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**For Immediate Release**
New Building Will Combine Education and Service
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 03-17-2006
by Laura Dahl

Goodwell, Okla. - Officials at Oklahoma Panhandle State University have been meeting with architects from McFarland Davies of Tulsa to plan and design the Science and Agriculture building. The new construction is made possible by the $6.53 million allotted to OPSU as part of the $500 million capital bond issue passed by the 2005 Oklahoma legislature for infrastructure improvements at all public college and university campuses in the state.

McFarland Davies is currently preparing two plan options for OPSU to consider which will incorporate cost effectiveness and needs. One cost saving feature includes utilizing existing steam and chilled water lines to heat and cool the building. Using the extra capacity in those lines will enhance the energy efficiency of the new facility. Soil tests for the site will be conducted next month, and construction documents will be finished in August so a general contractor may be chosen through the bidding process. Groundbreaking will take place in late fall of this year, and the building will be in use by the 2008 fall semester.

The new structure will be located in the center of campus, northwest of the Firestone Meats Lab and south of Holter and Hamilton Halls. Agriculture and Science will share the facility, providing an excellent opportunity to share resources between these two areas of study.

In addition to classrooms and teaching and research laboratories, the building will incorporate a water quality testing lab that will benefit local municipalities and the agricultural sector. A chemistry/feed analysis lab will provide area beef and pork producers with assistance in analyzing feedstuffs. Richard Smith, a lab design specialist employed by Loebl Schlossman & Hackl of Chicago, will work closely with OPSU faculty and the builder to ensure all of the labs meet design and quality standards.

Equipping the laboratories with specialized equipment is a top priority and one which the bond issue funds will not fully cover. The Noble Foundation has approved a $500,000 challenge grant, which means the organization will match the funds OPSU is able to raise up to that amount. With the opportunity to fund $1 million in specialized equipment, OPSU will soon launch a fundraising campaign to meet the challenge. Anyone interested in more information may contact President Dave Bryant at 580-349-1302.

According to Bryant, “We are in the process of matching budget with needs. While we can’t fund everything we would like to have, the generosity of the Noble Foundation will help augment the research and education that will take place in our new laboratories. The completion of the building coincides with our 2009 Centennial celebration, and we intend to commemorate the past while saluting the future of OPSU.”

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