COLUMBIA, MO. — The University of Missouri-Columbia’s Brady Commons student center is undergoing a multi-phased renovation and expansion that will combine three existing buildings into a single 230,000-square-foot facility. Located at the center of the university’s Columbia campus, the new three-story building will house more than 500 organizations, several dining venues, student programming spaces and multiple lounges. The first phase of the project, which is slated for completion by the end of this year, will house the Center for Student Involvement. Phase II of the project includes the complete renovation of the existing Brady Commons building. St. Louis-based Gray Design Group has begun providing interior design services for the renovated facility. Upon completion of the second phase in 2011, Brady Commons will house the university’s Center for Social Justice, including the Women’s Center, Multicultural Center and Student Life office. A two-story commons area that will include dining venues with seating for more than 600 will connect the two buildings. KCI is the general contractor; Holzman Moss and Mackey Mitchell are the architects for the project. The estimated cost of completion was not disclosed.