Construction on schedule for Bloch, Miller Nichols projects

Roze Brooks

Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall

Scheduled to open in August 2013, the Henry W. Bloch Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation continues on schedule and on budget.

The $32 million gift from Henry W. Bloch in fall 2011 covers the project’s entire cost and is the single largest gift in UMKC history.

The final beam containing signatures of UMKC administrators, the builders, students and Bloch School faculty was placed on the structure at a special ceremony in October 2012, when Bloch spoke about the endowment and the goals of the facility.

The structure will be located on Cherry Street next to the Student Union and adjacent to the current Bloch School building.

The amenities included a innovation lab with prototyping room, flexible classrooms for participative learning, center atrium and amphitheater, behavioral research lab for academic research, 200-seat auditorium and finance lab.

The 68,000-square foot building, with its many amenities, is touted as a regional first and for its application of technology.

The project strives to maintain energy efficient strategies that could result in a LEED Gold certification.

Miller-Nichols Learning Center

Construction of the Miller Nichols Library and Learning Center expansion is also on track to open by next fall.

The Learning Center classroom addition, being built to the west of the existing library structure, will include a 350-seat auditorium, a 400-seat lecture hall divisible into two spaces and two 100-seat halls.

These rooms are intended for larger, foundation-level courses.  This will alleviate the need for professors to teach duplicate sections of courses.

The new space will also serve for community functions, including guest speakers and other events. This community programming element is one of the main objectives of the project.

The influx of foot traffic brought on by the recent library renovations is  expected to at least double the use of the existing library.

Key features include an entrance facing 51st Street that will improve accessibility to the quad.

The renovations and addition of the learning center will add 68,296 gross square feet to the existing 169,733.

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