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Shoring Up Swallow

Greater structural needs push Swallow Hall renovation costs higher.

Swallow Hall Mizzou

Greater structural needs pushed the cost of Swallow Hall’s whole-building renovation to $16.5 million. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

For its first major renovation in more than 120 years, Swallow Hall will be getting an extra dose of TLC.

Earlier this year, field investigators found greater structural repair and reinforcement needs than expected in the 1893 brick building. That pushed the bill for the planned whole-building renovation higher by $5.4 million. Swallow, which houses the anthropology department in the College of Arts and Science, is one of three buildings, along with Jesse and Pickard halls, included in the Renew Mizzou project.

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators approved the cost increase from $11.5 million to $16.9 million June 19. The College of Arts and Science will contribute $200,000 of the additional funds. The rest will come from Campus Facilities’ reserves. Jesse Hall improvements are currently $1.4 million under budget, partially offsetting Swallow’s increase.

Work covered by the $5.4 million includes full grout injection of existing masonry walls, additional underpinning of masonry wall foundations, and additional strengthening of exterior walls to stabilize the building shell during construction and comply with wind and seismic load codes.

The project will preserve Swallow’s historic brick exterior — important because it is part of Francis Quadrangle, a historic district recognized by the National Register of Historic Places — but will remake the interior. The new code-compliant interior will create 28 percent more usable square footage, upgrade two dry labs to wet labs and convert one lecture hall to tiered seating. Construction began July 2014 and is scheduled to finish February 2016.