OU Board of Regents Approves Housing Center

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:17 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Mar 24, 2011 12:0 PM CDT

Oklahoma Sports Staff

NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents approved the conceptual design for a $75 million Sooner Center Student Housing Thursday.

The facility will replace Bud Wilkinson Hall and will house 392 students, both athletes and non-athletes. It will be funded by the department of intercollegiate athletics, which has started a campaign to raise private funding.

The center will be 230,000 square feet and will sit on the corner of Jenkins and Lindsey across the street from Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. It also will have central dining, computer labs, study rooms and a Faculty-in-Residence unit.

“We are grateful to President David Boren and the OU Board of Regents for their leadership and support of a project that will benefit our students for generations to come,” OU Athletics Director Joe Castiglione said in a statement. “This impressive housing project will be consistent with the architecture of our beautiful campus and will provide a state-of-the-art housing facility for hundreds of students. In addition, it will present prospective student-athletes with a facility that will rival any of its peers nationally.”

Castiglione said the faculty could be ready for students to move in as soon as the fall of 2013.