Campus improvements underway
Friday, February 29, 2008
The campus of Oklahoma Christian continues to be revitalized and transformed by a number of exciting new capital improvements. Below is a summary of some of the current and future campus improvements that are being planned and implemented at this time.
The field preparation, irrigation, fencing, backstop netting and scoreboard installation are the completed aspects of Phase I of the Dobson Field project. All these were ready for the opening day game on February 8th. The dugouts have been formed and the preliminary electrical/plumbing work has been installed in the foundations. Work continues on completion of the interior and exterior of both dugouts. The exterior will have an OC standard red brick masonry skin. A central section of chair-back seating has been ordered and will be placed behind the backstop netting. Phase I will be primarily complete once these aspects are finished. Fundraising continues for Phases II & III of this project. The official dedication of Max and Ramona Dobson Field will be on March 29th as currently scheduled.
Sufficient funds have been raised in conjunction with the science facilities initiative to move forward with a Vose Hall renovation project budget of approximately $1,000,000. Construction plans are being finalized and the general contractor is obtaining construction cost bids. Plans are also being completed to finish the renovations to the final existing labs at the west end of HSH this summer. Once the final pricing has been obtained and approved by the Board of Trustees, current plans are to initiate the renovation of Vose Hall immediately following the end of the spring 2008 semester.
The dirt work, irrigation, fencing and sod installation of grass have been completed on the two new student intramural fields. These fields are located in the northeast quadrant of campus. Work on the coverings for the dugouts is yet to be finalized. Work on the lighting of these two new fields is beginning and will take several weeks to complete. Plans are being prepared for a central restroom, concession, storage and observation building. Construction will commence when the plans have been finalized. To date, in excess of $425,000 has been raised from alumni donors for the intramural fields' project.
The LC pavilion is complete and already being used by the campus community; as are the areas to the north and immediately west of the pavilion outside the tower construction zone. The Freede Centennial Tower work continues and the masonry is nearing completion. The glass around the clock faces has been installed on one side with the other three to follow soon. Once the masonry is complete and scaffolding removed, the tower flooring, surrounding plaza and sidewalk work will be completed. Large Princeton American Elm trees have been installed on the east and west sides of Lawson Commons. The central plaza around the tower base will include circular sidewalks, gardens and Oklahoma Redbud trees. The formal dedication of Lawson Commons including the Jack and Wanda McGraw Pavilion and the Freede Centennial Tower will be on March 28, 2008. Further details about the plans for this day will be forthcoming.
Herold Science Hall
The Board of Trustees has approved the overall $5,800,000 science facilities initiative plan that is taking place in three phases as the fundraising is being achieved for the entire plan. The first phase was completed with the $1,000,000 renovation of the 7000 square feet of the first floor laboratories in 2006. Additional funding is in place to pursue the second phase; a similar $1,000,000 renovation of the chemistry laboratories on the second floor of Vose Hall as represented above. The third phase is an approximate 13,000 square foot two story expansion of the science facilities to the north of HSH. Once pricing and plans have been finalized for the Vose Hall renovation, additional work will begin with the natural sciences, math, computer science and engineering faculty on more fully assessing and developing the needs and plans for the laboratory and classroom space to be included in the expansion and second floor renovation of HSH.
Further design and interior demolition plans have been developed and an interior demolition contractor has been selected with an approved interior demolition budget. Discussions continue about the final potential uses for a fully renovated Enterprise Square. Enterprise Square plans focus on maximizing the best academic and university uses for the facility while keeping it tied to its original purpose of teaching economics, liberty and free enterprise. More fully developed design and construction plans will be created for review and cost estimating purposes in the coming months. The interior demolition is scheduled to begin around April 1, 2008.
Ideas continue to be discussed about how to address and fund such capacity and facility issues as Hardeman (chapel constraints), additional classrooms, offices, more coordinated and consolidated student/parent services, indoor and outdoor student intramural space, health and wellness, community walking track, renovation of older residence halls/apartments. Plans are being developed for the memorial garden area honoring Dr. Tony Alley, just north of the Art and Design department. We are working on plans to improve campus signage including directional, informational, traffic signage, etc