Rendering of proposed renovations to Hass-Darr Hall, the former West Plains Post Office.
Hass-Darr Hall will be the name of the post office building following completion of renovation and expansion plans in recognition of significant gifts from two families and long-time campus supporters.
The Carol Silvey Student Union will be housed in the post office building on Garfield Avenue once its renovation and expansion is complete.
Proposed Layout of Hass-Darr Hall
Hass-Darr Hall will revolutionize the Missouri State University-West Plains campus experience.
University officials received the green light for plans to renovate and expand Hass-Darr Hall when Missouri legislators passed a bonding package and Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation authorizing approximately $300 million to fund repairs and renovations to public properties around the state. Included in that package was $1.5 million in funding for the post office building, which will soon be vacated by the U.S. Postal Service.
The total cost of the Hass-Darr Hall project will be $4.5 to $5 million, which will be covered with a combination of bonding, donor and University reserve funds. Once completed, the facility will house the Carol Silvey Student Union, William and Virginia Darr Honors Program, tutoring services, Veteran's Center, the admissions office and other much needed classroom and administrative office space that will enhance student learning and academic success.
Make the Match!
The gift provided by Bill and Virginia Darr includes $250,000, which can only be accessed through the Make the Match program. Each private dollar donated to Hass-Darr Hall will be matched 1-for-1. Contact the development office at (417) 255-7240 to make your gift and double your impact!