Ribbon cutting for Hearne's Hall is June 26
June 21, 2012
JOPLIN – Everyone is invited to a Joplin Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting and Open House that will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, on the first floor of Hearnes Hall on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. The project, one part of Missouri's Southern's new master plan, includes a major renovation to the facility that features a three-story atrium and glass-walled entrance that, according to Bob Yust, vice president for business affairs, has a price tag of about $1.2 million, including construction and furnishings.

Entering the building from the south side, students and visitors will be greeted by a terrazzo floor with a green and gold Lion head in the center of the spacious, multistory atrium. The main corridor features a cloud ceiling with frosted glass walls and doors that open into each suite. Next to each entrance are flat-screen TV monitors that stream continuous live information and announcements. In addition, the 40-year-old heating, air conditioning and lighting is being replaced with energy efficient systems.

Architects for the project were from Ness Design Group Architects of Joplin. Construction was done by the Bales Construction Company.

The original construction of Hearnes Hall, named for former Missouri Governor Warren Hearnes, began in 1966. The name of the building honored the governor’s vision and ability to reach across party lines to benefit students in southwest Missouri. Hearnes served as governor from 1965 to 1973. He died in 2009.

The building was originally designed by Frank McArthur of Tanner-Linscott and Associates of Kansas City. Due to a fire during construction, the building was not finished until June 1967. It opened for business later that fall. With 40,390 square feet of floor space, it was the largest building on the Missouri Southern campus until Taylor Performing Arts Center was completed in 1975.

In the decades following its construction, the building served two purposes. It housed administrative offices and other business-related departments as well as academic departments. For many years rooms on the second and third floor served as classrooms.

The new office locations are:

First Floor (lowest level):

Second Floor:

Third Floor:

  • Suite 301 – Student Success Center

  • Suite 306 – Dean, Arts & Sciences

  • Suite 308 – Project Stay

  • Suite 314 – ACTS

  • Suite 315 – First-Year Experience

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