**For Immediate Release**
Excavating for Efficiency
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 06-28-07
by Laura Hays
Goodwell, Okla. — The new Science and Ag Building construction on the Oklahoma Panhandle State University is progressing on schedule. The slab foundation for the ground level floor has been poured and work continues on the tunnel that will house utility lines. The 3’ deep, 4’ wide, and approximately 312’ long underground structure runs from the north side of the new construction to the front of Holter Hall. Chilled water lines and supply and return air ducts will tie into existing lines, and steam, condensate return and data transmission lines will also utilize the space. This represents a cost saving feature because using the extra capacity in the existing lines will enhance the energy efficiency of the new facility. After all of the lines are in place, the tunnel will be covered with concrete, but will feature removable sections that allow for maintenance.
The structural steel for the building is scheduled to begin going up following the Fourth of July holiday, and the two-story, over 32,000 square-foot building will be ready for students in the 2008 fall semester. 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.