Missouri State University – responding to the need for instruction and support space due to unprecedented growth in student enrollment – awarded Hastings+Chivetta the opportunity to develop a new public affairs academic building, Strong Hall.
The facility is organized in a horseshoe plan, oriented to the campus’ eastern mall. The multi-story atrium entry serves as MSU’s western gateway. Six departments in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences each have a core area with reception, a conference room and a workroom, surrounded by faculty offices.
Located in the center of the horseshoe, connecting departmental offices in north and south wings, is a large mail service area, classrooms, seminar rooms, computer labs, distance learning rooms, the student commons, vending, social lounges and study alcoves.
The Department of Defense and Strategic Studies is configured as a secured suite providing the necessary areas for independent function. The building contains MSU’s television and radio stations with 24/7 operation, as well as the Dean’s Complex.