TU renovations to expand residential life experience

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The University of Tulsa has announced major changes to campus, including a new residence hall, renovations to the Allen Chapman Activity Center, additional dining options and relocation of the university's bookstore.

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The University of Tulsa has announced major changes to campus, including a new residence hall, renovations to the Allen Chapman Activity Center, additional dining options and relocation of the university's bookstore.

Construction is underway on a 70,000-square-foot dormitory that is expected to house 300 beds as well as 36,000 square feet of office space for the Holmes Student Center. Located in the middle of campus at 5th Place and Florence Avenue, the old student center was razed earlier this year in preparation for the new facility.

"Our strategic growth plan has sparked a significant increase in enrollment and transformed TU into a residential university," said Earl Johnson, vice president for enrollment and student services. "This new space will give more students the option to live on campus."

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A fountain plaza will connect the dormitory to TU's student union, known as the Allen Chapman Activity Center. ACAC renovations will feature the addition of eight new dining establishments including Panda Express, Pizza Hut, Einstein Bros. Bagels and Garden Toss. ACAC's entrances and lecture rooms will receive facelifts and outdoor patio space will be added. "We expect these renovations to transform the heart of campus and create a new hub of activity," Johnson said. TU's bookstore, currently located on the first floor of ACAC, will relocate to the southeast corner of 11th Street and Harvard Avenue. Built by a TU alumnus, the exterior of the current building already reflects the distinct TU architectural theme.

TU also will expand a main thoroughfare along 5th Place between Harvard and Florence Avenues with the addition of wider sidewalks, lighting and landscaping.

ACAC renovations and the bookstore's relocation are expected to be complete for the fall 2014 semester. The residence hall will open to students in August 2015.

Contact:
Mona Chamberlin
918-631-2656
mona-chamberlin@utulsa.edu