In a desire to expand their boarding capabilities to women, and expand their post high school programs, Missouri Military Academy (MMA) decided to renovate Echo Barracks, a 20,280 s.f. building originally constructed in the late 1960’s. MMA selected SOA and Reinhardt Construction to conduct the renovation via a design-build contract. The scope of work included asbestos tile removal, upgrading various interior and exterior finishes, a restroom renovation and accessibility improvements to the building’s entry. After SOA and our mechanical consultant conducted a cost / benefit analysis, MMA also opted to include a highly efficient geothermal HVAC system in the project.