Missouri Western is undergoing change as new renovations are being made to Agenstein Hall.
Western is curious to see the changes as well as a new building under construction, Remington Hall.
Remington Hall is a 54,000 square-foot addition to Agenstein Hall and is expected to be up and running by December 2009.
With the building of the Hall underway, plans to to formally open the building are slated for January 2011. The improvements to both Remington and Agenstein will be available to students next spring.
Funding comes from the Lewis and Clark Initiative (from Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority) and the Remington family.
Remington Hall is named after Wes and Patsy Remington, who pledged a $5 million gift to Western in 2007. The total budget for this project is estimated to reach $37.5 million.
Beth Wheeler, director of external relations, assisted in the Agenstein and Remington Hall project.
“After several years of planning, preparation and construction, the opening of Remington Hall will be a remarkable accomplishment,” Wheeler said. “Western students will benefit from the expansion and renovations of the science and mathematics facility for decades to come. When completed, Agenstein will be rebuilt inside out; refurbished.”
Mel Klinkner, vice president for financial planning and administration, is one of the many people who have worked on the Agenstein/Remington Hall project.
“We have meetings every couple of weeks for updates; we have lots of committees on board,” Klinkner said.
Jerry Zweerink, known as the faculty shepherd over the project, is happy to be a part of the remodeling taking place in Agenstein. Zweerink is a professor of chemistry and he finds the addition to be beneficial.
“This facility will be quite nice; we want it to be the North (central) entrance to campus,” Zweerink said. “This can really be a place student’s call home away from home.”
Upon completion, Agenstein will have new laboratories, offices and more.
Remington Hall is anticipated to be a helpful addition to Missouri Western. The first floor alone can hold 100 students. Lounge areas and more will be added to Remington. Standing side by side, Agenstein and Remington will be most up-to-date on Western’s campus.