Theta Pond, facilities construction updates announced
Monday, September 9, 2019
From improvements to existing buildings and landmarks to new construction, Oklahoma State University crews from Facilities Management and Long Range Facilities Planning have been busy over the summer. Below is a summary of some of their major projects.
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A sidewalk around Theta Pond is getting a much-needed upgrade. A portion of the sidewalk known as Greek Walk and its bridge over the pond had degraded over the years, creating a potential hazard. Work includes a custom bridge, specialized masonry, sidewalks and landscaping. The project is expected to be completed in October.
Ropes Challenge Course
Work has started on the High Ropes Challenge Course, and it should be completed at the end of September. The project will use the existing Western Fields intramural parking lot and ADA access. The site is located on Western Road.
The first floor of Math Sciences will have a new look by the end of the 2019-20 school year. First-floor offices are being replaced with two classrooms. Over the summer, hallways received new flooring, lighting and paint. Notable progress has already been made on the new classrooms and ADA-compliant restrooms.
Morrill Hall, one of the oldest buildings on the campus, is undergoing extensive exterior upgrades. The work includes new roof and gutters, an improved south grand stairway, mortar and tuck-point repair, and general exterior cleaning. The College of Arts and Sciences has also funded a two-phase project for 2019-2020 to replace the original single-pane windows with energy-efficient windows. Morrill Hall, which was constructed in 1906, houses the English department.
Landscaping is one of the reasons OSU is known as one of the most beautiful campuses
in America. Landscaping is underway at Neal Patterson Soccer Stadium, the CVHS Classroom
Building, University Health Services, the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts
and the Sherman Smith donor tailgate area.
Gary F. Stewart Core Research Facility
In the fall of 2017, the Boone Pickens School of Geology broke ground on the Gary F. Stewart Core Research Facility to store and analyze cores. The building, located a mile from the Noble Research Center, will provide a resource for faculty, students and industry geologists. Construction began in the fall of 2018 and will be completed this month.
Engineering North was completed in 1964. Now that ENDEAVOR and its labs are up and running, the labs that were in Engineering North are being repurposed. The renovation is the third phase of a multi-phase renovation to convert the second and third floors into offices, classrooms and student space for the departments of Industrial Engineering & Management and Civil Engineering.
Over the summer, crews completed renovating six classrooms and hallways on the first floor of the Classroom Building. The project was finished in time for the start of school.
Boomer Creek Improvements
Land around the softball complex is getting a facelift with the Boomer Creek project, which is partially funded by a $700,000 grant from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The area will include sidewalks, a pedestrian bridge, scenic turnout, stone walls and landscaping. The project is expected to be complete by October. OSU’s Boomer Creek Gateway Improvement project is a campus/community development project to construct wider, safer sidewalks connecting campus and city corridors, and mitigate Boomer Creek erosion and vegetation management challenges through design and landscape implementation.
Willard Hall and Engineering South
Flat roof sections on Willard Hall were replaced over the summer, as was the north metal roof on Engineering South.
Behind the Scenes: Electricity
The Power Distribution Center is a state-of-the-art facility to house new electrical switches that will connect the University electrical substations, providing the university with better power reliability. Constructing the facility is one phase of a multi-phased project to upgrade electrical distribution on campus and will replace the old substation at the southwest corner of Hall of Fame Avenue and Lincoln Street. The facility will be fully operational in 2020.
Greenhouse Learning Center
The grand opening for the Greenhouse Learning Center was held earlier in August. The facility encompasses six greenhouses, including an isolated entomology greenhouse, and head house, which includes a classroom, office space and plant-preparation area, as well as storage space for soil, equipment and more. The $6 million facility also houses cutting-edge irrigation systems, intense climate and humidity control and other technology standard in today’s horticulture industry.
McKnight Center for the Performing Arts
Construction will be completed this month on the $70 million McKnight Center for the Performing Arts. The 93,000-square-foot facility will open in October with the New York Philharmonic’s first performance in Oklahoma in 30 years. The facility stands prominently along the southwest corner of University Avenue and Hester Street, within walking distance of the Student Union, the Atherton Hotel and the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center. The McKnight Center includes a 1,100-seat concert hall as well as a 222-seat recital hall. It is a state-of-the-art world-class epicenter for the arts to attract celebrated national and international programs featuring notable performing arts productions and artists.
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