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Wallace prior to 1956 addition

Improvements on tap for Drury’s Wallace Hall

For Immediate Release: May 7

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Holly Herlinger
Housing Coordinator
Office: (417) 873-7654
E-mail: housing@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 7, 2010 — When Drury students return for the fall semester in August they will be greeted by an updated and modernized Wallace Hall. The 85-year-old residence facility will receive an internal facelift while preserving the external character of the oldest campus housing at Drury.

Improvements for Wallace include:

  • New central heat and air.
  • Improved bathrooms with all new fixtures.
  • An elevator.
  • New paint and flooring.
  • Energy-efficient lighting.
  • A new electrical system including outlets and fixtures.
  • All new cabling for phone, Internet and television.
  • A new meeting and study lounge.
  • New laundry facilities.
  • New windows and blinds.
  • Two suites designed for students with physical disabilities.
  • Improved security with card access doors and more security cameras.
  • New sprinkler fire suppression system.

The facility will accommodate a maximum of 132 students. The construction will begin after graduation on May 15 and will be done in time for freshman move-in day on August 20, 2010. Local architecture firm Baron and Associates, LLC designed the renovations, and Killian Construction Company will do a majority of the work on the building.

“I think, right now, most students have a ‘believe it when they see it’ attitude, but this renovation is going to blow them away,” says Allison Griffith, Wallace Hall director. “We had a focus group earlier this year with current Wallace residents to understand what amenities were most important to them. Vice President for Campus Operations and Sustainability Pete Radecki was able to get all of their suggestions included in the renovations. I cannot wait for August when we can move into our new building.”

The 33,000 square foot Wallace Hall was built in 1925 with an addition made in 1956. The hall was a gift from Mrs. Louise Groesbeck Wallace in memory of her husband Washington Irving Wallace.

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