Jeremiah ‘Jay’ Nixon Hall

Joplin, Missouri

  • FIRM

    Paragon Architecture


    Missouri Southern State University

  • AREA

    22,000 sq.ft.



Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) is a connected, pedestrian-focused campus. Their new mathematics lecture hall needed to have a direct path to Reynolds Hall (an existing science building on campus) while allowing for potential growth. Paragon Architecture worked closely with the administration, faculty, and staff of MSSU to determine how to best integrate existing pathways with new, intentional pathways for students and the MSSU community. One result was a beautiful and functional skywalk over Lantern Drive. This feature not only provided a direct connection between Nixon and Reynolds Hall, but it also encouraged STEM students to seamlessly interact with each other and the campus.

Jeremiah ‘Jay’ Nixon Hall now provides a blend of useful interior and exterior environments that encourage collaboration between students and teachers. The 22,000 square foot facility is nestled on a hillside that contains four lecture halls, a dedicated mathematics office suite, and a combination of open collaboration space and private student study areas. Mathematical elements were incorporated into various finishes, such as light fixtures, wall tile, carpet, and furniture upholstery to provide a distinct identity to the facility. And since the design is centered on flexibility and transparency, users can create their own learning adventure within Nixon Hall’s indoor and outdoor spaces.

Project Team: Crossland Construction Company (CM), Paragon Architecture (Architect), Malone Finkle Eckhardt & Collins (MEP Engineers), Toth & Associates (Structural Engineers), Olsson Associates (Civil Engineers)