Mixed Use Housing and Retail Facility
A project that will have a direct impact on students and campus visitors is a proposed public-private, mixed-use housing and retail facility located north of Audrey J. Walton Stadium between Holden and Washington streets. The five-story facility will house 325 upper-classmen as well as commercial tenants, including an expanded University Store, on the first floor. Once built, the facility would be financially self-supported through student housing fees and commercial tenants.
Walton Stadium District Project
This project will provide improvements that will affect student athletes and visitors alike. Enhancements include finishing out some 15,000 square feet of the stadium’s lower level for a training center, football locker rooms and game-day festivities, and improvements at the north end of the concourse level to formalize the north entrance as a drop-off/pick-up point. The existing concession area at the southwest entrance would be removed, and its services relocated within an expanded concourse area.
Other opportunities include an improved visitors’ section, hillside seating at the north end of the horseshoe, a formal entrance to the southeast, a new northeast entrance, the creation of an arrival plaza on the west side of the stadium, and numerous parking lot upgrades to provide both a more finished look to the stadium district and improved tailgating opportunities. Installation of new wrought iron fencing and stone pillars and improved signage are also part of the plan.
Campus Arts Gateway
The Arts Gateway project will establish a renewed image for the University of Central Missouri at the northeast corner of campus. Motorists traveling south along Highway 13 will be greeted by a campus entry sequence that announces UCM’s commitment to academic excellence and to the arts. Visitors to Hendricks Hall will be greeted by a new entry facing South Street that will be visible from Highway 13. The hall will be renovated to provide improved acoustical performance, restore Hendricks to its original grandeur and offer contemporary patron amenities. Parking and group bus arrivals will be accommodated in an attractive, convenient and safe environment. Utt Hall will be improved to provide acoustic separation between instructional and practice spaces. Hart Recital Hall will provide appropriate acoustic and environmental performance characteristics. Landscape features and signage will effectively direct students and visitors to building entries and interior spaces.
The Innovation Campus is an initiative that will benefit Missouri students and businesses through an innovative education and training program. High school students will be able to enter the program during their junior year and immediately start earning dual credit and gaining experience through apprenticeships with local business partners. This program will greatly reduce both the time and cost for a student to complete a bachelor’s degree in a high demand field. The partners in this initiative include University of Central Missouri, Lee’s Summit R-VII School District, Metropolitan Community College, the state of Missouri, and many local business partners. Governor Nixon has said that the Innovation Campus concept is exactly what Missouri needs to keep high technology jobs in Missouri while making it easier and cheaper for Missouri students to achieve their academic goals.