The venerable hall, built in 1920, is the first silver-certified building in Columbia, Mo.
Columbia College has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for the renovation of Missouri Hall. The approximately 38,000 square foot Missouri Hall was completed in 1920. The $3.9 million project, designed and constructed by Simon Oswald Associates, is the first in Columbia to receive this level of recognition. A plaque commemorating its silver certification will be affixed to the hall's exterior.
Missouri Hall is the only silver-certified structure in Columbia, Mo.; there are only a handful of LEED®-certified public buildings in Columbia.
“We are pleased to be recognized by LEED® for our new sustainable building, completed on time and on budget,” said Bob Hutton, executive director of Administrative Services.
The U.S. Green Buildings Council, a national non-profit organization, grants LEED® certification to buildings that meet standards of sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design. Certified, silver, gold and platinum levels are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each category.
“We took a risk not when we agreed to design and renovate Missouri Hall but when we committed to seeking the LEED® certification without costing the institution money,” said said Shelley Simon, architect/principal of SOA. “But we did it! We were able to develop a revenue neutral LEED®-certified building.”
Funded by a statewide fund drive led by the dogged President Luella St. Clair Moss, the hall was hailed as the finest structure in Columbia on opening in 1920. Originally designed as classroom space and a dormitory, the hall gradually gave way to office space. And it began to deteriorate.
The transformation of Missouri Hall took a phased approach which allowed the college to continue operations throughout scheduled sessions and into a transitional phase during the summer months. Missouri Hall incorporates modern operational efficiencies and aesthetics without compromising its irreplaceable historic detailing. The hall captures natural daylight, has improved indoor air quality and a controllable thermal level that has created a healthier work environment.
Hutton says the use of environmentally sound paints, glues and other chemicals makes a difference." LEED® certification isn't just about energy efficiency," Hutton said. "It makes the building better for occupants and for the environment."
Hutton said the college is looking into LEED®-certifying more buildings on campus during both renovation and new construction. Read more on Columbia College's green initiatives.
History of Missouri Hall
1920 – Missouri Hall completed for then-staggering sum of $175,000 after seven-year fundraising effort. Contains sewing and cooking "laboratories," lecture rooms, a parlor, a dormitory for 110 women and the personal apartment of President Luella St. Clair Moss.
2006 – Simon Oswald Associates commissioned to reconstruct Missouri Hall.
2007 – Unveiling of new Missouri Hall during Reunion Weekend.
2008 – Columbia College applied for LEED® certification.
2009 – Missouri Hall received LEED® silver certification; first building in Columbia, Mo. to receive a silver.