Southeast Residence Halls Being Renovated This Summer


Remodeling Under Way on Magill Hall Biology Labs

Photo of painters working in Towers North

Shawn Sackman (foreground) and Aaron Coy (backround) paint a wall in Towers North. Sackman and Coy are with Danx Painting.


July 1, 2010 – Many residence hall students at Southeast Missouri State University will be greeted to new flooring, paint and windows when they return to Towers for the fall 2010 semester.

Renovations totaling $8.3 million are being completed this summer in several residence halls, including the Towers Complex, Dearmont, Henderson House and Greek Housing. Work began May 17 and is expected to be completed July 30.

According to Dr. Bruce Skinner, director of Residence Life, the four, 12-story Towers Complex buildings located off of North Sprigg Street are closed this summer for major renovation work.   The renovations in Towers West and North include: replacement of carpet in all student rooms, corridors and lounges; painting throughout the two halls; and replacement of the fire alarm systems.  In Towers North only renovations include replacing the air handler unit.  In Towers West renovations include modifying the chilled water lines, replacing the air handler unit, and adding fan coil units and fresh air to student rooms. 

Renovations in Towers South and East include replacement of all double hung and casement windows, and both halls are being entirely repainted.   In Towers south only, plumbing clean outs have been added.

The Towers Complex will reopen for occupancy with the fall 2010 semester.

Renovations in Buildings G, H and K of Group/Greek Housing include bathroom and shower upgrades.  Laundry and kitchen facilities also are being added in Buildings G, H and K. The Group/Greek Housing community, also on the north campus off of North Sprigg Street, is home to fraternities and sororities housed in five buildings.

In addition, deteriorating catwalks are being demolished in Dearmont Hall, along Normal Avenue, this summer, and metal fire escape stairs are being constructed, he said.

In Myers Hall, all wooden chairs in student rooms are being replaced with a two-position wooden framed, padded seat chair. A sewer pipe is being re-lined on the south end of the building, and Myers is being connected directly to the city’s water lines to improve reliability, Skinner said.

At Henderson Hall, the roof is being replaced and drainage issues will be addressed this summer.

Dr. Bruce Skinner, director of Residence Life, said the work this summer is being funded by System Facilities Revenue bonds issued at the same time bonds were issued to construct New Hall, Southeast’s newest residence hall which opened last fall. The Office of Residence Life also is using its financial reserves to fund these projects, he said. 

Outside contractors completing the residence hall renovations include Brinkmann Constructors, Kiefner Bros Inc.; Drury Company; Dutch Enterprises; and Zoellner Construction Co. Inc. Residence Life is responsible for the chair replacement in Myers Hall.

Skinner says these improvements are needed to replace aging equipment and to improve the living environment for Southeast students.

“Whether we are talking about new, more efficient and operable windows in South and East, air handlers in West or North, a better laundry space in Greek, or a more stable stairway system in Dearmont, these improvements are meant to improve the physical space for our students,” he said. “I also believe these types of projects remove some of the daily work orders received by our Facilities Management department, thereby freeing up staff to work on other needed areas of campus.”

Skinner says the work under way this summer was planned in advance to take advantage of the summer months to complete this work and avoid conflicts with student living on campus during the academic year.

Camps and conferences this summer are being housed on the south side of campus in New Hall, Vandiver and Myers while the remodeling work proceeds on the north campus, Skinner said. Food service normally offered at Towers during the summer is being provided at the University Center, he said.

Other Summer Facilities Projects

Many other facility improvement projects are under way on campus as well this summer, including renovation of the Magill Hall biology laboratory, according to Angela Meyer, Director of Facilities Management.

Magill 134 and 138, along with a prep room between the two, are being renovated this summer as part of the Title III Strengthening Institutions grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education awarded to Southeast last summer. Magill 134 and 138 will be the new anatomy and physiology teaching laboratories. Nip Kelly Equipment Company is the contractor for the project. 

Beginning in Fall 2010, students will be able to use updated furnishings, equipment and wi fi technology in these renovated facilities. Thanks to the grant, the anatomy and physiology teaching laboratories will be equipped with movable tables and ergonomic chairs, eyewashes and an emergency shower, new microscopes and anatomical models, software interface and probes for physiology labs, a document camera, projector and wireless Internet, and laptop computers and dedicated desktop computers

Over the next four years, Southeast will renovate a total of six outdated teaching laboratories for the life sciences. The labs are being modernized to facilitate collaborative, technology-resourced and inquiry-based instruction.  Renovations are addressing deferred maintenance issues and are bringing the labs into conformity with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility guidelines.  

In addition to the biology laboratories, other classroom renovations include the Crisp Hall nursing simulation lab and a general classroom in Brandt Hall.  The Department of Public Safety is also being relocated from Dearmont Hall to the former alumni center along Sprigg Street, Meyer said.