Design phase moving forward at University of Missouri
The University of Missouri (UM) System Board of Curators recently approved a capital improvement plan that includes several renovations and new facilities. The approval allows university officials to engage architects to create designs for potential future projects.
A major project included in the approved plan is the design of a new nuclear research reactor, NextGen MURR. The first phase of the project is expected to cost $36 million. The completed facility is predicted to cost up to $1 billion and take up to 10 years to construct.
Other projects included in the capital improvement plan:
- New engineering and applied sciences building.
- Student experience center inside Ellis Library.
- Renovations and building renovations were delayed by previous underfunding.
In addition to approving the capital improvement plan, the Board of Curators approved improvement projects across the UM system:
- National Swine Resource and Research Center will double its animal housing capacity and expand swine genetic lines with a 12,220-square-foot expansion. The $8 million project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2025.
- Thompson Center for Autism and will build a new $55 million, 74,000-square-foot facility to house clinical diagnostic and intervention services, translational research and training initiatives. The project completion is expected in December 2025.
- Middlebush Farm — NextGen Center for Influenza Research Phase II will construct a $7.5 million Phase II addition, which includes 8,300 square feet to increase capacity and construct additional space for influenza research and infectious disease. The facility is expected to be open in May 2025.
- Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Building at UM at Kansas City will construct a new 120,000-square-foot Health Sciences building on the UMKC Health Science Campus. The new $120 million facility will primarily support the School of Dentistry and the School of Medicine. Expected completion date is May 2026.