Construction Progressing At TU

Friday, February 16th 2007, 9:52 am
By: News On 6

The landscape of Midtown is changing. Planners of the multi-million dollar face-lift underway at the University of Tulsa say it will help attract some of the top students and faculty in the country. The News on 6’s Heather Lewin reports on the $60 million campus upgrade.

School officials are thrilled with the progress on campus, and say it's just one more way to help put TU on the map.

"We're looking to attract the nation's top students to come here to Tulsa and study," said University Relations Director David Hamby.

For months, passersby have noticed a buzz of activity at the University of Tulsa. Many wonder what's going to replace the businesses that were torn down, and when it will all be done. Officials say crews are just a few months away from finishing the current phase of improvements, including a new athletic complex that will house the TU football program, and the new Collins Hall where students can go to connect with all the services they need in one convenient location.

"We'll also have an alumni center component that will allow alumni to come back and visit and see items from TU's rich history," Hamby said.

One of the biggest changes you'll see on campus was actually a request from the students, more housing. Crews are putting in about 400 new apartments and town houses.

"Through all of these construction projects we're hoping to further enhance our reputation as a top 100 university,” said Hamby. “All of these projects will be able to assist our students and create a more vibrant, residential campus experience for our students."

Hamby says the improvements will also bring a boost to Tulsa.

"I think it has a significant impact, not only financially because of the dollars that are being spent for construction, but it will also enhances the cultural activities in Tulsa and bring national exposure to Tulsa that is fairly unique to a higher education environment," he said.

Officials say the current projects should be done by 2008, and the finishing touches on the entire plan will be completed within two years.