NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma’s Research Campus is one of the most rapidly developing areas on the university’s Norman campus.
Over the next 20 years, said Kelvin Droegemeier, OU’s vice president for research, he hopes to see the area become an extension of the Norman and central Oklahoma communities.
The campus, a community of university researchers, government agencies and private industry partners, sits on a parcel of land just southeast of OU’s Lloyd Noble Center that, until a few years ago, was an empty field.
Today, the Research Campus is home to seven buildings devoted to research, with two more facilities planned. OU broke ground Oct. 30 on the next addition to the campus, the $15 million Radar Innovations Lab. OU officials expect the laboratory to open in December.
The new facility is at the center of the university’s efforts to expand its radar program into other applications beyond predicting the weather. OU officials say it will include a number of features, such as a high-bay garage designed to accommodate taller radar trucks that are fitted for storm chasing.
Another building project in the Research Campus is in the planning stages. Five Partners Place will be the fifth in a group of similarly named office buildings designed to house private companies that partner with the university in research projects.
In 20 years, Droegemeier said, he hopes to see the campus tied more closely together, although the buildings themselves are far apart.