University of Missouri’s Omicron Quadrangle: Fruits of the best research

Omicron here at CNN frequently serves up awards for the best experiences in the U.S. — from the stunning architecture of downtown Portland to the glorious distance shooting of a circumnavigation of the Atlantic Ocean in a vintage WWII battleship.

And this week, we’re happy to introduce the newest addition to our tour: the University of Missouri Omicron Quadrangle, a sprawling complex whose eight buildings comprise what is the biggest and most elegant of the campus.

The quadrangle (named for the Roman Astronomical Omicron paragon), made up of three separate academic areas (the Yawkey Center for Art and Design, the Morton Hawkins Alumni Center and The Humanities Complex), features stunning reflections of oak trees and green spaces, and strong connections to its home city and region.

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Here, Lumberton resident Carla O’Brien, whose son currently attends the University of Missouri, is visiting the campus for the first time.

“I’m having a great time,” says O’Brien, though we didn’t need to ask why. “I’ve never been here before,” she explains.

“My son has done a number of honors classes, and he has an art major. He’s in the humanities, and I’ve never been here before, so this is kind of new to me. I have family here, so it’s nice to be here.”

O’Brien also mentions the university’s modernist architecture and generous tuition assistance program.

The Douglas Enno Memorial Library — a massive building bearing a striking mod design, which received a Diamond Award for Excellence in 2015 — draws heavily on the eastern realm of campus.

Meanwhile, there are additional notable buildings around campus, including the Willard Outdoor Center and, intriguingly, the Onertlake Pavilion and Easttower — four separate structures designed to demonstrate the concept of coordination and convey how buildings will communicate and connect to each other — which we stopped by in March 2017.

Although it’s in the middle of the quadrangle, the famous 105-foot Dolph Trammell Memorial Building — once home to the football team — stands along the west shore.

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