A series of construction projects are underway that will significantly enhance the safety, accessibility and aesthetics of the Missouri Southern campus.

“Missouri Southern has a unique opportunity this year to utilize some federal and state funding that is designated for capital improvement,” said Executive Vice President Brad Hodson.

“In addition to a number of deferred maintenance projects (roofs, boilers, chillers, etc.), the university has decided to address several safety and accessibility issues in and around the Oval. These include street replacement; more visible crosswalks; a dedicated path across the main parking lot from the residence halls; a safer, better lit, drier tunnel; and wider sidewalks and building entrances on the Oval.”

The federal and state funds are provided exclusively for capital construction and can’t be used for anything other than capital projects. Aesthetic improvements to campus will be funded through philanthropic dollars via the Missouri Southern Foundation.

“While construction around many of the most-used buildings on campus will be an inconvenience, the end results will represent a huge leap in safety, accessibility, and aesthetic quality of our core campus,” said Hodson “We ask students, faculty, and staff to be patient with our friends at R.E. Smith Construction and to maintain a positive attitude as these projects unfold over the next six months.  We are confident that when they are completed, everyone associated with Missouri Southern will be very proud of the improvements.”

A narrow strip of the main parking lot running north to south from the tunnel to the bridge has been fenced to allow for demolition. This fenced area restricts cars from moving across the main parking lot east to west. The parking lot entrances off Newman Road will remain open and students, faculty, and staff may use them to enter either the east side or west side of the main parking lot.

Wayfinding signage will be displayed in order to help the campus community navigate the impacted routes, and weekly construction updates emailed and posted here.