Due to increasing enrollment in the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Southeast Missouri State University envisioned a multi-purpose academic and housing building to complement an existing 1884 historic structure and complete the River Campus quad.


The three-story, 93,000-square-foot Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center was designed to accommodate academic space for the University’s arts programs with student dining on the lower level and student housing with 184 student beds, student lounges and practice rooms occupying the upper two levels. The suite style residence has double occupancy student rooms that are connected by a shared entrance, kitchenette, living room, bath and shower. The expansion is designed contextually around the existing 1884 St. Vincent Seminary historic structure, creating a campus quadrangle. With the addition of the new facility, the University has achieved accreditation from NASD, NASAD, NAST, and NASM.