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University of Central Missouri
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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
Fax: 660-543-4943

UCM Secures Perimeter of Construction Site

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 19, 2014) – To enhance campus safety during the largest capital project in university history, the University of Central Missouri this week announced plans to begin securing the perimeter at the site of the new mixed-use student housing-retail facility.

The new mixed-use facility, which has the working title of “The Crossing – South at Holden,” will be built by fall 2015 at the site of General Services Building (GSB), located on South Street, between Holden and Washington streets. A public ceremony to celebrate the demolition of the GSB is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 27, although actual demolition at the site will begin March 31.

As a safety precaution, McCown Gordon Construction is beginning to place a six-foot-tall construction fence around the perimeter of the construction area, and will follow-up with appropriate signage urging pedestrians to keep out of the construction area while work continues at the site. Securing the perimeter requires closing the sidewalks in front of the GSB on the south side of South Street, between Washington and Holden streets; a portion of the sidewalk on the west side of Holden Street, extending to South Street to the north edge of a private property;  and the sidewalk on the east side of Washington Street that extends south on South Street to the north edge of the football stadium. These sidewalks will be off limits to pedestrians beginning March 20-21 until the project is completed.

While work is in progress, the university also may need to temporarily close a section of Washington and Holden streets, near the project, for work on underground utilities, and shut down South Street from Holden to Washington Street for storm sewer and off-street parking improvements. Such closings will be temporary and announced at a future date. Because the project’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards, many of the materials taken from the demolition site also will be crushed and recycled for use in the new building. Such efforts will likely result in noise that could be heard in nearby areas, including the campus.    

Additional construction and demolition activities will take place directly to the south of the GSB, including new visitors bleachers and restrooms on the east side of the football field and seating removal at the horseshoe area at the north end of the field. Any future sidewalk closings or changes in use of these athletic facilities due to demolition or construction will be announced.

While the university community looks forward to this important new construction project that will benefit UCM students, it regrets any inconveniences that may result while the project is in progress. Anyone who has questions or concerns should contact John Curtis, assistant director of Facilities, Planning and Operations, at 660-543-4331.