University of Oklahoma officials Wednesday got the green light to seek an architect for improvements to Bizzell Memorial Library.
The OU Board of Regents voted Wednesday to negotiate contracts with the four firms that appear on the university's short list for the development of a master plan for the library. The board took the vote at a meeting at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.
Officials will begin negotiations with the top bidder, Oklahoma City-based firm Rees Associates. Three other Oklahoma City firms — MA+ Architecture, ADG Inc. and LWPB Architecture — also appeared on the short list. A total of 18 firms submitted bids for the project.
OU President David Boren said the changes outlined in the master plan allow the library to make greater use of digital technology. The library was originally built in 1929 and saw major additions in 1958 and 1982.
Officials also approved the next round of improvements to Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The board authorized officials to spend about $1.1 million for furniture for the stadium's suites and lounge areas.