IDEA Commons consists of facilities owned and operated by Missouri State University as well as other public and private entities.

Jordan Valley Innovation Center
A state of the art, seven-story hub for innovative research and development in southwest Missouri. 

Brick City
A cluster of four buildings that offer up a collective 85,000 square feet for the university’s Art & Design programs.

Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center
The primary source of entrepreneurial support in IDEA Commons – home to the efactory and MSU’s cooperative engineering program.


Inspired Commerce
The Inspired Commerce building is a testament to the collaboration of all elements in IDEA Commons. The suites consist of a variety of business models including residential lofts, creative services, and retail establishments.

Jordan Valley Community Health Center
The Jordan Valley Community Health Center sets itself apart from other clinics due to its collaborative work supported by a number of agencies, individuals and clinicians with a vision. This Center, which has been designated a federally qualified health center, provides a wide range of services including: Primary medical care, immunizations, gynecology, prenatal care, outpatient resources, dental services, x-rays, pharmacy, optometry and more. 

Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab
The Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab is a cooperative effort between local, state and federal entities, and offers top of the line resources to aid in investigations. The former L.E. Cox Building consists of 30,000 square feet across three floors. The center includes: firearms laboratory, trace evidence lab, DNA Analysis lab, drug chemistry lab and a toxicology lab.

National Audio Company
National Audio Company is the largest manufacturer of professional quality audio cassettes in the United States. Founded in 1969, the company has grown to be the clear leader in their field and now occupies a 130,000 + square feet factory in IDEA Commons. 

Andy’s Frozen Custard – Corporate Headquarters
The corporate headquarters for everyone’s favorite frozen treat occupies nearly 30,000 square feet in the historic Cooper Plumbing warehouse inside IDEA Commons. Today Andy’s Frozen Custard is the largest dessert-only franchise in the world and can be found at more than 85 locations in 14 states. 

Residential Complexes
Holding true to the vision of IDEA Commons as a place where people can live, shop, learn, create and work, multiple residential complexes have sprung up within the district. Many have made use of abandoned and aging structures, converting them into attractive lofts and studios that appeal to a broad range of Springfield residents.