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MSU staff are seeking approval for Dake Wells Architecture to serve as project architect for a new on-campus building.
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MSU staff are seeking approval for Dake Wells Architecture to serve as project architect for a new on-campus building.

MSU looks to hire Dake Wells for 'front porch' project

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Missouri State University is seeking board approval to hire Dake Wells Architecture Inc. for a project that would add a new "front porch" to campus.

Staff members are seeking MSU Board of Governors approval for the selection at the board's special meeting on Sept. 20, according to the agenda.

If given the green light by the board, Dake Wells would design a recently announced building to serve as a campus entryway at Grand Street, just west of National Avenue. It would replace the current Art Annex along Grand Street. MSU received the largest one-time gift in its history for the project, according to past reporting.

"Dake Wells Architecture was the firm selected for this project due to previous experience with complex building construction projects," the agenda reads. "The consultant will provide comprehensive design services, from pre-design through post-construction."

Dake Wells would be paid roughly $1.5 million for the work, plus reimbursable expenses, according to the agenda. The project calls on the utilization of a construction manager at risk delivery method, with work expected to be completed by the spring 2026 semester.

The new MSU building, inspired by front porches in the residential neighborhood to the south, is designed to enhance arts, social sciences and humanities, according to past reporting.

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dennislancaster@missouristate.edu

Dake Wells is also the architect for the building being approved Wednesday for construction on the Missouri State-West Plains campus.

Monday, September 18, 2023
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