The Missouri General Assembly included $4.3 million for the construction of a technology center for Southwest Missouri State University-West Plains during the 1996 session. An additional $900,000 was allocated for equipment and furnishings. The 44,000-square-foot split-level building was equipped with state-of-art technology, including a 54-station open computer lab for students. A community-wide capital campaign raised an additional $78,000.
The building was named in honor of Michael J. Lybyer to recognize his "tireless efforts as a member of the Missouri Senate to establish a responsible and effective state government, including his work as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee leading toward fair and responsible distribution of higher education funding among the state's public Universities and colleges."
A dedication ceremony was held on April 14, 2000.