- The new Taylor Health and Wellness Center will be completed early December 2017.
- “We’re in a pretty critical stage right now, we’ve lost a few days to rain, but we’re still on time,” said project site manager Brett Krassinger from K&S Construction, Inc.
- Missouri State students voted to raise a health fee back in April 2016 to expand the healthcare facilities.
- The new building will include necessities like a pharmacy and an x-ray room.
If looks could kill, the new Taylor Health Center would slay.
When Taylor Health was originally built over 40 years ago, student enrollment was around half of what it is today. Since more and more students are pouring in every year (currently at 26,000), facilities were quickly becoming cramped and obsolete.
So, students took matters into their own hands and proposed to raise a $29 per semester fee to cover costs. With over 80 percent of students approving it, the building will now be close to 40,000 square feet according to the banner on the construction fence.
Bidding out to various construction companies soon ensued after the fee passed back around homecoming of 2016.
K&S Construction, Inc. came out on top and was then contracted to start demolition. Based out of St. Louis, the company bid to complete Taylor Health around $10 million and then hired Krassinger as the site manager.
“Things are going pretty smoothly, but on any project, you’re gonna have unforeseen things come up,” Krassinger said when asked if construction was going according smoothly. “For example, when we dug the new foundation here, we hit pinnacle stone bedrock that was tough to break through and took extra time. But that’s nothing out of the ordinary.”
Scaffolding was established just two weeks ago. It seems like overnight, the building is finally taking shape and students are getting excited.
Due to the rainy weather Springfield has seen recently though, there have been a few days lost to the weather that has the potential to set back construction.
“The rain has proven to be kind of against us these past few weeks. But we’re going to keep pushing through and get this thing done on time,” said Krassinger.
The new center’s exterior will be very modern, something called a rain screen system with stone accents. K&S Construction specialize in this type of construction and say it will tie in very nicely with the other new buildings popping up on campus.
Taylor Health 2.0 will fill up its massive space with amenities like:
- A large first-floor nursing area with exam rooms, labs, a x-ray room and a pharmacy.
- Second-floor offices for physicians and staff.
- Third-floor offices for associates and extra exam rooms.
“I can’t believe how fast the building is popping up. I’ve thought we needed a new health center since freshmen year, and it’s so cool to be at a university that listens to its students,” said Shelby Linneman, a junior communications student.
Construction is expected to be completed on time, at the beginning of December 2017.