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A Modernization to Support STEM Education

Truman State University
Magruder Hall Addition and Renovation

Kirksville, Missouri, USA

“I have recounted the story of our renovation/building process to visiting dignitaries, administrative and faculty candidates and numerous prospective students and their parents. The job HOK did was brilliant.”

Brent Buckner, PhD
Professor of Biology, Truman State University

HOK programmed and designed an addition and complete renovation for Magruder Hall to support undergraduate STEM programs in agricultural sciences, biology, chemistry and physics.

The highly interactive process, which involved administration, faculty, staff and students, included examining alternative solutions, detailed laboratory planning and design, and the inclusion of many sustainable design strategies. The result is a modern facility that conveys a completely new image for science on campus.

Challenges included budget constraints and the integration of the existing building through a complex phasing and utilization strategy.

The facility includes classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, lab support spaces, a greenhouse, faculty and administrative offices, and student/faculty shared spaces. Each department has a space for student and faculty interaction, including study spaces, lounge/coffee areas, resource spaces and science displays.

To involve students and faculty in undergraduate research, the facility includes new homes for the departments’ herpetology, mammology and seed collections, as well as an attached 1,800-sq.-ft. planetarium. A botany and ecology lab links to a new greenhouse where students can use the living laboratory for projects.


147,000 sq. ft. / 13,660 sq. m.


Interior Design
Laboratory Design
Laboratory Planning
Laboratory Programming
Structural Engineering