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From the Ground Up: C.H. “Chub” O’Reilly Enterprise Center

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Owner/developer: Drury University
General contractor: Nabholz Construction Corp.
Architect: Trivers Associates Inc. (St. Louis) and Cooper Robertson & Partners LLP (New York, NY)
Engineers: Lee Engineering & Associates LLC, civil; KPFF Inc. (St. Louis), structural; and IMEG Corp. (Jefferson City), mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Size: 67,000 square feet
Estimated cost: $27 million
Lender: None
Estimated completion: Fall 2022
Project description: Drury University’s newest academic building will be home to the Breech School of Business Administration, the department of political science and international affairs, and other programs, said Drury spokesperson Mike Brothers. It also will house the Robert and Mary Cox Compass Center for academic advising and career planning and the attached 12,000-square-foot Judy Thompson Executive Conference Center for meetings, workshops and speaker events. The project is Drury’s first new academic building in 20 years, according to school officials. The three-story building also is slated to include a cafe open to the public. The project is fully funded through private donations, Brothers said, with a naming rights gift from the O’Reilly family.

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