PROJECTS: UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

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In 2016, The University of Oklahoma was on the verge of reinventing the on-campus housing experience.
  • Location Norman, Oklahoma
  • Residence Hall 1247 Beds
  • Operating Structure Third Party
  • Finance Structure Tax Exempt Bonds
  • Value $175M
  • Year Completed Fall 2018

In 2016, The University of Oklahoma was on the verge of reinventing the on-campus housing experience. Students had been housed in aging tower facilities that were creating a negative perception about living on campus. Appreciating the positive student outcomes of  campus living, OU desired to increase on-campus housing capacity and extend the concepts of residential colleges through academic integration, faculty leadership, and dedicated dining to appeal to a broader number of  students.

Balfour Beatty worked with The University of Oklahoma to deliver a unique mixed-use housing community. The University desired a sizeable up-front ground rent payment to fund other strategic projects and opted for a tax-exempt financing solution. The vibrant community consists of four buildings totaling 1,246 beds and a parking garage. Care was taken to appoint code-required tornado shelters so that they could be used throughout the day and night as vibrant community spaces for residents and other members of the campus community. These functions include  a black box theatre, a creator lab, a curricular fitness space, music practice rooms, and yoga studio.

Innovative dining concepts include a fast-casual sit-down restaurant with outdoor seating, a roast on-site coffee shop, a late-night brick oven venue, a gluten free venue, and a market featuring food and products sourced within a 250 mile radius of the campus.