State Tech awards $11 million clubhouse renovation contract


Missouri State Technical College has awarded an $11.4 million construction contract to renovate the Osage County Country Club clubhouse.

In July, State Tech revealed that it planned to replace the Osage Country Club clubhouse with a multi-purpose event and entertainment venue.

The 31,000-square-foot clubhouse transformations will bring bowling, golf simulators and space for esports systems, as well as a 50-seat theater, sports bar, pro shop and entertainment center. events of 250 people, among other attractions.

The college will contract with professional contractors and engineers to replace the clubhouse, which is expected to be completed by May 1, 2023.

State Tech President Shawn Strong said contracted teams should start mobilizing within the month.

The college received about six bids for the project, Strong said, and all were within half a million dollars of each other.

He said Columbia-based Professional Contractors & Engineers provided the lowest bid and has a good reputation in the industry.

State Tech acquired the Osage County Country Club in 2020 to revamp the space and expand entertainment options for students moving to the area.

Prior to State Tech ownership, Strong said the country club was largely volunteer-run and had $200,000 in debt. After the college presented its ideas for a renovated golf course, Mid-America Bank forgave the debt and State Tech took possession for $1.

As Missouri’s fastest growing college, Strong said State Tech needed additional space to hold activities and entertain students.

Over the past five years, enrollment has grown from 1,200 students to more than 2,000. And Strong said the college is still looking to expand.

With plans to use potential state funding to expand several tech programs, Strong said State Tech could have a 3,000-student campus within a few years.

He said one of the first questions students regularly ask when visiting campus is, “What is there to do in Linn?”

“It’s always a tough question for us,” Strong said. “We have the lakes, and we say Jeff City is only 15 minutes away. But really in Linn we have a nice hub of activity. But there’s definitely a shortage of things to do. That will help us to answer that question.”

Strong said the renovated clubhouse will become a marketing tool and be included in campus tours, despite being across town.

To determine what the space will be used for, he said the college has tried to include activities that are somewhat out of the ordinary to make the venue the only one of its kind in the area.

He said it could help the college recruit students and faculty from larger cities, where games like bowling and golf simulators are more common.

Strong said the new site will also allow the college to entertain industry partners who regularly visit campus. He said he also expects the venue to become popular for corporate events, such as retreats or trainings.

“The nice thing is that it’s going to be a totally different facility, so it’s an extra thing to do — you won’t feel like you’re always on campus,” Strong said.


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