Northwestern to celebrate renovation of campus buildings

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Northwestern to celebrate renovation of campus buildings

April 16, 2009

While students, faculty and staff have been enjoying the renovated surroundings of two newly-renovated campus classroom buildings at Northwestern Oklahoma State University for a few weeks, the public is invited to get its first-hand look at the new and improved Science and Health and Sports Science Education buildings on April 24.

Northwestern plans to celebrate the renovations during an outdoor public ceremony at 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 24, in the area between the Science Building and the J.W. Martin Library. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside the Martin Library.

Guided tours of the new buildings will be available between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Renovation of both facilities was made possible by a 2005 higher education capital bond issue authorized by the Oklahoma Legislature and Gov. Brad Henry.

“We are thrilled with the results of the renovation projects and are anxious to have the public see the transformation that has taken place in both facilities,” Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, said. “The ceremony also provides us with an opportunity to say thank you to the people of Oklahoma and to our elected officials for providing the support for these projects.”

Original construction of the Science Building began in 1962 with classes beginning in the facility in the fall of 1963. The $3.3 million renovation focused on the redistribution of classroom space and offices and includes six new modern teaching laboratories along with a new roof, windows, doors and mechanical and electrical upgrades.

The Health and Sports Science Education Building was constructed in 1968 and opened in January of 1969. Renovation of the facility cost $1.3 million and is highlighted by the reclamation of space once occupied by an indoor swimming pool. Other improvements include new office and classroom space, a commons area for students, locker rooms for the women’s softball and soccer teams, renovation of an existing training room and the addition of a seminar room.

Henson Construction of Enid served as the general contractor for the projects and Easley Associates of Enid served as architect.