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From the Ground Up: Missouri State University Recreation Center

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Owner/developer: Missouri State University
General contractor: DeWitt & Associates Inc.
Architect: Doug Sampson, MSU architect
Engineers: Civil Design Inc. (St. Louis), civil; and Cannon Design (Grand Island, N.Y.), structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing  
Size: 100,000 square feet
Estimated cost: $29.6 million
Lender: University-issued bonds
Estimated completion date: Nov. 30
Project description: The student recreation center will feature a 7,000-square-foot swimming pool, jogging track, fitness center, basketball courts, rock-climbing walls and a lounge area with computer centers and flat-panel televisions. In March, the university’s board of governors approved $17.97 million in bonds to finance the project. In July, the university approved a $56.6 million bond issue for various campus projects, including the recreation center. Funds for the center also come from a combination of a dedicated self-assessed student fee, which has been collected since 2007, and private gifts.
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