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Missouri Southern State University

Reynolds Hall (Math and Science) Remodel

HERA was initially commissioned to provide a master plan for the entire Reynolds Hall building. Phased options were investigated and weighed against available funding and the move management of the departments. The final Phase 1 solution consolidates the Chemistry Department (general, organic, and advanced chemistry and instrumentation), Physics, and Geology on the upper floor and allows for the construction of a new microbiology suite and general biology suite on the first floor. This first phase also includes support offices and a tiered lecture hall, and it addresses the client’s available construction budget and equipment allocation.

The envisioned Phase 2 renovation will complete the Reynolds Hall remodel project. A Phase 3 addition to the building will provide the required lecture spaces to support the anticipated student population growth. The estimated total project cost for the three phases is $19.6 million, including allocations for laboratory equipment and furniture and office equipment.

“I have been doing construction at several different facilities for many years and I can honestly say that working with HERA was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had. They are truly professionals that are very knowledgeable and very proficient at what they do. They were a true pleasure to work with.”

Robert L. Harrington, Director Physical Plant / Risk Manager


Joplin, Missouri


53,784 GSF


Master planning, programming, lab planning and design, equipment planning


Paragon Architecture



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