Campus Construction Update

Friday, February 26, 2010

The University of Tulsa is currently engaged in an ambitious series of construction initiatives that will both enhance the TU experience for students and the community alike. During this season of construction, members of our campus community and visitors may experience some disruption. Campus planners are working diligently to minimize the impact of construction as TU moves forward with these dynamic plans.

As a quick guide to current and planned campus construction, below is some general information about the projects, an overview of how construction will impact campus, and links to more information and photos of the projects.

Roxana Rozsa and Robert Eugene Lorton Performance Center

The Roxana Rozsa and Robert Eugene Lorton Performance Center, located on Gary Place on the east end of Harwell Field, will be TU's showcase facility for the musical and performance arts when completed in spring 2011.

Traffic Impact

  • Periodically throughout construction, Gary Place between 5th Place and 7th Street will need to be closed to accommodate construction needs.
  • Foot traffic along the sidewalk on the east side of Gary Place should remain open throughout.

Dining Center at Fisher Hall

An extensive remodeling of the Dining Center in Fisher Hall (formerly known as Twin Towers) will result in a greatly enhanced dining experience, including new patio seating along 8th Street. The cafeteria will remain open through the end of the spring semester, but it will close during the summer to complete the project by the time fall classes resume.

Traffic Impact

  • Twenty parking spaces along the east side of the Fisher Hall parking lot will be temporarily utilized for the construction zone. These spaces will be reopened when construction is completed.
  • During construction, 8th Street will remain open, however it will likely be congested with construction traffic. An alternate route bypassing this construction would include entering campus from the Tucker Drive entrance on 11th Street.
  • The southwest entrance to the Fisher Hall common area will be closed during construction.

West Suites at Fisher Hall

Renovation is progressing quickly for West Suites at Fisher Hall (formerly Twin West), an upgraded residential area with 111 suites designated for upperclassmen, law, and graduate students. West Suites will be completed for the fall 2010 semester.  

J. Newton Rayzor Hall & Samson Plaza

The future home to TU’s computer science and electrical engineering programs will be located in J. Newton Rayzor Hall, which will be constructed adjacent to Keplinger Hall starting in summer 2010. In conjunction with this project, Samson Plaza will be constructed as a 1.5-acre plaza connecting Keplinger Hall, J. Newton Rayzor Hall, and the planned Stephenson Hall, which will house the petroleum and mechanical engineering programs. Construction plans and schedule for Stephenson Hall are still being finalized.

Traffic Impact

  • Gary Avenue between 4th Place between 5th Place will be permanently closed starting in May 2010.
  • Once Gary Avenue is closed, the campus shuttles will be serving ACAC from the west side along Florence Avenue or on 5th Place along Sorority Row. Shuttles will service Keplinger from the east side along Gary Place.
  • Pedestrians exiting the east side of the Allen Chapman Activity Center and the west side of Keplinger Hall will be routed north and south around the construction area.
  • Two parking lots will close in May to accommodate construction: the gravel lot immediately south of Keplinger and the eastern most section of the ACAC parking lot.

Physical Plant – Wall Construction

Construction has begun on a wall that will surround the Physical Plant parking and storage area to provide a secure and aesthetically pleasing screen for equipment and other items stored in this area. The wall will be constructed from the Tennessee ledgestone to match other buildings throughout campus. The project is expected to be complete in summer 2010.

Traffic Impact

  • Sidewalks immediately adjacent to Physical Plant on the south and west will be closed during the duration of construction.
  • Construction traffic will be very heavy throughout construction, and 8th Street will need to be closed periodically. Vehicle traffic is encouraged to avoid the area by using either the Tucker Drive entrance along 11th Street or the 8th Street entrance along Harvard Avenue.

Helmerich Hall – South Entrance

Work is under way for a new south entrance to Helmerich Hall, the home of the Collins College of Business.


  • Both south entrances are currently closed to pedestrian traffic and will remain closed during the project’s duration.

John Rogers Hall - Renovation

A major renovation of John Rogers Hall is planned that will remove asbestos from the building as well as allow for future renovation. A construction date has not yet been set for this project.

Allen Chapman Activity Center – Subway Restaurant

Renovations are planned this summer for the space in the Allen Chapman Activity Center that formerly housed the Northwest Passage. The space is being renovated during the spring and summer to construct a full-sized Subway restaurant, expected to be open for the fall semester.   

David Hamby

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