NOC invests in new student housing

Ponca City Now - January 29, 2014 10:04 am

Northern Oklahoma College is developing plans for a new student housing project.

The current housing available to students was constructed in the 1960s and is outdated.

The facilities are expected to be ready for students to move in Fall 2015 semester.

In November NOC regents approved the process of architect selection and the solicitation process for a feasible study, and site selection.

Northern submitted a $10 million project proposal to the Oklahoma State Regents Real Property Master Lease Program.

The master lease funding was approved by the Bond Council in December.

Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates P.C. is the architectural firm that will design new construction up to $5 million on each campus.

A Housing Task Force committee was formed and is chaired by Jason Johnson, NOC vice president for student affairs.

Members of the NOC Board of Regents and NOC adminstration toured new student residential housing in the sate to assess various design models.

The design process is underway, and architects will engage students and employees for the best plan for the dorms.

A study by Cyntergy said the best location on Enid’s campus is in front of the Earl Butts Residence Halls.

It allows for a unique way to re-engergize the existing housing and is the most practical spot.

In Tonkawa the location recommended is on the east side of Pine Street, just south of the A.D. Buck History Museum and Welcome Center.

Cyntergy said this site has strong ties to the rest of the campus and provides easy access to the current dining facilities, as well as academic and athletic buildings.

Northern’s year-long strategic planning process found housing as the no. 1 priority last year.

During town hall meetings stakeholders emphasized the need for new housing on both campuses.

They want to enhance the quality of life for studnts and upgrade facilities for quality, and efficeincy to enhance the student experience.

 

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