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The planned 54,770-square-foot Enterprise Center is designed to house Drury’s  Breech School of Business Administration.
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The planned 54,770-square-foot Enterprise Center is designed to house Drury’s Breech School of Business Administration.

Drury hires contractor, project manager for master plan project

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Drury University this morning officially announced plans to construct the first building in its 25-year master plan with the hiring of a general contractor and project manager.

The 54,770-square-foot Enterprise Center is planned to replace surface parking off Central Street and Drury Lane. The three-story building will be the new home for the university’s Breech School of Business Administration, among other planned uses, according to a news release.

Nabholz Corp. was hired as general contractor for the project, with New York City-based architecture and design firm Cooper Robertson & Partners LLP and St. Louis-based Trivers Associates Inc. working on the building’s design.

Officials are expected to break ground after the university’s academic year ends in May 2020, and completion is expected 18 months later, said Drury spokesman Mike Brothers. He said the total project cost is $20 million-$25 million.

Drury also brought on Jenny McCool to oversee the Enterprise Center and master plan, according to the release. She started last month as design and construction representative responsible for working as a liaison between the school and its architects, engineers and contractors for the master plan.

“This building will be the first milestone of the plan and will be transformational for the campus and our students,” said McCool, who most recently worked as senior project manager in facilities for EaglePicher Technologies LLC, in the release.

The Enterprise Center also will house the Robert and Mary Cox Compass Center, which will serve as a hub for student advising; the school’s department of political science and international affairs; student collaborative spaces; an executive conference room; and an executive education center attached to the main building by a colonnade.

Drury announced its 25-year master plan two years ago. As part of the plan, the university purchased and demolished a former gas station at Benton Avenue and Chestnut Expressway, with a future goal of using the lot as a new entry point to campus, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

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Susie

I cannot understand why Drury University would select and hire New York City-based architecture and design firm Cooper Robertson & Partners LLP and St. Louis-based Trivers Associates Inc. working on the building’s design when they have a fabulous Architecture program and a talented pool of local architects in the area who have the skills and talent to do the work. This decision is disappointing.

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