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On May 17, more than 250 members of the Columbia College campus community and many friends from mid-Missouri gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new Academic and Residence Hall on the north end of the main campus. This facility will reinforce the spirit of innovation and collaboration the college has been known for since its founding in 1851.

The 60,000-square foot building will be four stories tall. The main floor will house the School of Business, featuring a large lobby, faculty offices, innovation stations for study groups, classrooms and an event center large enough to host 150 guests.

With the 20 percent growth in enrollments the Columbia College Day campus has experienced during the past two years, and more growth projected for the future, additional space for student housing is a priority. That need will be met with the addition of the residence hall component of the building, which will exist on the top three floors with a capacity for 150 students.

“Having graduated with a business administration degree, I take great pride in knowing that our School of Business will have a new home on the first floor of the Academic and Residence Hall,” says Chair of the Board of Trustees Web Bixby ’82. “This innovative, multipurpose building will serve us well for generations to come,.”

The building will be open to students when the Fall Semester begins in August 2019. A dedication is planned for September 2019.

Additional coverage from the event can be found below:

“Groundbreaking at Columbia College to meet students’ needs” – KOMU TV

“Columbia College holds ceremonial groundbreaking for new hall” – Columbia Daily Tribune

“Columbia College breaks ground on first residence hall in 50 years” – Columbia Missourian