University of the Ozarks’ MacLean Hall is currently undergoing a $10
million renovation, the most extensive refurbishment project in the
building’s 92-year history.
Construction began in December on the stately “H” shaped, three-story
student residence hall that was completed in 1927 and sits on the east
side of College Avenue. The current project is expected to be completed
in early August, in time for the start of the 2019-20 academic year.
The renovation will include a fire sprinkler system, new central heat
and air systems, an elevator, and all new mechanical, electrical and
plumbing components. The student housing capacity will increase from 170
to 220 and additional common areas and laundry facilities will be
Most of the work this semester is being performed on the lower level
after approximately 40 students who resided there in the fall were
accommodated in other campus housing. The remainder of the renovations
will take place during the summer break.
“This is a full renovation of MacLean Hall,” said Jeff Scaccia, vice
president for finance and administration. “Basically we’re taking all
the deferred maintenance out of the building and putting in new systems
and components that are more modern and energy efficient. And, in many
ways we’re restoring the building to its historic look.”
One example of reverting to the original look will be at the front of
the building. With the inclusion of the fire sprinkler system, the
external staircases that were added in the early 2000s are no longer
needed and will be taken down.
The addition of an elevator to the historic building, as well as an
ADA entrance door on the east side, will make MacLean Hall much more
The renovation project will also include new bathrooms, LED lightning
and furnishings throughout the building. The large second-floor
ballroom will also be renovated and a gas fireplace added. A courtyard
will be created in the back of the building and new landscaping will be
MacLean Hall was constructed in 1926-27 at a cost of $150,000. It was
named in honor of Marie MacLean of Atlantic City, N.J., who was
inspired to donate $60,000 for the project after hearing then-Ozarks
President Dr. Wiley Lin Hurie speak at her church. Much of the original
design and construction was completed by Ozarks’ faculty and students.
MacLean has undergone major renovations in 1968, 1976, 1988 and the early 2000s.
The current project’s construction company is Nabholz Corp., and Credo Design Architects is the architectural firm.