STILLWATER, Okla. —
Oklahoma State University supporters are putting their money where their hearts are. The university’s Branding Success fundraising campaign is up to $940 million. More than 81,000 donors have contributed as the university nears its goal of $1 billion. The funds are going to student scholarships, endowed professorships and facility improvements.
The fundraising campaign began on Feb. 26, 2010 with the goal of reaching the $1 billion mark in five years. Less than four years into the campaign, the university appears to be on the brink of surpassing that lofty goal.
“We hope to hit the $1 billion target by late spring/early summer, but we will keep raising much-needed funds until the campaign ends at the close of 2014,” said Gary Shutt, director of communications at OSU. “We have been pleased with the broad support for the campaign.”
Construction boom on campus
The completion of several construction projects will be a focus at Oklahoma State in the coming year.
Mike Buchert, the director of long-range facilities planning at Oklahoma State, said OSU is in a building boom. He said history shows that every 20 years or so, institutions go through periods of expansive building. Oklahoma State is in such a boom now.
Five construction projects totaling $41.5 million are under way, including a $19 million indoor practice facility on Hall of Fame Avenue. Construction of the building is expected to be completed this spring, said John Houck, senior project engineer. He said that synthetic surfaces will be installed inside and outside of the building in May. The 84-foot building has more than 93,000 square feet and covers 2.15 acres. The multipurpose training facility will be used by all of OSU’s athletic programs.
Just north of the training center, construction continues on a $7.5 million tennis complex that will include six indoor courts with spectator stands and locker rooms. The target completion date for the tennis complex is October.
The $4 million Monroe Street project between University and Hall of Fame avenues is nearly completed. The project includes new water lines, sanitary sewers, storm sewers and wider sidewalks to account for the large amount of pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
Work continues on a four-story parking garage north of Murray Hall on the southwest side of campus. The 600-car capacity garage project is expected to be completed by the end of spring break.
Renovation work continues inside the old Stillwater post office at West Eighth Avenue and Husband Street. The $4 million project, which is expected to be completed by the end of the summer, will turn the 14,000-square foot building into an OSU art gallery.
A new four-story student residential hall is planned to replace the aging Kerr-Drummond Hall. The new hall will feature accommodations for approximately 900 students. The new residential hall will be located in the northwest part of campus at the present site of the Kaye Barrett Droke Track and Field Center on Hall of Fame Avenue.
A new track facility will be constructed at the Athletic Village, north of the indoor training facility and east of the new tennis complex.
Renovation and repurposing of the Edmon Low Library also is on the agenda. In November, the OSU/AM Board of Regents began a selection process for a consultant to assist in the preparation of a plan to take the library from a storehouse of materials to a space for computerized research, individual and group study and interactive instruction. The $1.6 million project includes the construction of the Math Learning Success Center at the library.