Facility Improvements Continue at OPSU —By Laura Nelson on 01/22/2013 Goodwell, Okla.—Oklahoma Panhandle State University constantly evaluates ways to make the campus and its buildings more user- friendly, efficient, safer and more appealing. Several facility projects have been completed, and while not all of them are noticeable, all of them benefit students, personnel, and even Goodwell citizens.
OPSU collaborates with the Town of Goodwell on many infrastructure items, including waste management. As part of their agreement, OPSU owns and maintains the sewer lagoon and the land application system. Recently, the existing lagoon capacity was doubled and two new sprinklers were obtained, doubling the land application area. The costly project was paid for with some grant funds obtained by the Town of Goodwell and OPSU took advantage of the master lease program, a method provided by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education that offers a way to fund improvements to real property.
Other important enhancements include the addition or improvement of essential sidewalks that link campus housing and classroom and administration buildings and crosswalks for pedestrians have been added and the existing ones were repainted. Hand rails have been added to the bleacher seating inside Oscar Williams Field House and the edges of the stairs have been painted to make them easier to negotiate. The football locker room, the weight room, and the training room have all been updated plus the laundry room has been relocated to a more convenient spot. New fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems have been added to Field Hall and the building also has a new roof. The Student Union Ballroom looks much brighter and up-to-date with new flooring, ceiling, and textured walls. A project, screen and audio visual equipment was added that makes the room useful for a variety of events.
OPSU personnel planted the evergreen trees located between the railroad tracks and Highway 54 near the entrance of campus. The school recently purchased that small parcel of land as well as another one on the other side of the railroad. To complete the past year's improvements, softball fans will notice that an announcer's stand has been added to the facility.
Several more projects are under consideration and OPSU will continue to make improvements that directly impact students, faculty and staff and the Town of Goodwell.