Student Housing: OU student housing project expected to cost $45.5M

By James S. Tyree for The Norman Transcript

ARDMORE — The Sooner Center student housing project is expected to cost $45.5 million to build, according to a revised guaranteed maximum approved Wednesday by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

The dormitory, which will house OU student athletes and non-athletes, will be built near the corner of Lindsey Street and Jenkins Avenue.

The center will house about 380 students in two- and four-bed units. It also will have a faculty-in-residence unit, a central dining area, computer labs and other features.

An updated “cumulative” guaranteed maximum price is scheduled to be presented to the board in its September meeting.

The OU regents also approved renovation projects for Cate Center, the Max Westheimer Airport, a lecture hall in the Physical Sciences building that’s among the largest on the Norman campus and at the University Club inside the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Cate Center Building No. 1 at Lindsey Street and Asp Avenue is a former dormitory that will be converted into classrooms and conference rooms and faculty and staff offices for the economics department, Honors College and Advising Center. The project is budgeted at $4.4 million.

The airport’s south portion of the main apron and hangar area will be rebuilt and improved for $1.7 million, and construction for the Lecture Hall 201 in the Physical Sciences building is budgeted at nearly $4 million.

Plans to renovate the University Club are just beginning, starting with the hiring Wednesday of Merriman Associates/Architects from Dallas.


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