NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma campus is filled once again with students and faculty, but not inside Dale Hall Tower.
The nine-story tower is not in use because bricks and windows are being replaced along the west side, along with some structual work. The project started in June and is expected to last until next summer.
“That’s the side that needed it, the western side, because of exposure to the elements,” said Mike Moorman, director of OU Architectural and Engineering Services.
Roger Klein, construction administrator for Architectural and Engineering Services, said the project has a total budget of $3.4 million, including $2.6 million for construction.
Dale Hall Tower opened in 1967. It houses department and faculty offices for the anthropology, history, philosophy, political science and psychology departments.
Faculty and staff from those departments have relocated either to the OCCE office annex, near the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club, or to open space in Cate Center, off Lindsey Street, until the project is completed. They are scheduled to move back during summer 2012.
The project was planned and started prior to the severe wind and hail storm on June 14, but after the 5.1-magnitude earthquake that shook the Norman area last October.
Klein said experts set up instruments at a number of buildings, including Dale Hall Tower, to check for structural damage caused by the earthquake. None was found.
Among other construction projects,
· Utility Plant No. 4 is scheduled to be completed this fall. The new, large building next to the Huston Huffman Center, near Lindsey Street and Jenkins Avenue, will serve the growing south campus.
· Stair towers for the new Sooner Center athletic dorms can be seen on the southeast corner of Lindsey and Jenkins, but it will take a while before residential units take shape. The dorms are scheduled to be completed by June 2013.
· The volleyball team is back inside McCasland Field House, as Phase 3 of its renovation will involve rebuilding the lobby and replacing windows. The south entrance is cut off due to the work, but other doors will be open.
· Construction on the 4 Partners Place building on the south research campus, which will house office buildings and a data center, continues, with completion scheduled for next summer.
· Room 201 of the Physical Sciences Center, one of the largest lecture halls on the Norman campus, is out of service this year due to renovation.
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