadway and Henderson.

Residence Life has already filled open beds in the new building for returning students and will begin making new student assignments in the building at the end of June, he said.

Skinner says the residence hall has multiple small living rooms throughout the building, wireless access, a large game room, laundry room and hearth room overlooking Houck Stadium, study lounges on each floor and a dining facility on the first floor. Part of the ground level that opens on to Houck Field will be used as a locker room for the University’s football and soccer programs. A series of paved courtyards, that will include an outdoor eating area, is being constructed in the open area between the new residence hall and Vandiver Hall.

The new building also features the latest in security with each student resident having their ID encoded to allow them access to interior foyers to gain elevator access and entrance to the floor on which they reside, Skinner said. As a resident accesses a door, their entry will be recorded in real time. In the event of an emergency, staff will have the ability to reprogram the door in real time to deny access to enhance resident safety, he said.

KAI Design & Building is serving as the construction administrator, and Jacobs Engineering Group, in partnership with Treanor Architects provided architectural services for the $23.7 million building.

Neil Zlokovich of Southeast’s Facilities Management is serving as design project manager and has been with the University for 15 years.  Carolyn Figliolo of Southeast’s Facilities Management is serving as construction project manager on the new residence hall. This is the first large construction project at Southeast for which she has been responsible.

“Being given the opportunity and responsibility to manage the construction of the new residence hall has been extremely exciting, rewarding and challenging,” she said.

Figliolo has been employed by Facilities Management since July 2000. She completed her degree in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in industrial management and business administration at Southeast in May 2006 and was then promoted to full project manager status.

“I am very grateful to the executive staff, Residence Life staff and my superiors in Facilities Management for providing me with this wonderful opportunity to utilize my degree and give back to the University,” she said.

Skinner says the new residence hall will be home to many of Southeast’s learning and themed housing communities such as business, construction management/interior design, and visual and performing arts.

“These communities are tailored towards first and second year students with the active involvement of the college department or college in the programming for that learning community,” Skinner said. “Learning Communities at Southeast Missouri State University have been developed to provide students with a residential experience that ties together what they are learning in the classroom with what they are seeing and experiencing outside the classroom. This will be accomplished through programming that connects students to the faculty who are providing their instruction in an environment that is comfortable and familiar to the student, thus enhancing the overall academic experience.”