LAWTON — A $75 million housing center under construction at Lindsey Street and Jenkins Avenue in Norman will be named Headington Hall in honor of an alumnus who made a sizable donation to the project.
The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents approved the naming of the housing center during its meeting held this week on the Cameron University campus in Lawton.
Tim Headington, who played tennis at OU and graduated in 1972, donated $10 million to the project and attended a groundbreaking ceremony in Norman last month. The rest of the project will be funded by additional private gifts and bonds.
Once completed, the 230,000-square-foot housing center will reach five stories, with the capacity to house nearly 400 students and student-athletes. It'll include state-of-the-art dining facilities, seminar rooms, computer labs and retail space on the ground floor.
Headington Hall is expected to open before the fall 2013 semester, according to OU.
During the regents' latest meeting, Boren said the College of Medicine has notched $4.1 million through the first seven months of its Second Century Campaign, a five-year program launched in March on the eve of the medical school's 100th year.
Thus far, the campaign has raised $902,000 in gifts and pledges and $3.2 million more in gift commitments.
OU regents also approved upgrades to L. Dale Mitchell Park, where the men's baseball team plays its home games.
The upgrades will include two new rows of seats behind home plate and a netting backstop. The changes are part of $7 million in upgrades planned for the ballpark, including updated locker rooms and more seating for fans.