Countdown to the SMSU Centennial

A Long-Range Vision and Six-Year Plan (2000-2006)

West Plains Campus Master Plan Chart

Under Way

Student Services Center

State funding for a Facilities Reutilization Plan (FREUP) will allow renovations to Looney Hall to provide students with "one-stop" admissions, registration, and associated support services.

Expanded Parking

When resources permit, adjacent properties will be acquired as they become available to develop for open parking.

Putnam Student Center

A student capital project fee initiative has been approved by vote of the student body to renovate a portion of Putnam Student Center to create meeting and work space for student organizations.

Hass-Hoover Hall Renovation

This donor-gifted facility adjacent to the Garnett Library will be renovated using state appropriation for the SMSU System's Facilities Reutilization Plan. Funding will provide a needed expansion for the space-constrained Academic Support Center.

Secondary Entrance/Signage (West Main)

Ingress/egress to the campus from the major city thoroughfare of West Main will be enhanced by this improvement. Signage reading "West Plains Campus" above "Southwest Missouri State University" will assist visitors and prospective students while serving to delineate the campus from the surrounding neighborhood.

SMSU-Springfield Academic Outreach Center

A former residence will be renovated to provide administrative space for advising and coordinating delivery of SMSU-Springfield bachelor's and master's degree programs on the West Plains Campus.

Programmed (0-5 Years)

New Library Building

A major state appropriation of $9.9 million will be requested to support the creation of this urgently-needed academic project. Significant enrollment growth over the past decade, along with a concomitant increase in academic programs for associate, bachelor's and master's degrees, has outstripped the capacity of the Garnett Library. This new 50,000-square-foot facility will accommodate anticipated growth in textbook holdings, increased demand for electronic access and individual/group study areas, and required space for an expanded Academic Support Center, as well as for a campus-wide audio-visual production and distribution center.

Central Administration Building (Post Office)

Nearly a decade ago, SMSU-WP purchased the facility housing the West Plains Post Office to create a central administration building for the campus when the Post Office relocates. The administrative offices for the chancellor, special projects coordinator, university communications and computer services staffs and associated support activities will be relocated into this renovated facility, which will also include a 3000-square-foot addition.

Renovation of Looney Hall

Following relocation of administrative activities from Looney Hall, the facility will be renovated to bring academic areas up-to-date.

Residence Hall Reception Area

This planned expansion will provide a reception area for Grizzly House visitors and afford suitable space for residents to gather, study, use computer resources and for lounging/recreation. 

Planned (5-10 Years)

Student Center Modernization

Upon relocation of the library to a new facility, the present Garnett Hall will be converted to meet campus needs of residential and commuter students. The floor plan of this previously renovated building offers available space for a bookstore, ATM facility, offices for student organizations and for the student life and development staff gathering and recreation areas, and for vending or limited fast food service options. 

Putnam Dining Facility Renovation

Additional space will be created in Putnam Cafeteria upon relocation of many student support activities into the modernized Garnett Student Center.

Visitor Center/Public Safety Office

As sales continue to grow, the existing Drago College Store will require expanded display space in the modernized Garnett Student Center. The present Drago facility is ideally suited to serve as an identifiable, accessible visitor center and public safety office.

Melton Hall Addition

The campus's prime classroom, laboratory, and faculty offices for the School of Arts and Sciences will require expansion to complement an increased population in students seeking transfer degrees and participating in bachelor's degree completion programs offered by SMSU-Springfield.

Main Entrance/Signage (Broadway)

Ingress/egress to the campus from the principal city thoroughfare on Broadway will be enhanced by this improvement. Signage reading "West Plains Campus" above "Southwest Missouri State University" will assist visitors and prospective students and serve to delineate the campus from the surrounding neighborhood.

Residence Hall Addition

A proposed four-story addition adjacent to the existing Grizzly House Residence Hall will contain approximately 80 additional living spaces.

Expanded Parking

When resources permit, adjacent properties will be acquired as they become available to develop for open parking.

New Allied Health Building

As West Plains continues to grow in the provision of health services for south central Missouri, an increased need is projected to occur for nurses and other allied health practitioners. A facility designed expressly with the classrooms and laboratories needed for the education of allied health program associate degree graduates will enable SMSU-WP to fulfill this projected requirement.

Proposed (10-25 Years)

New Multi-Purpose Instructional Facility

State appropriation will be requested to construct this instructional facility intended to support multiple academic programs and campus activities. The Multi-Purpose Instructional Facility will contain a variety of diverse classroom areas designed to offer flexibility in their reconfiguration for physical education, dance, theatre, art, music, and similar activity-related classes.

Expanded Parking

When resources permit, adjacent properties will be acquired as they become available to develop for open parking.

Athletic/Recreation Fields

As the campus increases its proportion of residential students, athletic and recreation facilities will be needed on-campus to support student life.

New Residence Hall Cafeteria

This facility will be sited adjacent to the Residence Hall complex to provide easy access by residents to dining facilities offering an affordable meal plan. 

New Classroom Building

Continued campus enrollment growth and expanding program offerings will necessitate a new classroom building funded by state appropriation.