|JOPLIN - Members of the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors were told at their regular meeting on March 16, 2012, that the renovation of Hearnes Hall on campus is nearing completion.
The first floor of Hearnes Hall is currently being renovated by Bales Construction Company, Inc. to create a new "front door" for new students entering the campus and new space for one-stop-shop admissions and enrollment services. The completely new and contemporary office spaces will feature a three-story lobby with a glass walled entrance.
Enter the building from the east side, students and visitors will be greeted by a terrazzo floor, a composite material poured in place or precast, with a green and gold Lion head set in the floor in the center of a spacious, multi-story atrium. The main corridor will feature a cloud ceiling with frosted glass walls lining both sides with glass doors that open into each suite. Next to each entrance will be a flat-screen TV monitor that will stream continuous live information and announcements. In addition, the 40-year-old heating, air conditioning and lighting systems are being replaced for greater energy efficiency.
The first floor, which will house admissions and registrar, bursar (student accounts) and financial Aid offices is expected to be completed in May. The third floor that already has been renovated will house the advising, counseling and testing services, Student Success Center, Project Stay and First-Year Experience. The second floor of Hearnes Hall will continue to serve as offices for the president, vice president for business affairs, vice president for development, business office, human resources, foundation, and budget and operations.