- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri-Columbia is starting the year with one new and two renovated residence halls.

The Columbia Missourian (https://bit.ly/1NiSo4R ) reports that Gateway Hall is new to campus. The project cost $21 million. With 196 bedrooms, the hall can house 331 students. Common areas include a wall paneled with doors from Jones Hall, which closed in December 2014.

MU also spent $34.8 million to renovate Wolpers and Johnston halls. Together, the two residence halls can house up to 613 students.

The three halls all feature reused and renewable furniture. There also are new lobbies with open areas for residents to hang out with friends, motion-activated lights and quiet rooms in a range of sizes for studying.

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Information from: Columbia Missourian, https://www.columbiamissourian.com

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