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The center of campus will be the site of OPSU's new Science and Agricultural Building. Adjacent to the Noble Activity and Cultural Center and just north of the Firestone Meats Lab, the building will be ready for use by August of 2008.  -Campus Communications Photo

**For Immediate Release**
Plans Underway for New Building
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 10-07-05
by Laura Dahl

The 2005 Oklahoma Legislative Session ushered in a new era for public Oklahoma colleges and universities. The passage of a capital bond issue to fund urgently needed improvements statewide in our educational centers will positively impact students as well as giving Oklahoma’s economy a boost.

Oklahoma Panhandle State University will build a $6.53 million Science and Agriculture center that will contain classrooms, labs, offices and storage areas. OPSU, in conjunction with Oklahoma State University’s Arlene Lanman, Director of Architectural Services, held a Project Seminar on Friday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Noble Center.

Prior to Friday’s Project Seminar, the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges required solicitation of all qualified architectural firms certified with the Department of Central Services. Firms interested in the project were represented at the meeting, and Lanman explained the architect selection process.

Those firms that choose to pursue the project must submit a letter of interest and professional documentation to her by 5:00 p.m. on October 24. A committee will rank the companies based on their experience and expertise in this type of construction, and five will be invited to review their past experience, quality of engineering and design. From those five, three firms will be chosen and their proposals will be submitted to the Board of Regents, who will select the architect. Once an architect is chosen by the Board, an offer is negotiated and a contract is signed. Even though it seems a lengthy time line, an architect should be chosen shortly after the first of the year. The new building will be ready for occupancy by August of 2008.

Following Lanman’s presentation, OPSU’s Vice President of Fiscal Affairs, Larry Peters, distributed additional information including a campus map with the building site marked and specifications regarding classroom, office, lab and storage area sizes.

Housing the School of Agriculture and the School of Science, Mathematics, and Nursing in one building provides an excellent opportunity to consolidate and share resources between these areas of science, increasing efficiency due to shared lab facilities and classrooms.

While OPSU students receive a quality education, the need for an up-to-date classroom and laboratory building would ease overcrowding and provide equipment that would more adequately accommodate education.

In addition to providing educational opportunities for students, plans for the new building include a water quality testing laboratory that will benefit local municipalities and the agricultural sector as well as an animal nutrition lab.

With 140 projects planned in 36 communities, construction will provide a huge economic boost for Oklahoma. This investment in higher education also means an investment in the future of our state’s most valuable resource - people.

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