Missouri has almost completed its first new dorm in years.

Springfield, Missouri. (KY3) – The University of Missouri first signed a contract with Bryan Student Housing LLC to build this residence in May 2018. The hostel is almost ready for more than 400 students who can call home.

The university announced Wednesday that the residence is called Heitz House, after John A. Heitz, a Missouri State University alumnus, sponsor and successful real estate broker and investor.

Missouri President Cliff Smart said Heitz House is the university’s first public-private partnership with Bryan Magers, owner of Bryan Student Housing LLC.

“He approached us and wanted to design and build a facility and then sell it to the university. We thought it was an interesting way to do it. We worked with him and then bought equipment from him last week,” Smart said.

President Smart said they agreed to a lower than estimated sale price, which saved the state of Missouri a lot of money.

President Smart also said that the construction of Heitz House took some time for various reasons.

“Part of that was supply issues, labor issues, weather issues, and they had contractor issues. They changed the general contractor in the middle of the project,” Smart said.

He said that because of the pandemic and the reasons listed above. The hostel opened more than a year later than expected.

While Heitz House is already full for the fall 2022 semester, Smart said the residence is open to any student, whether freshman, senior, international, etc.

Heitz House also has its own garage and canteen located inside it.

Smart said that once university staff and housing consultants move in in August, students will follow and the new residence will officially open.

If you want to see what the Heitz house looks like, visit Missouri website.

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