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Laura Dahl, Director
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Construction on the new Science and Agriculture Building on the OPSU campus will begin soon. McFarland Davies, an architectural firm in Tulsa, submitted this artist’s rendition of the front of the building after it is completed. -Courtesy Photo

**For Immediate Release**
Building Plans on Track
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 08-01-06
By Laura Dahl

Goodwell, Okla. — The building schedule for the new Science and Agriculture facility on the campus of Oklahoma Panhandle State University is right on time according to President Dave Bryant. “We plan to announce the general contractor in early August and arrange a date to celebrate groundbreaking this fall,” he said.

The first new academic building on campus in 37 years, it will incorporate classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices. Two specialized labs will combine student learning and community service. A water quality testing facility will benefit local municipalities, school districts, the agricultural sector and other entities that require water testing on a regular basis. Currently, local city officials responsible for municipal water testing must ship the samples to the Department of Environmental Quality in Oklahoma City. The sample must be less than 30 hours old from the time it is drawn to the time it is set up for testing in a lab hundreds of miles away. A lab on the OPSU campus will help local Oklahoma cities and towns save money on freight and time.

The animal nutrition lab will provide a service to the agricultural sector. Feed analysis allows producers to determine percentages of protein, fat, and other ingredients in their rations and adjust additives accordingly. Because Texas County produces more beef and pork than any other county in Oklahoma, this lab will provide a convenient, essential service to area producers.

Both of these labs will also enhance education. Students will acquire meaningful, first hand knowledge of testing procedures and outcomes, the traits of samples submitted, and will also experience working in a scientific atmosphere with clientele from the community.

OPSU has secured a $500,000 Challenge Grant from the Noble Foundation, and the organization will match the funds OPSU obtains up to that amount. Monies raised will help defray the costs of the specialized equipment needed for all of the laboratories and also gives contributors the opportunity to name certain areas and classrooms in the new building. Bryant said, “The generosity of the Noble Foundation will allow us to enhance education as well as offer community services currently not available locally. I’m pleased they have chosen to work with OPSU for these important initiatives.” If you would like more information, please call President Bryant at 580-349-1302 or email him at dbryant@opsu.edu.

Watch for more information about the groundbreaking for the new building and help us celebrate the future of OPSU!


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