Kaiser Electric Completes Renovations to MU Mark Twain Residence Hall

Kaiser Electric crews have completed renovations to the University of Missouri - Columbia's (MU) 48-year-old Mark Twain Residence Hall. The hall closed in December 2011 for renovations and will re-open in August 2013 for the university's fall semester. The hall's dining facility was also included in the $21.7 million project.

Kaiser Electric, headquartered in Fenton, Mo., provided new electrical wiring, lighting, branch circuiting, data and communication service, and fire alarm wiring within both the residence hall tower and dining facility. The general contractor on the project was River City Construction based in Ashland, Mo.

Renovations to the seven-story hall included a gut-renovation of the main desk area, student rooms and restrooms, lower level spaces and main lounge as well as relocation of the entrance, the addition of study rooms throughout, restoration of the exterior façade, and replacement of the windows and central air-conditioning and heating units. The building's capacity was reduced from 395 to 380 students in order to increase the amount of community space.

Renovations to the Mark Twain dining facility included a new roof, updated finishes, the addition of restrooms, expansion of the seating area, and refrigerated, frozen, dry storage and receiving areas. In order to accommodate the dining expansion, the original in-ground swimming pool was removed.