Higher Education

Smarter, brighter futures.

Places to learn and excel create new legacies on campus. We build facilities that celebrate the distinct heritage of a campus, while focusing on sustainability, safety, flexibility, and future growth. And we understand how to work with the unique requirements of colleges and universities to make it all happen within tight timeframes and budgets.

Missouri State University Glass Hall Renovation and Addition – Springfield, Missouri 

The Glass Hall Renovation and Addition Project is a multi-phase renovation of the four story 150,000 sq. ft. home to the Missouri State University College of Business and the addition of the 37,000 sq. ft, Robert Gourley Student Success Center. The addition is a four-story cast-in-place concrete structure with a skin comprised of cement fiber panels, zinc coated panels and glass curtain-wall, designed by Minneapolis based Perkins + Will. The renovation provides completely remodeled public areas and restrooms, new departmental office entries, improved circulation and orientation, updated mechanical systems and a new fire suppression system, designed locally by Dake Wells Architecture. The building features:

  • A state-of-the art finance and trading lab, simulating the New York Stock Exchange trading floor
  • Entrepreneurship and sales labs
  • Dedicated career placement and business advisement centers
  • Corporate interview rooms
  • A corporate recruiter touch-down space
  • An advertising agency lab, which will function as a working advertising agency
  • A production studio
  • Collaboration and team meeting spaces
  • A full-service café

Missouri State University Pummill Hall Renovations – Springfield, Missouri

This project included a comprehensive remodeling of all four floors of Pummill Hall, originally built in 1952. The interior accommodates the Hospitality and Restaurant Administration department, the Social Work department, with the second floor dedicated to new general classrooms.  The elevator in the building was removed and a new, larger, code compliant elevator was constructed in the same location.  A new energy-efficient exterior glass curtain-wall system replaced the original exterior. The project also featured new state of the art educational kitchen lab facilities, LED lighting as well as stained and polished concrete floors.


Missouri State University O’Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center – Springfield, Missouri

This new facility includes a welcoming lobby, skills laboratories, offices, classrooms, and group study spaces for the Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Nursing, and Nurse Anesthesia programs.  The facility also includes mannequin simulation labs for the Nursing and Nurse Anesthesia programs.  The building design provides a great first impression for prospective College of Health and Human Services students and faculty and to encourage multi-disciplinary interaction. In addition to it’s educational functions the facility is also home to the MSU Care facility, a fully functioning multi-disciplinary health clinic that serves uninsured individuals in the community. The gleaming white cement-panel exterior, unique angles, interior horizontal-shear truss design, multi-faceted roof and third floor open-air interior atrium presented numerous construction sequence and engineering challenges. This project is already garnering it’s share of design and construction accolades.


Missouri State University Foster Recreation Center “LEED Silver” – Springfield, Missouri

2012 Project Team of the Year

LEED Silver Certified – 56,000 sq. ft. state of the art recreational facility. Amenities include: large recreational heated pool with lap lanes and underwater seating with hydrotherapy jets, water-current channel for walking and therapy, zip line, spa in pool area/sauna, indoor jogging track , fitness center, rock-climbing and bouldering walls, 3 basketball courts, areas for badminton, dodge ball and indoor soccer, studios for dancing and other fitness classes and state of the art locker rooms. This project has been awarded in multiple design and construction categories as well as featured in numerous recreation and higher education industry publications.


Jim Morris Basketball Complex JQH Arena – Springfield, Missouri

The new Jim D. Morris Basketball complex is 13,370 square feet located under the arena which features top of the line facilities for the Missouri State Bears and Lady Bears.  

DeWitt was responsible for the construction of a new exterior entry off of Bear Blvd (formerly Monroe St.), team locker rooms, player lounges, meeting rooms, coaching staff offices, athletic training room, reception area and storage space.  In addition, a mezzanine level will be constructed above the new basketball complex that can be utilized for additional storage.


Missouri State University William H. Darr Agricultural Center – Springfield, Missouri

The Darr Agricultural Center, located on 90-acres, serves as a laboratory and field experience classroom for the study of livestock management, equine studies, horticulture, agronomy, animal science, and wildlife conservation and management.

Building was constructed with elements to enhance agricultural education.  Learning Center includes: large classroom and lecture hall equipped with an animal entrance and specialized pen, classrooms with distance learning technology, laboratories with the equipment needed to stream video and audio transmissions, laboratory equipment that facilitates student and faculty research in the areas of water quality, soil chemistry, horticultural sciences, and animal physiology. Facility also includes a conference space and a banquet hall accommodating up to 400 available for public and private events as well as large scale educational opportunities.


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