Ashcroft Hall is a 115 bed capacity women’s residence hall located on the College of the Ozarks campus. Designed by local mid-century architect Walter Haskew and completed by campus staff in 1964, the building is characterized by its cast-in-place concrete structure, unique masonry detailing of the exterior facade, and abundant daylight provided by bay windows in each suite. Though well maintained, the building required a complete renovation including replacement of all existing windows, doors and interior finishes. Complete replacement of the existing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems was required in addition to the installation of a new fire suppression system and code compliment stairway modifications. The design team was challenged due to the low ceiling height, cast-in-place concrete structure, and mechanical chase configurations; it was however able to preserve and restore many of the original design features of the residence hall including the unique concrete coffer ceiling configuration and room daylighting.
This project is a 2023 Missouri Preservation Honor Award winner.