The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 4, 2013

Crowder College to expand campus in Webb City

By Ryan Richardson
Globe Staff Writer

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Crowder College officials will announce plans this week for a new $6 million building to be built at its Webb City campus at 600 S. Ellis St.

The project will make Webb City’s the largest Crowder campus other than the main campus in Neosho, said Cindy Brown, public information director for Crowder.

Crowder will build a 22,000-square-foot building that will include a 9,000-square-foot tornado safe room on the first floor. Besides being open to the public during dangerous weather, the safe room will double as classroom space.

Brown said Crowder will pay for the expansion with a $1.15 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, along with a nearly $385,000 grant the college will provide. That money will be used specifically for the safe room.

An unnamed donor has promised the school $300,000 in addition to a challenge grant of up to $600,000 if the school can raise another $600,000.

According to Brown, Crowder officials will offer naming opportunities to raise part of the funds.

The rest of the money will come from Crowder reserves and capital expense funds, she said.

FEMA money can only be used for the storm shelter and not any improvements needed to make the space usable on a daily basis.

“We are blessed to have the generosity of the donor,” said Cyndi Adamson, director of Crowder’s Webb City campus. “The Webb City expansion is off to a great start.”

The project also will cover additional parking and restoration of existing parking at the campus. The work is expected to be completed by the fall of 2014.

The Webb City campus served 907 students during the fall 2012 semester, according to Crowder officials.

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Crowder College will unveil more details about its Webb City project at 9 a.m. Tuesday at its Webb City campus, 600 S. Ellis St. In addition to announcing the donor’s name, the school will also show building plans.