UMSL science complex

(Photo by August Jennewein)

The fate of the University of Missouri–St. Louis science complex (pictured) is back in the hands of university administrators, who seek funding to construct a building and renovate existing space.

Benton Hall and Stadler Hall anchor the five-building complex. Current project plans were developed in 2009 but were not funded due to the failing economy and budget cuts from the state of Missouri.

Plans call for $30 million for construction of a 76,000-square-foot, four-story addition that will house science teaching labs and $60 million to transform Benton Hall and Stadler Hall into learning facilities.

“We’re working within the University of Missouri System to fund the new construction ourselves by issuing $30 million in bonds,” UMSL Chancellor Tom George says. “Bonds could be issued next year. Construction also might begin next year.”

The Curators of the University of Missouri System, according to George, have listed the $60 million renovation of the science complex among their highest priorities for state capital appropriations in fiscal year 2014, which will begin July 1.

This story was originally published in the fall 2012 issue of UMSL Magazine.

Maureen Zegel

Maureen Zegel