Holland House under construction

The new residence hall Holland House is under construction. It is located on the corner of Madison Street and Holland Street behind Strong Hall.

Those eager for a new residence hall may have to wait longer than expected.

Construction for Missouri State University’s new Holland House residence hall is behind schedule, project manager Bruce Colony said.

 Colony said the residence hall’s construction plan was impacted by weather and other complications. Building the four-level parking structure has been time-consuming and complex, he said.

 On top of the parking structure, there will be a three-story residence hall that will house 402 students in two-person rooms.

Holland House’s capacity is smaller than Freudenberger and Blair-Shannon House. Both hold over 700 students each, but it will be     larger than Kentwood Hall, which holds only around 100 students. 

 Because the parking structure isn’t finished yet, the dining center’s original start date of Nov. 1 has been rescheduled.

 “There are temporary supports installed in the dining center area that cannot be removed until the concrete in the roof of the garage has been poured and cured to a certain strength,” Colony said.

 Integrity Development, the contractors in charge of building Holland House, expect to complete the garage by mid-November.

 The dining center, located on the first floor of the building, will also have a retail store.

 Branco Construction was awarded the contract for building Holland House’s dining center. It will seat around 200 students and have a full-service kitchen.

The store will sell ready-made food items like frozen and pre-packaged meals, similar to those at Bear Necessities.

The Residence Hall Renovation Budget will pay for the $4.9 million dining hall construction project. 

 Holland House’s completion date will be reevaluated sometime in November. 

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