GOODWELL — The Oklahoma State University Board of Regents gave approval Friday to begin the selection process for construction manager who will help design and build a new civil engineering building on the Stillwater campus.
Board documents show the old building is “inefficient and inconveniently located for deliveries” and that the engineering department has wanted to replace it for quite some time.
Planning for the new engineering building, which will be located in the northwest part of the campus, began in March 2003.
The new building would resolve the engineering department's issues with its old building and provide state-of-the-art facilities for scholarly research in the field.
Funding for the project will come from private donations, in-kind contributions and other “legally available funds,” documents show.
Regents also officially got the ball rolling on a second building to serve OSU's Tulsa campuses.
The board approved the hiring of architect to assist OSU officials in designing and building a new academic building to serve OSU-Tulsa and the OSU Center for Health Sciences, both located in Tulsa.
Proposed because both institutions need an additional building, the new facility will house classrooms, student services amenities and offices for faculty and staff.
It will be located on the OSU-Tulsa campus.
The Center for Health Sciences is expecting to increase enrollment sharply over the next five years, documents show, so additional classrooms will be needed to accommodate the growing number of students.
Medical students will use the facility during the day, while students from the other campus will use it at night.
Both campuses will contribute funding for the new building's design phase, although how exactly the rest will be paid for has yet to be decided, board documents show.
Board documents don't give cost estimates — for either building — or say how large the new facilities will be. It's also not clear when the projects will be finished at this early stage of development.