$2,000,000 of Work in Progress at Oklahoma State University's Stillwater Campus
Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing is currently performing $2 million worth of renovation and new construction work on the Oklahoma State University (OSU) campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The projects are varied in size and scope but all are working together to transform the campus.
BOONE PICKENS STADIUM
The largest of the current projects in progress is the Boone Pickens Stadium renovation. Formerly Lewis Field and home of OSU football, is a far cry from what the school's student body expected when they named the athletic field after Laymon Lowery Lewis in 1914.
The project is providing a state-of-the-art facelift for the historic college stadium that includes seating capacity for 60,000, a new press box and game day management offices, a new mezzanine level, suites, and a club level with a restaurant and lounge area. Player locker rooms and training facilities are also being overhauled and updated. Exterior cosmetic changes include sandblasting and patching parts of the existing stadium on the north and south bleachers.
On the $1.5 million portion of the waterproofing project Chamberlin is applying below-grade bentonite waterproofing, sheet waterproofing, joint sealants, water repellents and traffic coating. Seating and concessions are promised to be open by the first home game this August.
INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE BUILDING
The $70 million Interdisciplinary Science Building is the largest project of the Oklahoma Higher Education Capital Bond Program. The building is one of many facilities being constructed or renovated as part of the OSU Master Plan 2025, which calls for $826 million in projects over the next five to seven years.
“These construction projects highlight an exciting time in the University’s history,” said Marlene Strathe, interim OSU System CEO and President. “New facilities and improvements to current buildings will transform OSU, making it more competitive in academics, campus life and athletics.”
The new high-tech 124,000 sq. ft. facility will provide laboratory spaces for a range of disciplines and will contain custom-designed facilities for research in biodiversity, biophysics, photonics, synthetic chemistry and advanced materials. Chamberlin is providing fluid-applied waterproofing applications and joint sealants. The building is expected to be completed by the fall of 2010.
“The project will serve as a cornerstone for innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship as OSU grows its research programs and educates students in cutting-edge disciplines for the future of the state and the nation,” said Steve McKeever, OSU Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer.
MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION FACILITY
North of the stadium and science building, construction of the Multimodal Transportation Facility is ongoing. The $23 million facility is scheduled to be complete this August. The new facility will include a five-level, 1,000-space parking garage and a new home for the OSU Transit System, including spaces for BOB (Big Orange Bus) Shuttles connecting the OSU-Stillwater and Tulsa campuses and THE BUS Community Transit System in Stillwater.
“The OSU Multimodal Transportation Terminal will give people the perfect destination point to park their cars or bikes and then get on a bus and ride to different locations throughout campus, the Stillwater community and even commute to Tulsa,” said Hugh Kierig, Director of OSU Parking and Transit Services.
Strathe said, “The transit system OSU has established throughout this community and parts of the state is making education more accessible to thousands. But it also provides a convenient way for our faculty and other OSU employees to get to and from work. This new facility will not only create a central location for the transit system to be housed but will also provide some much-needed parking.”
Chamberlin is providing $250,000 worth of fluid-applied waterproofing, dampproofing, joint sealants, sandblasting, traffic coating, expansion joints and water repellents to the transportation facility under the direction of construction manager, Lippert Brothers Inc. of Oklahoma City.
Murray Hall was constructed in 1934 and named after Oklahoma Governor William Murray, known as “Alfalfa Bill.” It was used as a dormitory until the 1980s when it was closed due to a decreasing on-campus student population. Today’s OSU students primarily know Murray Hall for the Math Learning Research Center that was housed in the basement until the renovation began.
Scheduled for completion in June 2009, the renovated Murray Hall will become the first permanent home to six of the 24 departments of the College of Arts and Sciences. They include Communication Sciences and Disorders, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science and Sociology.
Under the direction of CMS Willowbrook general contractors, Chamberlin is providing $100,000 worth of bentonite waterproofing, sheet waterproofing, joint sealants and water repellents. Other exterior improvements include replacing all windows and doors as well as upgrading and replacing the guttering, downspouts, and roof. Interior renovations include restoring the main parlor, upgrading the elevators to accommodate accessible equipment, and upgrading all mechanical systems.
OKLAHOMA ANIMAL DISEASE DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY
Chamberlin is providing further waterproofing services on the new Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (OADDL). The addition to the OADDL marks a new era for the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. The $12.5 million dollar project will include a new alkaline tissue digester and Biosafety Level 3 laboratory space to handle serious infectious agents if the situation warrants. The expanded facility will also make it possible for the OADDL to remain a member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network system. Maintaining membership in the system allows the OADDL to handle certain laboratory tests for Oklahomans that would otherwise be required to be sent out of state.
“OADDL is the only veterinary diagnostic laboratory in Oklahoma,” explained Dr. Michael Lorenz, dean of the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. “This expansion and renovation are critical to the mission of OADDL to provide state of the art diagnostic service to veterinarians and animal owners in Oklahoma and surrounding states.”
The OADDL is one of three facilities that comprise the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences—the OADDL, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. One of 28 veterinary colleges in the United States, the Veterinary Center is fully accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association.