Jesse Hall is about to resume operations. Employees will begin moving back into the iconic administrative building at the center of the MU campus May 18 and continue throughout summer, officials say.
Building improvements include sprinkler and fire-alarm systems safety upgrades, heating and cooling systems upgrades, and the installation of a second elevator. The building also is now compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act codes.
The project cost was $8.5 million, says Jeff Brown, senior director of Campus Facilities.
Jesse Hall, along with Pickard and Swallow halls, closed about one year ago as part of the Renew Mizzou project.
Hundreds of Mizzou employees will return to Jesse Hall, which houses the Office of the Chancellor, Undergraduate Admissions, the Office of the University Registrar, the Office of Student Financial Aid, the Office of Research, Accounting Services, Business Services and the MU Budget Office. No schedule has been set for the re-opening of particular offices and departments.
Same Place, Same Face
Aside from the new elevator, Jesse Hall’s interior will look pretty much the same. Most of the changes are out of view. “It’s all behind the walls,” Brown said on a tour of the building April 17.
A discerning eye might notice new sprinklers (1,400) high on walls and smoke detectors (404) in office ceilings.
The major difference is the mechanics room on the fourth floor, home of the machinery behind the heating, cooling and sprinkler systems.
Upgrades to heating and cooling will make Jesse Hall more energy-efficient, said Karlan Seville, communications manager of Campus Facilities.
See full coverage of Jesse Hall’s re-opening on Mizzou Weekly April 23.