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October 16, 2012

Construction projects rolling along at Oklahoma State University

STILLWATER, Okla. — Five major construction projects to the tune of $41.5 million are under way at Oklahoma State University.

Construction of a $19 million indoor practice facility on Hall of Fame Avenue is 69 percent complete, said John Houck, senior project engineer.

Houck said construction of the building will be completed this spring. Synthetic playing surfaces will be installed inside and outside the building in May.

The 84-foot building has 93,771 square feet and covers 2.15 acres, Houck said.

Houck said the facility will be a multipurpose workout venue for all OSU athletic programs.

The building will not have air conditioning or heating units, but will feature six large doors on each side of the building. The two center doors are 120 feet wide and 46 feet tall.

Construction continues on a $7.5 million tennis complex just north of the indoor practice facility.

The 52-week project began six weeks ago and is expected to be completed in October 2013. Lippert Brothers received the construction contract for the tennis complex.

Houck said most of the grading has been completed and work continues on the underground utilities. Seventy concrete piers on which the building will be erected will soon be drilled into the ground.

“It will be into December before you see much above-ground activity,” he said.

The complex will include six indoor courts with stands and locker rooms.

Houck said the master plan calls for 12 outdoor courts but they are not funded, yet.

OSU Director of Long Range Facilities Planning Mike Buchert said the $4 million Monroe Street project between University and Hall of Fame avenues that began in April is on schedule and should be finished by year’s end.

Construction includes new water lines, sanitary sewers and storm sewers.

The roads between University Avenue and Whitehurst Hall and Farm Road and Hall of Fame Avenue are being rebuilt. They will have curbs and gutters.

Sidewalks measuring 16 feet in width will be built on each side of the road.

A 44-foot wide plaza of brick paving stones will be constructed between the parking lot at Whitehurst Hall and Farm Road. The plaza will be closed to traffic during the day and open at night.

Buchert said the Monroe Street road surface and utilities under the road were wearing out and needed to be replaced.

Sidewalks, he said, needed to be widened to 16 feet because of a large amount of pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Buchert said the width of the road will be reduced from 14 feet to 11 feet.

“It’s called traffic calming,” said Buchert. “People feel uncomfortable driving more than 25 mph on roads that are narrow.”

Construction continues on a four-story parking garage north of Murray Hall on the southwest side of campus. Buchert said construction will be completed by the end of spring break.

The new parking garage will have a capacity of 600 cars. The first floor will be reserved for faculty and staff. The top three floors will be for residential hall vehicles.

Buchert said there will be approximately 17,600 parking spaces on campus once the garage is completed.

Renovation work has begun on a $4 million postal plaza art gallery on the corner of West Eighth Avenue and Husband Street.

Buchert said the inside of the old Stillwater post office has been gutted. Crews will soon begin installing heating, cooling and humidity control units.

Insulated windows will be installed inside of existing windows. The building also will get a new roof and a fire suppression system.

The 14,000 square foot facility will feature movable walls.

“You’ll be able to enlarge or reduce the size of the rooms, or make a room of different configurations,” he said.

The art gallery will be located only on the first floor. The basement and second floor will remain vacant.

Buchert said the renovation project will be completed by the end of the summer.

Buchert said the indoor practice facility and tennis complex are privately funded, but the university is paying for the Monroe Street, parking garage and art gallery projects.

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