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MSSU Buzzing with Construction:New Dorms, Renovating Dorms, Athletic Training Weight Room Facility

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Missouri Southern State University is in construction mode.

     A fourteen million dollar residence hall complex is just one of several projects now underway.

And officials hope is has an impact on student recruiting and retention.

MSSU Director of Residence Life Josh Doak says, “O ur biggest one is a new residence hall complex we're building,  201 new beds, opening for fall in 2015.  Of course, we'll have a FEMA shelter that's located right next to that complex.”  The shelter will serve the community and students able to hold up to two thousand people.

Besides building the new dorms Missouri Southern will be renovating ten of its eleven existing dorms that we're built in the 1980’s and 1990’s. They'll get a complete makeover.

Doak says, “Couches, end tables, refrigerators,  microwaves, bed frames everything.  Everything that’s been in the rooms, we're completely replacing.”

New portable clothes storage units will replace older ones once attached to walls. Then walls will be repainted, new counters installed in bathrooms and new flooring.

Crews are digging up dirt and concrete to replace piping for better dorm plumbing as well.

All are designed to draw students to live here and change the university’s commuter image.

Doak says, “Once they see our new apartment style and our new style  complex I think they'll be more attracted to what we're offering. Its very much, more modern individual rooms, individual bathrooms, full kitchen so they can cook  if they wish to do that.”

Across campus, crews prepare to install a new sewer line for what will become the Endzone, a new athletic training facility, weight rooms and locker rooms for outdoor sports.

Assistant Athletic Director for External Events Cori Reid says, “Football right now, their locker rooms  are in the Leggett and Platt basement. So they have to walk across the street, um before games and practices and take their equipment back and forth.”

The Endzone would be completed in 2015 along with a baseball field. A sport never before played on campus.

Head Coach Bryce Darnell says, “It’s going to be great for our student athletes to be part of the campus community that’s the biggest thing we're looking for is a great student athlete experience.”

And all the campus life improvements are expected to help in recruiting and retaining students.

Doak says on -campus living can be tied to student retention. Those who live in dorms are eleven-percent more likely to stay in school and graduate than those who commute.

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