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Missouri State has almost completed its first new residence in years


SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (KY3) – Missouri State University first signed a contract with Bryan Student Housing LLC to build this residence hall in May 2018. The dormitory is nearly ready to accommodate more than 400 students.

The university announced Wednesday that the name of the dormitory is Heitz House, named after John A. Heitz, a Missouri State University graduate, donor and successful real estate broker and investor.

Missouri State President Clif Smart said Heitz House was the university’s first public-private partnership with Bryan Magers, owner of Bryan Student Housing LLC.

“He approached us and wanted to design and build a facility and then sell it to the university. We thought that was an interesting way to do it. We worked with him and then bought the facility from him last week,” Smart said.

President Smart said they agreed to the sale price below the appraisal, saving the State of Missouri a lot of money.

President Smart also said that the construction of Heitz House took time for various reasons.

“Part of that was supply issues, labor issues, weather issues, and they had contractor issues. They changed general contractors midway through the project,” Smart said.

He said because of the pandemic and the reasons listed above. The dormitory opened more than a year later than planned.

Although Heitz House is already full for the fall 2022 semester, Smart said the residence is open to all students, whether freshman, graduate, international, etc.

Heitz House also has its own parking lot and indoor dining area.

Smart said once university employees and residential counselors move in in August, students will follow and the brand new residence hall will officially open.

If you want to see what Heitz House looks like, visit the State of Missouri website.

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