The Nature School will be an opportunity for fifth graders throughout Boone County to be immersed in experiential, nature- and place-based learning. The project is the result of a partnership between Columbia Public Schools and the Missouri Department of Conservation. Land for the school was donated by Hank Waters and Vicki Russell. Phase One construction includes the building of the pavilion, funded by the Missouri Department of Conservation, and construction of the Council House, made possible by a gift from the Audubon Society.
The new Shelter Insurance North Campus Facility consists of warehouse paper and paper goods storage with loading docks, administrative offices, open office space, large and small meeting/conference/training rooms, specialized printing, and mail rooms. The facility also has a basement Data Center, break rooms, rest rooms, miscellaneous mechanical rooms, and other support spaces.
Grant Elementary School Addition and Renovation will be a two-story addition on the South end of the existing classroom wing that will include 3 general classrooms as well as Art, Music, Pre-school, Kindergarten, ELL, and SPED classrooms.
Beulah Ralph Elementary School, Columbia’s 21st elementary school, was developed in an effort to address overcrowding in other schools such as Mill Creek Elementary School, eliminate the need for trailer classrooms, and reduce class sizes.
The Lafferre Hall 1935/44 Renovation & Repair project will renovate approximately 40,000 GSF on the first floor to provide space for experiential teaching and learning labs, computer labs, student machine shop, and student team areas; and approximately 29,000 GSF for research space for engineering disciplines.
The new Boone County Emergency Operations facility, to be run by the county and located at the back of the county’s facility property near the county jail and sheriffs annex, joins the forces of the previous city and county EOCs into an integrated facility that will serve the community for decades to come.
Missouri Valley College is the home of the 78,000 square foot Burns Athletic Center that includes a 2,000-seat gymnasium, indoor track, weight room, locker rooms, training rooms, classrooms, coaches' offices, and the Viking Hall of Fame.
The J.W. “Blind” Boone Residence is a significant part of Columbia’s history. The recognition of this building lies not only in the memory of the native Missouri artist, pianist, and philanthropist John William Boone, but also in the history of the African-American community in Columbia.