CoxHealth today began a $6.8 million dollar renovation of Cox College.
The renovation, which will cover all four floors of the college’s building next to Cox North Hospital, will completely overhaul the look of the college. When completed, Cox College plans to ask the Missouri State Board of Nursing to expand their program from 250 to 400 students in an effort to alleviate the nursing shortage throughout the Ozarks.
“This is a big day,” Lisa Alexander, president of the CoxHealth Foundation, said during the “Demo Day” ceremony. “This has been two years in the making…trying to get this college off to a wonderful new start with a re-investment in this community and in the north side of town.”
The majority of the funds were raised by donations from local philanthropists.
While most of the building will be significantly changed from the current layout, the College is retaining some things that will link it to its past. One example has the school keeping the historic “Helping Hands” mural on the east side of the building.
“All of us have this vision of what we want Cox College to become and what we want it to look like and what we want it to represent,” Dr. Amy DeMelo, college president, stated during the ceremony. “But that vision doesn’t matter if it’s just one person’s vision…all of us came together and said ‘this is what we want for Cox College.’ I’m so excited that when you look at the pictures of what Cox College is going to become, it is absolutely representative of what goes on here at Cox College.”
The renovation project is expected to take from 12 to 18 months. The College will work around the construction to continue all classes during the overhaul of the building. The design was done by Springfield’s Butler, Rosenbury & Partners.