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Construction at OU continues on campus

BY JAMES S. TYREE Modified: January 6, 2010 at 4:32 am •  Published: January 6, 2010
NORMAN — Five construction or major renovation projects at the University of Oklahoma are expected to be completed this year, not including two engineering buildings that were finished in 2009.

Devon Energy Hall and the ExxonMobil Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility at Boyd Street and Jenkins Avenue "are now substantially complete,” said Mike Moorman, director of OU Architectural and Engineering Services. The structures’ cost is $42.2 million.

Many areas already are furnished and equipped, and some programs are in the midst of moving in. The five-story Devon Energy Hall has more than 103,000 square feet and will house the School of Computer Science and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The two-story engineering practice facility will house tutoring and computer services and provide space for engineering projects.

Two other projects are receiving finishing touches and should be in use later this semester. The Jim Thorpe Multicultural Center is expected to move later this month from its current location at 700 Elm Ave. into the former College of Continuing Education Commons building at 1620 Asp Ave.

The renovation’s costis $4.4 million.

Much of the $3 million expansion and renovation of the Viersen Gymnastics Center is expected to be done this month, as well. Equipment is being moved in, Moorman said, and gymnasts and coaches will use the gym and some areas this semester.

Three additional projects are scheduled for completion this summer: the $75 million construction of the Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center, the $9.