Campus Master Plan
The Master Plan contained within this document was approved by the Oklahoma City University Board of Trustees on October 31, 2007.
Founded in 1904, Oklahoma City University is a private urban university comprising a picturesque ninety-two-acre
main campus located within the Midtown District of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Situated approximately three
miles west of the downtown metropolitan area and the Oklahoma State Capitol, the campus is bound roughly by
N.W. Twenty-third and N.W. Twenty-eighth Streets, N. McKinley Avenue, and N. Virginia Avenue. Oklahoma City
University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is proud of its faith-based roots and academic heritage
espousing the development of the intellectual, moral, and spiritual character.
Today, the university has grown to almost 3,900 students, of whom 3,300 attend classes on the Oklahoma City
campus, plus 550 full-time faculty and staff on a campus comprising 1.2 million gross square feet of supporting
facility space. Oklahoma City University is a residential campus and offers more than sixty undergraduate majors
and eleven graduate degrees in professional and liberal arts disciplines.
Oklahoma City University embraces the United Methodist tradition of scholarship and service and welcomes all
faiths in a culturally rich community that is dedicated to student welfare and success. Men and women pursue
academic excellence through a rigorous curriculum that focuses on students’ intellectual, moral, and spiritual
development to prepare them to become effective leaders in service to their communities.
The life of Oklahoma City University is guided by the following concepts:
The total university environment educates, and should seek to do so.
Personal involvement is essential to learning.
A religious dimension in human experience is inescapable, and students should be encouraged to be conscious
of the value of humane and ethical behavior.
A broad base of knowledge provides a basis for integrative thinking and creative solutions to complex issues.
The university is committed to the following purposes:
To seek, advance, and transmit truth as its primary responsibility.
To cultivate ethical and aesthetic sensitivity, enhance value judgment, stress the moral use of knowledge and
skills, and nurture the unity of competence and conscience.
To stress the importance of the spiritual as well as the intellectual and physical development of the student.
To provide leadership for an enhancement of the cultural experience in Oklahoma City and beyond.
To become a center of excellence in global studies and to provide leadership in education programming in the
To encourage members of the Oklahoma City University community to avail themselves of the continuing
resources in the Judeo-Christian traditions and religious life.
Oklahoma City University is committed to the fulfillment of these purposes by providing:
Undergraduate, graduate, and professional academic programs that emphasize, examine, and encourage
intellectual, religious, and aesthetic experiences and growth;
Lifelong learning programs for personal enrichment, knowledge, and special skills, enabling all individuals to
continue in productive and creative lives; and
A range of activities, which support and enhance the university’s academic programs.
Oklahoma City University, a private, church-related institution, aspires to be a premier university for the liberal arts
and the professions, with respect to:
• Academic excellence that cultivates character;
• Student success and welfare;
• Personalized education that encourages service, leadership, and spiritual growth;
• Local community and economic development, including the use of global relationships; and
• Cultural leadership in our community and state.
Planning Collaboration Model
Dear Colleagues and Friends of Oklahoma City University:
I am pleased to present the 2008 Campus Master Plan for Oklahoma
City University. This document outlines a new vision for our
institution and represents an exciting glimpse of our future. The
recommendations in this report represent a philosophy of planning
flexibility and student-centered learning within an attractive physical
campus environment. This planning tool asks important questions
about who we are, what we represent, and where our institution is
going. It is my hope that this document will serve as a shining light to
guide our university into the coming decades.
This plan culminates more than twelve months of collaboration and
careful inquiry. A cornerstone of this planning process was its formal
and informal committee structure that allowed for participation from
a wide range of stakeholders including campus-wide forums open to
everyone, focus groups to deal with specific challenges, a community
advisory committee, a campus advisory committee, an executive
committee, and the board of trustees. I wish to express my sincere
appreciation to everyone who participated in one or more of these
committees for their diligent contribution and endorsement of our
We are poised to achieve new heights at Oklahoma City University.
Our planning endeavor strives to invigorate our beloved city,
redefine the learning paradigm in our region, and reposition our great
institution through the United Methodist tradition in higher education.
This document is dedicated to those who have walked before us and
to those who will inherit these dreams.
With passion and conviction,
Tom J. McDaniel, President
Oklahoma City University
Table of Contents
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Welcome to the future of Oklahoma City University.
This master planning document is organized into seven
chapters. Chapter 1, “Redefining the Campus,” is an
executive summary of the entire planning vision. This
important chapter also highlights the final master plan
illustrative graphic and a matrix of all programmatic
The next six chapters contain detailed information
about specific planning topics. These chapters can be
stand-alone reference tools or read collectively as a
body of planning recommendations.
1 Redefining the Campus Pages 1-10
Outlines the purpose, philosophy, and goals, and provides a
summary of major planning initiatives.
2 Building Blocks of the Campus Pages 11-18
Contains detailed information about building opportunities
and their role in defining the future campus fabric.
3 The Invited Car Pages 19-24
Describes the role of the automobile in the campus
environment. Specifically, this chapter details the proposed
elements of vehicular circulation and parking (surface and
4 Open Space Is Campus Space Pages 25-28
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Contains detailed information about the important role
of open space and pedestrian circulation in the life of
Oklahoma City University.
5 Campus Infrastructure Pages 29-34
Describes the role of thermal and electrical utilities in
the master plan. This chapter highlights both the existing
condition and future considerations for mechanical and
6 Partnering for Change Pages 35-38
Describes the opportunities for Oklahoma City University to
creatively explore mixed-use (retail, commercial, housing)
partnerships on or adjacent to the campus.
7 Views of the Master Plan Pages 39-46
Contains illustrative plans and perspectives of the final
Oklahoma City University Campus Master Plan. This
reference chapter is a visual summary of the entire planning
Redefining the Campus
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Oklahoma City University has a storied and important
history that began more than a century ago as Oklahoma
City’s university and the United Methodist university
of Oklahoma. This unique distinction has propelled the
institution to embrace long-range thinking and a history
of creating positive change. Today, the university
stands on the shoulders of the “Great Plan: A Program
of Academic Excellence” and the “Era of Emergence”
in part by using precedent-setting planning initiatives
to define its culture and character.
As Oklahoma City University reflects on more
than one hundred years of academic excellence, the
university is preparing to face unique challenges to
meet its academic mission. These challenges include
an increased enrollment trajectory; an urban campus
located in a transitioning neighborhood; changing
pedagogy; new technological, academic, and
infrastructure requirements; and the desire to create a
more integrated residential university.
To help address these issues, Oklahoma City University Campus Planning Philosophy
initiated the 2008 Oklahoma City University Campus
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Master Plan (Master Plan) focusing on a fifteen- Oklahoma City University has supported a planning
to twenty-year planning horizon. This planning philosophy rooted in its mission and founded on the
initiative addresses growth opportunities, image and premise that the campus exists as a place for people—
identity, community interface, new partnerships, and those who attend as students, those who serve as
the development of a learner-centered educational education professionals, and those who live in the
community. surrounding community. High quality campuses are
carefully orchestrated environments that allow for and
Purpose of the Master Plan inspire personal, physical, and spiritual growth. They
are also incubators for learning, research, interaction,
The Master Plan is a collection of powerful ideas and communication. The campus’s quality is measured
that establish a flexible opportunity framework for by how well the physical environment supports its
coordinating physical change on the campus. This diverse constituents and functions. In the end, the
framework institutes patterns that will maintain physical campus environs are, and will be, important
the campus’s unique spatial characteristics while barometers of overall institutional success.
identifying opportunities for consistent and harmonious
expansion. The quality of the physical environment has
a tremendous influence on the institution’s image. As
such, the Master Plan serves as a foundation for shaping
the campus fabric in support of its academic mission
and vision. The Master Plan outlines parameters to
strategically manage development opportunities and
confidently implement common initiatives within the
short-, mid-, and long-term horizons.
N. KeNtucKy ave.
N. virgiNia ave.
N. iNdiaNa ave.
N. Florida ave.
8 9 16
3 4 11 14
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2008 Campus Map
1 Kappa Sigma 9 Student Health Center 16 Physical Plant
2 Lambda Chi Alpha 10 Centennial Residence Hall 17 Tom and Brenda McDaniel
3 Harris Hall Dormitory 11 Smith Hall Dormitory University Center
4 Draper Hall Dormitory 12 Sarkeys Law Center 18 Gold Star Memorial Building
5 Cokesbury Court Apartments 13 Walker Hall Dormitory (Law Library)
6 Theatre Storage 14 Banning Hall Dormitory 19 Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel
7 Sutton Baseball Center 15 Dawson-Loeffler Science and (Wimberly School of Religion)
8 Panhellenic Quadrangle Mathematics Center 20 University Manor Apartments
N. BlacKWelder ave
N. McKiNley ave.
N. claSSeN Blvd.
N.W. 28th Street
N.W. 27th Street
38 N.W. 26th Street
N.W. 25th Street
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N.W. 24th Street
N.W. 23rd Street
21 Edith Kinney Gaylord Center 28 Norick Art Center 36 Wilson House (President’s Home)
(Ann Lacy School of American 29 Walker Center for Arts and 37 Children’s Center for the Arts
Dance and Arts Management) Sciences 38 Meinders School of Business
22 Dulaney-Browne Library 30 Wanda L. Bass Music Center 39 Oklahoma United Methodist
23 Henry J. Freede Wellness and 31 Margaret E. Petree Recital Hall Conference Center
Activity Center 32 Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center 40 Women’s Softball Field
24 Wade Baseball Field 33 Clara E. Jones Administration 41 J.R. Homsey Baseball Complex
25 Soccer Field Building 42 Rowing Facility
26 Kramer School of Nursing 34 Kerr-McGee Centennial Plaza
27 Farmer House (Student Life) 35 Lacy Admissions and Visitor Center
N. KeNtucKy ave.
N. virgiNia ave.
N. iNdiaNa ave.
N. Florida ave.
North Quad Mathematics Ctr
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Open Space Main Quad
Law Quad Seminary
Campus Master Plan Legend:
The graphic above is the 2008 Oklahoma City Existing Proposed
University Campus Master Plan. In all, the plan Academic Building Academic Building
accommodates a total of 751,200 gross square feet
(GSF) of new academic and residential buildings,
which will allow the university to grow from 3,100
to 4,000 students over the next ten to fifteen years.
N. BlacKWelder ave.
N. McKiNley ave.
N. claSSeN Blvd.
NW 28th Street
NW 27th Street
NW 26th Street
Space Housing Mixed-use
NW 25th Street Entrance
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Housing Greek Housing
NW 24th Street
NW 23rd Street
Existing Proposed Proposed
Residential Building Residential Building Mixed-use
Master Plan Goals • Employ smart growth principles to halt campus
sprawl and inefficient land use. Use additional
The university embarked on this Master Plan with the verticality, a higher ground area coverage, and
overarching premise of creating a well-ordered, safe, more building density.
educationally effective, and distinctive university • Enhance the value of the campus core by
environment. To achieve this unity, the Master expanding existing adjacencies. Cluster critical
Plan recommends strengthening existing physical academic and learning functions in the middle of
relationships, challenging inefficient campus patterns, campus. Enhance the centers of excellence (law,
and developing compelling new patterns. Throughout business, science, and fine and performing arts).
the master planning process, special attention has Continue to reinforce and link the three macro
been placed on opportunities to improve campus organizational zones:
organization, image, and character while providing an - Spiritual center (Gold Star Memorial
adequate infrastructure to accommodate growth. The Building and Theological Seminary, Wesley
Master Plan’s core organizational precepts are derived Foundation, and the Bishop W. Angie Smith
from the following common planning goals: Chapel)
1. Provide a vision for the future development of - Social learning center (Tom and Brenda
the campus. McDaniel University Center, Dulaney-
2. Link academic programs to facility development. Browne Library, and activities of student
dining and gathering)
3. Reinforce the campus’s unique urban - Recreational center (Henry J. Freede
environment. Wellness and Activity Center, proposed
4. Provide a high-quality image and identity for the Recreation Center, and adjacent athletic and
institution. recreational fields)
5. Aid in fundraising.
Expand the campus boundaries:
6. Improve financial stability through sustainable
• Employ strategic acquisition to redefine the
campus boundaries. In the long term, Oklahoma
7. Position the university to be competitive City University should control the corners
throughout the twenty-first century. of campus (southeast, southwest, northeast,
Summary of Initiatives - Southeast: N. Blackwelder Avenue to
N. McKinley Avenue between N.W. Twenty-
The Master Plan provides organizational strategies to third and N.W. Twenty-fourth Streets
effectively guide future initiatives and enable sound - Southwest: N. Virginia Avenue to
decision-making. These major initiatives were derived N. Kentucky Avenue between N.W. Twenty-
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and refined through the multiphase planning process. third and N.W. Twenty-fourth Streets
The Master Plan was based on the following: - Northeast: N. Blackwelder Avenue to
N. McKinley Avenue between N.W. Twenty-
Define the front doors to campus: seventh and N.W. Twenty-eighth Streets
• Develop N. Blackwelder and N. Kentucky - Northwest: N. Virginia Avenue to
Avenues as primary gateways to the university. N. Kentucky Avenue between N.W. Twenty-
Special emphasis should be placed on the seventh and N.W. Twenty-eighth Streets
N. Blackwelder Avenue entrance. • Extend the campus fabric to North Classen
• Enhance the N.W. Twenty-third Street Boulevard along the N.W. Twenty-fifth
streetscape and campus frontage from Street corridor. This area is envisioned to be
N. McKinley Avenue to N. Virginia Avenue. a long-term partnership opportunity between
Develop this special area as a university district. the university and/or city and a third-party
• Create a new entrance corridor on N.W. Twenty-
fifth Street from N. Classen Boulevard to Enhance the residential campus:
N. McKinley Avenue.
• Develop a second residential neighborhood on
Strengthen the academic core: the eastern section of campus. This deliberate
land use change is intended to create a safer,
• Pursue strategic building additions, renovations, more vibrant twenty-four-hour, seven-days-a-
and new facilities within the existing campus week campus experience.
Undergraduate Students 1,900 2,500
Graduate Students 1,200 1,500
Faculty & Staff 491 634
Total On-campus Population 3,591 4,634
Campus Area 92 105
Floor Area Ratio .26 .36
Buildings and Facilities
Academic (GSF)* 869,900 1,409,900
Residential (GSF) 168,400 257,700
(1,430 beds) (1,600 beds)
Total Building (GSF) 1,044,730 1,667,600
Percentage of Beds/Students 46% 40%
Recreation 3.37 ac. 6.50 ac.
Athletics 6.46 ac. 7.50 ac.
Surface 2,083 2,282
Structure 355 500 (avg. 5 levels)
Parking Ratio (people/space) 1.48:1 1.67:1
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*gross square feet
• Create rich, active, and well-lit pedestrian routes add vitality to the mixed-use N.W. Twenty-fifth
across the core, connecting residence halls to Street corridor.
major academic, student life, and recreational
and open space destinations. Change the enrollment trajectory:
• Maintain a 40 percent (or greater) on-campus • Develop the campus facilities and infrastructure
resident population. for a target campus population of 4,000 students.
• Connect the new eastern residential complex Develop a relationship of approximately 2,500
to the N.W. Twenty-fifth Street corridor and undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students.
N. Classen Boulevard connector with retail, • Increase the faculty/staff population
mixed-use, and transit opportunities. commensurate with current ratios.
• Relocate the Greek life residential facilities • Increase overall academic gross square feet
to the eastern half of campus between (GSF) per student.
N.W. Twenty-fourth and N.W. Twenty-fifth
Streets east of N. McKinley Avenue. This
strategic land use change will strengthen the
residential life aspects of the east campus and
Create linear malls and quads: • Consider developing a 3 to 5 percent
• Enhance the main academic quad between the Transportation Demand Management (TDM)
Clara E. Jones Administration Building and initiative to encourage walking, bicycling,
the Gold Star Memorial Building. Connect this carpooling, mass transit, etc., to lower parking
great space to a series of new and interconnected demand on campus.
signature open spaces:
- Law quad: Develop a signature space Introduce structured parking:
anchoring the west end of campus framed • Implement a parking strategy that employs a
by Walker Hall, the Gold Star Memorial mixed-use parking structure on the southeast
Building, and Sarkeys Law Center. corner of the campus.
- Business mall: Create a major east-west • Utilize this parking envelope for faculty, staff,
pedestrian spine terminating at the Meinders and student use. Additionally, create a facility
School of Business. that caters to the activities of the fine and
- North quad: Design an active and vibrant performing arts and allows for vibrant mixed-use
student space between the McDaniel retail activity on N.W. Twenty-third Street.
University Center and the Freede Wellness
and Activity Center. Explore private development partnerships:
- North Florida Avenue: Develop a new north-
south pedestrian connector from the main • Develop three opportunity zones for creative
academic quad to the business mall. partnerships:
- Blackwelder Mall: Create a limited access - Southeast corner: Engage a mixed-use
signature pedestrian mall along the parking structure to establish a lively retail
N. Blackwelder Avenue corridor from presence on the corner of campus.
N.W. Twenty-fourth to N.W. Twenty-seventh - Southwest corner: Develop a university-
Streets. This space is envisioned to include controlled retail mixed-use facility. This
outdoor performance elements, sculpture, location will support student activities
and/or water features. and enhance the entrance image of the
• Utilize the outdoor spaces on campus as - N.W. Twenty-fifth Street corridor: This
mechanisms to enhance student learning area is envisioned to be a mixed-use
opportunities, social exchange, and overall district (retail and housing) and partnership
collegiate experience. opportunity between the university and/or
city and a third-party development entity.
Develop peripheral parking and circulation:
• Develop a rich pedestrian environment by Develop neighborhood and community alliances:
removing large expanses of interior surface
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• Develop a program to stabilize land values on
parking. Develop well-distributed peripheral the north and west campus boundaries. The
parking lots to meet the needs of students campus’s long-term safety and viability are
(resident and commuter), faculty, and staff. directly linked to the adjacent neighborhoods:
• Eliminate small, inefficient surface interior - Encourage home ownership, university
parking lots. incentives for investment, neighborhood
• Provide priority parking spaces to visitors and watch programs, cleanup, and/or grant
disabled users. programs.
- Consider redeveloping university-owned
• Reconfigure and consolidate (as practical) parcels outside of the long-range campus
loading docks and building service points. Avoid plan into market rate, single-family housing.
conflicts between major pedestrian corridors and
these service elements. Invest in a sustainable future:
• Remove vehicular corridors that bisect the • Introduce Leadership in Energy and
campus core. N. Blackwelder Avenue, N. Florida Environmental Design (LEED®) principles to all
Avenue, and parts of N.W. Twenty-fifth Street building and facility initiatives.
are candidates for removal.
• Develop a landscape and campus site resource
• Challenge the existing relationship of people allocation strategy.
per parking space to a higher ratio. Demand a
higher utilization of existing parking areas before • Create a campus-wide energy plan based on local
investing in new surface parking. and/or renewable resources.
Building Blocks of the Campus
Development Density and Capacity
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Architecture and open space—these two powerful
elements provide the foundation for a great campus. The
Master Plan strives to apply a thoughtful complement
of these important components. As a result, the physical
planning recommendations juxtapose the proposed
architectural massing to maintain the historic campus
symmetry and balance while deliberately creating new
and very exciting signature spaces. This translates
in simple terms to a mid-rise architectural pattern of
approximately three stories balanced by a network of
meaningful open spaces.
A second and equally powerful planning principle
suggests uncovering the best characteristics of the
existing campus core, then, with precise application,
extending them to other portions of campus. Those
characteristics include the tactile elements of
scale, proportion, and massing of buildings, the
spatial quantity of open space, and the richness
and dimensionality of site treatment. Applying this
technique, the campus was evaluated and quantified
using a simple density measurement of floor area
ratio (FAR). The FAR is calculated by dividing
8 8 L1
4 1 13
L1 L2 10
Exiting and Proposed Building Envelopes
Future Parking Structure
building gross square footage by campus acreage square feet (GSF). Utilizing a straight-line projection,
(expressed in square feet). Campus-wide Master Plan the campus built about 12,800 GSF per year in the
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recommendations achieve an FAR of 0.36, which institution’s eighty-six-year history on the Northwest
is comparable to the FAR of 0.26 calculated for the Twenty-third Street site. Three-quarters of the facilities,
existing campus land area. however, were developed in the last fifty years. This
average approximates 15,000 GSF per year and is
Four key strategies are recommended for future increasing rapidly. As shown within the subsequent
building development and campus growth: paragraphs, the Master Plan is suggesting the potential
for approximately one-half million GSF of academic
1. Strategically infill new buildings within and
space. In round terms, this could provide Oklahoma
adjacent to existing buildings.
City University with twenty to twenty-five-plus years
2. Relocate inefficient land uses out of the campus of campus development potential. This metric alone
core to create significant parcels for future suggests an increase in land utilization and density,
redevelopment. scrutiny of underperforming facilities, and careful
evaluation of building adjacencies.
3. Renovate and/or expand existing buildings to
maintain strategic academic adjacencies.
Campus Buildings as Resources
4. Demolish buildings in poor condition or that
underutilize the land. The Oklahoma City University campus is rich with
history and facilities that date back to 1922. As
Historical Physical Development buildings have been added to the campus, they have
been constructed in response to a variety of purposes
The Oklahoma City University campus has experienced and needs to serve the academic focus of the university.
moderate to steady growth in the past several decades Each of the buildings has also been constructed using
and currently contains approximately 1,040,000 gross a variety of materials and systems. The materials
and systems give each building a composition of of similar enrollments between 2,500 and 5,000 (with a
durability, maintainability, aesthetic statement, and commensurate balance of undergraduate and graduate
longevity. As the campus has expanded, some of students) is approximately 240 GSF of academic space
the older buildings have been adapted for uses other per student. Oklahoma City University’s fall 2006
than their original use. The success of adaptive reuse data averages approximately 219 GSF per student.
is strongly influenced by the characteristics of the The planning team outlined the university’s perceived
original construction, which is in turn influenced by the needs and compared them to empirical data from the
original use type. Key factors for reuse include quality SCUP and THECB databases. The two lists were
of the structural frame and foundations, floor-to-floor scrutinized, and a minimum spatial demand trajectory
heights, and column spacing, all of which cannot be of 240 GSF (academic space) was validated. In order to
easily modified. Secondary factors for ease of reuse provide the university with additional future flexibility,
are the type of building envelope and the mechanical however, the Master Plan provides several long-term
and electrical systems, which can be modified more building envelopes that exceed 240 GSF. As a result,
easily than the structure. the plan represents either more GSF of academic space
per student (286 GSF/student at 4,000 students) or the
Building Condition Assessment and potential for 4,700 students at the planning target of
Demolition Candidates 240 GSF/student.
An evaluation of the campus buildings was conducted The following list summarizes the GSF (rounded
during the first half of the master planning process. This totals) for the Master Plan:
evaluation included structural, mechanical, electrical,
and architectural components. This evaluation also Academic Space
served to validate the discussions of the Campus Space Existing 869,900
Utilization Focus Group, where campus buildings Proposed 599,700
were graded on each building’s capability to support Demolition 59,700
academic functions. As a result of the evaluation and Net Total 1,409,900
focus group meetings, the following were identified
as buildings that are not considered to have long- Housing Space
term value for the campus in a fifteen- to twenty-year Existing 168,400
horizon: Proposed 174,000
Banning Hall Demolition 84,700
Draper Hall Net Total 257,700
Smith Hall Total Campus GSF 1,667,600
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Proposed Building Opportunities
Dawson-Loeffler Science and Mathematics Center
Maintenance and Storage It is important to reiterate that the Master Plan is an
Panhellenic Quadrangle opportunities plan. It is a flexible road map suggesting
Physical Plant Building how to manage future change. Simply, the Master Plan
does not dictate when and how growth will occur; it
The majority of these buildings have already been provides a framework for new building placement.
recycled for adaptive reuse more than once. The This distinction allows the university community and
eventual demise of these buildings creates opportunities board of trustees to decide when to grow, how much
for new state-of-the-art facilities, grand outdoor growth can be managed, and where to place that
spaces, higher land utilization and building density, growth meaningfully into the campus fabric.
and facilities that work in concert with the established
long-term goals and objectives of the university. The Master Plan highlights opportunities for new
buildings. These building envelopes address space
Space Demand Projections demand projections and also provide a degree of
flexibility for programmatic uncertainty. The following
In order to arrive at a reasonable spatial target for a categories summarize each of the building opportunity
projected on-campus enrollment of 4,000 students, zones addressing potential uses, adjacencies, desired
two important benchmarks were utilized: the Society spatial characteristics, and key campus-wide design
for Campus and University Planning (SCUP) 2006 objectives.
Campus Facilities Inventory and the Texas Higher
Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Collectively,
the national average for four-year private institutions
Academic Envelopes (Not in Order of Priority) storage building on the campus periphery. This facility
is envisioned to contain three broad spatial components.
Building Envelope 1: Wesley Foundation Building First, it should house the maintenance and operational
Envisioned as an energized gathering space, this space needs for the university (grounds, maintenance,
spiritual life building provides an important link lay-down space, etc.). Second, this facility should
between the Gold Star Memorial Building (future provide vital long-term storage space for academic,
Theological Seminary) and the Bishop W. Angie Smith administrative, and programmatic campus elements.
Chapel. This building should reinforce the architecture Third, it will become the central receiving location for
and character of the N.W. Twenty-third Street image the campus.
and enhance this collection of facilities as the spiritual
center of campus. Building Envelopes 6 and 7: Recreation Center
This important building envelope is proposed to serve
Building Envelopes 2 and 3: Law School Complex as the new recreational athletics hub and relieve spatial
This dynamic collection of buildings is envisioned pressure on the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity
as an expansion of the existing Sarkeys Law Center. Center. Situated in a key location on the northern
Potentially home to a new Law Library and related section of campus, this venue provides indoor and
facilities, this important complex helps define the law outdoor recreation opportunities. It is anticipated
quad on the southwest corner that this facility will serve as
of campus bound by the Gold a significant student amenity
Star Memorial Building, and broaden the university’s
Walker Hall, and Sarkeys competitiveness and ability
Law Center. This collection to attract new students. When
of buildings also helps frame developing this facility,
the visual entrance experience ensure adequate pedestrian
and gateway on N. Kentucky connections and strong
Avenue. linkages to both the residence
life functions and the academic
Gold Star Memorial Building core.
as Theological Seminary:
Adaptive Reuse – The Building Envelope 8: Freede
important first step in creating Wellness and Activity Center
a theological seminary is the Addition
deliberate relocation of the The Freede Wellness and
existing Law Library. This Activity Center is envisioned
function currently occupies a to serve as the single
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majority of space within the intercollegiate athletics venue
existing Gold Star Memorial for the campus community.
Building. Once a suitable Law Two lateral additions are
Library facility is developed, conceived as support for office
the university can proceed expansion, and locker room,
with the adaptive reuse of the training, and related space
Gold Star Memorial Building. needs for competitive athletics.
This iconic building should continue to serve as a Consider the public image on N.W. Twenty-seventh
focal point of spiritual life, image, and function for the Street and interior spatial quality of the emerging
mission of Oklahoma City University. north quad and business mall when developing these
Building Envelope 4: Facilities and Physical Plant
Building Building Envelopes 9: New Academic Building/
The university should proceed with development of Classroom
a consolidated central plant on the campus periphery. This proposed multipurpose academic/classroom
This long-term strategic shift will eventually allow building serves to anchor the east-west pedestrian
for the infill of the campus core with academic mall. It also serves to define the emerging north quad
functions—tactically relocating facilities and physical space between the Freede Wellness and Activity Center
plant functions to the edge of campus. and the McDaniel University Center. Special attention
should be given to its design expression, entrance
Building Envelope 5: University Storage sequence, and contextual role as an important outdoor
Related to the functionality and location of the central space-shaping facility.
plant, the university should develop a centralized
Building Envelope 10: McDaniel University Center provides the opportunity to showcase Oklahoma City
Expansion University’s performance venues to the community
As the existing physical plant facilities (maintenance and create a new focal point for campus. Integral to
yard, ice storage tanks, etc.) are relocated to the the success of this project is the development of an
western section of campus, an important opportunity is adjacent mixed-use parking structure and the creation
discovered: the northward expansion of the McDaniel of high-quality pedestrian amenities, plazas, drop-offs,
University Center, which would allow the center to and streetscape enhancements.
have a second front door facing the proposed north
quad. The overarching goal is to create a significant, Residential Opportunities
centrally located quad and high-quality pedestrian
space in this social hub of campus. Building Envelopes 1 and 2: New Residence Halls
The Master Plan illustrates two additional residence
Building Envelope 11: Library Expansion halls to enhance the west campus residence life
This state-of-the-art library expansion and mixed-use population. These facilities are intended to define
element is envisioned to help anchor the redevelopment the N. Kentucky Avenue corridor, reinforce the street
of the academic and social core of campus. Situated edge, and connect to the Cokesbury Court Apartments
adjacent to the McDaniel University Center, this and eastward to the campus core.
addition serves as a defining element of the future
north quad and defines the north-south pedestrian Building Envelopes 3, 4, and 5: New Residence Halls
link (N. Florida Avenue corridor) between the historic The Master Plan illustrates three additional residence
academic quad and the emerging business mall. halls to create an east campus residence life population.
This location will promote a twenty-four-hour campus.
Building Envelope 12: Science & Mathematics The plan recommends that the new halls be oriented
Center so that there is an increased sense of community for
This proposed facility spans the vacated N. Florida campus residents and an improved visibility to the
Avenue corridor. As such, it creates an opportunity for academic core, and to define a new university front
a physical gateway and a bridge building. It reinforces door on N.W. Twenty-fifth Street.
the north-south pedestrian linkage between the existing
main quad and the new east-west business mall. It also Integral to this residence hall complex is a proposed
defines the eastern half of the proposed north quad. mixed-use development zone on the N.W. Twenty-
This facility is central to the meaningful redefinition of fifth Street corridor between N. Classen Boulevard
the Oklahoma City University campus interior. and N. McKinley Avenue.
Building Envelope 13: Nursing Long-term Opportunities
Envisioned as an expansion zone for the nursing
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facility, this building will reinforce the east-west Three long-term opportunities are depicted on the
business mall, create deliberate and well-defined Master Plan. These important development zones
building entrances, and enhance the open space and represent placeholders for unknown and unforeseen
pedestrian linkages between adjacent facilities. development envelopes. The university should view
these zones similarly to the others in the plan—flexible
Building Envelope 14: Visitor Center planning tools.
Oklahoma City University needs to develop a more
substantial facility to welcome prospective students Additional Housing: West Campus
and families, visitors, friends, patrons, dignitaries, Should the university desire to increase their on-
and community members. This facility is intended to campus population to more than 40 percent, there are
double the outreach capability of the existing visitor opportunity zones for housing infill. The plan identifies
center. Connected to the existing building, this new the zones as the areas north of the new residence
center should define the N. Blackwelder Avenue halls and immediately east of the Cokesbury Court
and N.W. Twenty-fourth Street corner, providing a Apartments. These residence halls suggest capacity
consistent architectural expression and anchor to this for an additional two hundred beds.
prominent area of campus.
Structured Parking: West Campus on N.W. Twenty-
Building Envelope 15: Performing Arts Building third Street at N. Kentucky Avenue
This is the crown jewel of the Oklahoma City University Should the demand for parking increase beyond the
campus renaissance. This fresh, dynamic facility is capacity of the surface parking on the west side of
expected to define the historic N. Blackwelder Avenue campus, the university has another option: develop a
and N.W. Twenty-third Street front door. Designed parking deck to accommodate students, faculty, staff,
to be a signature building, this catalyst facility visitors, and community mixed-use retail patrons.
Locate this proposed facility between N. Kentucky
and N. Virginia Avenues on N.W. Twenty-third Street.
Use the topographic grade change to accommodate a
lower building height and allow lower level vehicular
Future Academic Building: Nursing Block on the
Consider the surface parking lot at the corner of
N. Blackwelder Avenue and N.W. Twenty-seventh
Street as a future building opportunity. The Master
Plan suggests that this future building reinforce the
east-west business mall and the N. Blackwelder
Avenue entrance corridor. This envelope has capacity
for an additional 50,000+ GSF.
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Building Elements (Not in Order of Priority)
Building Description Beds Floors GSF*
1 Wesley Foundation Building 2 7,200
2 Law School Complex 3 72,000
3 Law School Complex 3 37,500
4 Facilities and Physical Plant Building 1 25,000
5 University Storage 1 25,000
6 and 7 New Recreation Center 2 98,000
8 Freede Wellness and Activity Center Addition 2 70,000
9 New Academic Building/Classroom 3 58,500
10 McDaniel University Center Expansion 3 22,500
11 Library Expansion 2 27,000
12 Science & Mathematics Center 3 78,000
13 Nursing 3 54,000
14 Visitor Center 2 10,000
15 Performing Arts Building 1 30,000
L1 Long-term Academic Building 3 52,500
1 West Residence Hall 81 3 30,000
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2 West Residence Hall 81 3 30,000
3 East Residence Hall 121 3 45,000
4 East Residence Hall 81 3 30,000
5 East Residence Hall 105 3 39,000
L1 Long-term Residence Hall 121 3 45,000
L2 Long-term Residence Hall 89 3 33,000
*gross square feet
3 The Invited Car
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This chapter examines the existing parking distribution
and road network on and around the Oklahoma City
University campus. The overview of existing conditions
is followed by a detailed list of recommendations
regarding the proposed road network and parking
strategies. When reading through this chapter, the
existing campus map (page 3), Campus Master Plan
graphic (page 5), and the proposed vehicular circulation
diagram (page 22) may be helpful reference tools.
Existing Road Network
Oklahoma City University is uniquely situated within
a fine-grained urban grid, typical of American cities
developed or planned before the 1950s. This context
is extremely important to the future transportation
network of the university. The advantage of an urban
grid is that there are multiple ways to approach and
access the campus. The disadvantage is that there are
more roads to address and maintain than on a suburban
Approach vast majority of its parking needs. This abundance of
The major vehicular approaches to the campus include surface parking places Oklahoma City University in
N.W. Twenty-third Street, N. Classen Boulevard, and a unique situation for an urban institution. It should
N. Pennsylvania Avenue. From the north and south, be noted that the campus land area devoted to surface
motorists can use either N. Pennsylvania Avenue or parking will likely fail to meet the future demand.
N. Classen Boulevard to approach the campus. Neither This is both an opportunity and a constraint. It is an
corridor, however, touches a campus edge. From opportunity because the surface parking areas represent
N. Pennsylvania Avenue, motorists can either turn a future land bank for academic expansion, and it is a
onto N.W. Twenty-seventh, N.W. Twenty-fifth, or constraint because the university will need to invest
N.W. Twenty-third Streets to access the campus, substantially in structured parking. With the existing
depending on their final destination. From N. Classen FAR (described in Chapter 2, page 11) approaching
Boulevard, motorists can use N.W. Twenty-third 0.30, the university must seriously begin considering
through N.W. Twenty-seventh Streets to access the vertical parking scenarios. With the introduction of a
campus. structured parking lot under the new residence hall on
N. Kentucky Avenue, the university is trending in the
Access right direction.
N.W. Twenty-third Street is the primary access route to
the campus from either the east or the west; moreover, Distribution and Quantity
this corridor is an important city-wide thoroughfare The university parking condition can be summarized
connecting the university to the city center and capitol as adequate overall quantity, inadequate distribution.
complex. From N.W. Twenty-third Street, motorists Today, there is a reasonably good distribution of parking
can either access the campus from N. Kentucky or on the north half of the campus; however, there are
N. Blackwelder Avenues. N. Blackwelder Avenue only a few small parking lots on the southern half of
currently offers the only signalized campus entrance. the campus. This is where most of the building density
currently exists. This exacerbates the overall parking
Boundaries distribution, making it seem worse than it is. Based
The road corridors that define the outer campus on a utilization study conducted by the university, the
edges include N.W. Twenty-third Street to the south, campus-wide parking quantity is adequate for the user
N. Virginia Avenue to the west, N.W. Twenty-eighth populations; however, parking distribution is currently
Street to the north, and N. McKinley Avenue to the not balanced.
east. All of these corridors create a campus edge and
are important to defining the image of the university The majority of the commuter parking lots are located
to the surrounding community. The most important in the northeast quadrant of the campus, south and east
university edge, however, is N.W. Twenty-third Street. of the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center,
This regional corridor provides the only opportunity with some surface lots reaching into the middle of the
for views into the campus and is an important first academic core. Further to the east, the new Meinders
impression of the overall university image. School of Business has provided additional parking.
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On the western edge of campus, the residential
Interior Corridors complexes currently provide adjacent parking.
There are several road corridors within the campus Because several roads bisect the campus, there are
boundaries. These include N. Kentucky Avenue, numerous parking spaces provided on campus streets.
N.W. Twenty-seventh Street, N. Florida Avenue, Additionally, many students park in the adjacent
N. Indiana Avenue, N. Blackwelder Avenue, neighborhoods and walk the few blocks to campus.
N.W. Twenty-fifth Street, and N.W. Twenty-fourth Noble Drive, parallel to N.W. Twenty-third Street, is a
Street. Of these, both N. Kentucky Avenue and short one-way street that provides parking spaces but
N.W. Twenty-seventh Street cut through the campus creates an unattractive “parking lot” edge and causes
and are used to access the university as well as the intersection complications at both N. Blackwelder and
surrounding neighborhoods. N. Florida Avenue N. Kentucky Avenues.
terminates within the campus core and is perhaps
the most likely candidate for right-of-way vacation. Special Needs
N. Blackwelder Avenue was recently closed to through There are several special parking needs on campus
traffic in the middle of the campus. including the administration functions, Ann Lacy
Admissions and Visitor Center, Sarkeys Law Center
Existing Parking System and Meinders School of Business events, and athletic
venues. These campus opportunities will continue to
The Oklahoma City University campus currently has require proximate parking for visitors and patrons with
2,438 total parking spaces. Divided by the campus disabilities. Additionally, the campus has routine event
population, this equates to approximately 1.5 people parking needs, particularly in the southeast quadrant
(students, faculty, visitors, and staff members) for where the performing arts venues are located. Access
every parking space. This relationship between people and drop-offs need to be maintained to these important
and automobiles is continuously in flux. To compound campus functions.
the issue, the university utilizes surface lots for a
Proposed Road Network • Paul Hansen Drive from N. Kentucky to
N. Indiana Avenues
The proposed road network is reflective of two primary
• N. Indiana Avenue extended south of
objectives. The first is to reduce pedestrian/vehicular
N.W. Twenty-seventh Street to Paul Hansen Drive
conflicts in the academic core, and the second is to
allow vehicular circulation to move through and • N.W. Twenty-fifth Street from N. Classen
around the campus. To achieve these competing goals, Boulevard to N. McKinley Avenue
there have been several proposed modifications to the • Noble Drive
existing road network, which are described below.
Beyond the road corridors described above, the
Road Removals university has an interest in helping to maintain and
One interior road corridor is recommended for promote the image of the surrounding road corridors.
permanent removal as an overall strategy to enhance This is especially true to the north and east, where
the student and learning environment of the campus the university edge is less defined. Treatment of these
fabric. This corridor should become incorporated into corridors may be as simple as promoting healthy
the campus’s open space and pedestrian network. This street trees and lawn, but that would go a long way
removal candidate reinforces the planning principles to promoting the overall image of the neighborhood.
of “campuses are for people, not cars” by creating rich, N.W. Twenty-fifth Street is proposed to be an important
humanly-scaled academic environs. The following gateway to the university from N. Classen Boulevard.
road segment is proposed to be permanently closed: This corridor should contain all of the elements of
• N.W. Twenty-sixth Street between campus roads and be designed as an extension of
N. Blackwelder and N. Florida Avenues the campus. This will likely be achieved through a
strategic partnership with the City of Oklahoma City.
Limited Access Roads
Limited access roads are designed to function as Campus Edges and Through Roads
pedestrian corridors with limited vehicular use. By definition, any roadway that has the university on
These corridors should be treated as extensions of the one side of the street is a campus edge. These corridors
pedestrian environment with a richness of materials are controlled in part by the City of Oklahoma City
reflective of the academic core. These environments and in part by the university. Other road corridors that
should allow service, accessible parking, and have university property on both sides of the street are
emergency access throughout the day; however, during classified as through roads. This corridor type should
special campus events, these limited access corridors be controlled exclusively by the university. Both of
become open for greater vehicular use, particularly these important roadways should reflect the overall
for pick-up and drop-off functions. Iconic gateway image of the university through consistent street
elements should be placed at the entrances to each of elements, materials, and design expression. In short,
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these corridors to suggest limited access use. Limited these road corridors should clearly announce, visually,
access road candidates include the following: the campus character and boundaries. As the university
• N. Blackwelder Avenue from N.W. Twenty- boundaries expand, principles of edge treatment should
fourth to N.W. Twenty-seventh Streets expand systematically. Oklahoma City University
should develop a program for consistent street corridor
• N.W. Twenty-fifth Street from N. Blackwelder enhancements on both through streets and campus
Avenue to N. McKinley Avenue edge corridors. Specific recommendations include the
• N. Florida Avenue from N.W. Twenty-seventh following:
Street south to N.W. Twenty-fifth Street
• Develop N.W. Twenty-third Street as the
Campus Roads single most important university edge. Special
Campus roads are thoroughfares, open to public treatment should be given to this corridor and
traffic, but controlled and owned by the university. As campus edge. Enhance N.W. Twenty-third Street
such, this network of roads provides primary access with lush landscaped treatment, university
to the interior parking and building destinations. The lighting, banners, and appropriate streetscape
Master Plan recommends that they be designed with adornment. This treatment should extend from
consistent materials, widths, and expression to slow N. Kentucky Avenue to N. Blackwelder Avenue.
traffic arrival at the Oklahoma City University campus Noble Drive should be considered part of the
proper. Campus roads include the following: overall N.W. Twenty-third Street experience.
• N. Blackwelder Avenue from N.W. Twenty-third • N.W. Twenty-third Street should have a more
to N.W. Twenty-fourth Streets urban expression—specifically, west to
N. Virginia Avenue and east to N. McKinley
• N.W. Twenty-fourth Street from N. Blackwelder Avenue. These two blocks at each end of the
Avenue to N. McKinley Avenue
N. Blackwelder Ave.
N. McKinley Ave.
N. Kentucky Ave.
N. Virginia Ave.
N. Indiana Ave.
N. Florida Ave.
N.W. 28th Street
N.W. 27th Street
N. Indiana Ave.
N.W. 26th Street
N.W. 25th Street
Paul Hansen Drive
N.W. 24th Street
N.W. 23rd Street
Proposed Vehicular Circulation
Campus Exterior Road Potential New Signal Primary Campus Road
Campus Edge Road Potential Signal Removal Secondary Campus Road
Limited Access Campus Road
campus should substantially re-engage the urban investigation be taken into several key university
fabric. This opportunity should be achieved intersections:
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through strategic partnerships (see Chapter 6 for • Explore the development of a new signal at
additional information). N.W. Twenty-third Street and N. Kentucky
Avenue and adjust N. Indiana Avenue to align
Gateways Into Campus with N. Kentucky Avenue in order to correct the
Every thoroughfare that enters into the campus current offset intersection.
fabric should have elements that announce
arrival. At most entrance points, this may be a • Investigate the opportunity for a traffic signal
consistent sign or small gateway feature. The three at N.W. Twenty-third Street at N. McKinley
entrances that deserve major gateway elements are Avenue to replace the existing signal at
N. Kentucky Avenue at N.W. Twenty-third Street, N.W. Twenty-third Street and N. Blackwelder
N. Blackwelder Avenue at N.W. Twenty-third Street, Avenue.
and N. Classen Boulevard at N.W. Twenty-fifth • Examine the feasibility of a new signal at
Street. The two entrances along N.W. Twenty-third N.W. Twenty-fifth Street at N. Classen
Street are the most significant entrances into the Boulevard. The university should also work
campus and should reflect a collegiate character. collaboratively with the City of Oklahoma City
The N. Classen Boulevard entry has a dual role to uncover mass transit opportunities along
in representing the university and the proposed N. Classen Boulevard. This signal and/or transit
university village along the N.W. Twenty-fifth Street location may be mutually beneficial in creating a
corridor towards campus. vibrant mixed-use corridor.
Traffic Signals and Intersection Enhancements
While the Master Plan does not include a detailed
traffic modeling analysis, it recommends that further
Proposed Parking Strategy the Meinders School of Business, east of the softball
complex, along Noble Drive, and west of N. Kentucky
The overall Master Plan parking strategy is to limit Avenue. All of the campus through roads and campus
general parking from the campus core and provide a edge roads are encouraged to accommodate on-street
better distribution of parking quantity on the campus parking to calm and slow traffic and add to the interest
periphery. Other macro planning goals include of the streetscape character.
enhancing the pedestrian experience, balancing the
parking demand and supply, introducing structured Structured Parking
parking, and creating parking areas within three to The Master Plan recommends developing a structured
five minutes from all major campus destinations. parking facility at the corner of N.W. Twenty-third
Accessible and select special parking areas will provide Street and N. McKinley Avenue. This proposed parking
access to the campus core via limited-use corridors. structure offers the university several key functions.
All other campus parking areas have been strategically First, it will provide parking for retailers that may
placed at the corners and edges of the academic core. occupy its mixed-use frontage. Second, it will provide
A summary of proposed parking facilities is shown in event parking for the performing arts venues and the
the accompanying diagram. Oklahoma United Methodist Conference Center. Third,
it will provide faculty, staff, student, and additional
Total Parking Allocation visitor parking in the southeast quadrant of campus.
The Master Plan proposes a slight alteration in campus
parking ratio from 1.48 people per space to 1.67 people Additional Parking Potential
per space. By national standards, this is a reasonable The Master Plan has highlighted the potential for
and generous parking ratio for a 60 percent commuter additional parking facilities that are not included in
population. The total parking spaces shown in the the proposed 2,730 spaces. These facilities include
Master Plan are 2,782, 344 more than currently exist. two surface lots in the northwest and northeast corners
Of these potential spaces, 500 are shown in a future of the campus and an additional parking structure in
parking structure. This new parking model suggests the southwest corner of the campus. Combined, these
two important things: facilities have the potential to add over 1,000 spaces
to the campus inventory. It is important to reiterate
• The university should challenge the existing
that these parking spaces have been designated as
relationship of people per parking space to a
higher ratio. This can be achieved by demanding
a higher utilization of existing parking areas.
Only invest in new or relocated surface parking
when existing parking utilization has increased
or reached full capacity (95 percent utilization).
• Consider developing a 3-5 percent
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Transportation Demand Management (TDM)
initiative to encourage walking, bicycling,
carpooling, mass transit, etc., to lower parking
demand on campus.
Surface Parking Distribution
Parking spaces within the middle of the campus have
been intentionally reduced; however, there are still
several options for limited parking in the campus core
including a lot east of the Dulaney-Browne Library
accessed via the N. Florida Avenue limited access
corridor. A second interior and on-street parking
opportunity west of the McDaniel University Center
provides visitor and special access parking. Additional
visitor parking is provided east of the Clara E. Jones
Administration Building and adjacent to the Ann Lacy
Admissions and Visitor Center.
Other major surface parking lots are provided south,
east, and west of the baseball complex, west of
Sarkeys Law Center, east of the Kramer School of
Nursing, north and south of the Meinders School of
Business, east of N. McKinley Avenue across from
(323) 52 (387)
96 62 112
350 15 39
Additional 216 500
Proposed Parking Facilities
00 Proposed Parking Lot
(00) Additional Parking Lot Opportunity
00 Existing Parking Structure
00 Proposed Parking Structure
(00) Additional Parking Structure Opportunity
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Open Space Is Campus Space
Role of the Open Space System
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When treated as an integrated system, open space can
create a powerful organizing element, which can serve
as a basis for locating and orienting existing and future
buildings. Open space and the outdoor environment
can enhance visitor orientation by making the overall
structure of the Oklahoma City University campus
more understandable. The location and design of open
space can also create a unifying visual matrix that can
help to blend a variety of architectural styles. Open
space treatments and landscaping along the university
perimeter—along with roadways and entrances—help
to establish a positive identity for the campus and can
work to improve neighborhood, community, and city
The Master Plan offers the following general principles
for the open space system:
• Establish a connected system of open spaces and
linked walkways in which students, faculty, staff,
and visitors can access buildings, parking areas,
and community venues.
• Develop a variety of open space types, both hard landscaped areas mixed with well-defined and
and soft, to enhance the campus experience and sensible urban plazas. As academic programs and
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outdoor learning environment. residential units begin to expand across campus, the
• Convert relocated or demolished parking areas, distribution of open space must complement that
roads, and/or former building envelopes (where expansion. At Oklahoma City University, the heart
appropriate) to open space. of the campus is the academic quad framed by the
Clara E. Jones Administration Building, the Dulaney-
• Project a positive identity to the public by Browne Library, the Edith Kinney Gaylord Center,
establishing a consistent perimeter edge the Gold Star Memorial Building, and the Bishop W.
treatment combining well-maintained buildings, Angie Smith Chapel. Looking forward, a new system
landscape, and entry gateways. of interconnected open spaces will encourage a variety
• Avoid placing unscreened parking areas, storage, of uses and programs that will enrich the campus
and service courts/docks facing direct public environment and enhance university life.
Categorically, the open space system consists of a
• Emphasize building entrances as part of the
variety of space typologies including campus edges,
campus open space system by providing rich
gateways, academic quads, linear pedestrian malls,
landscaping, seating, adequate lighting, and
portals through which to view and enter the campus,
and relocated/new recreational fields. Smaller
landscape elements will be tied more closely to campus
Issues and Opportunities architecture. They include arcades, colonnades,
courtyards, plazas, and interior-exterior building
The major planning objective of the open space spaces. These elements will add to the variety of open
system is to create an even distribution of functional space on the campus and optimize the efforts to create
open space across the campus. This includes open a distinct community within the university.
Campus Edges be reinforced by the open space elements
incorporated into the design (hardscape
Green spaces along campus edges or at campus elements, lighting, landscaping, and signage).
gateways create an inviting and positive image for the
• Develop the gateway at N.W. Twenty-third Street
university. These portals afford relief from the built
and N. Kentucky Avenue.
architectural edges and present views into the campus
interior. These views and visual expressions, for • Enhance the existing entrance portal at
motorists and passersby, are often the only elements N.W. Twenty-third Street and N. Blackwelder
providing identity and image for the institution. These Avenue. Mirror the existing Kerr-McGee
campus edges provide the windows into the campus. As Centennial Plaza on the east side of
a result, all campus edges deserve special open space N. Blackwelder Avenue.
and streetscape treatment. Collectively, enhancing the • Introduce an additional gateway along the
edges of the campus will improve the overall image eastern edge of campus at the terminus of
and identity of the institution. Recommendations N.W. Twenty-fifth Street. This new gateway is
include the following: anticipated to provide a dramatic entrance and
• Develop the N.W. Twenty-third Street edge with visual connection to the Wanda L. Bass Music
special emphasis on the N. Blackwelder and Center.
N. Kentucky Avenue entrances. This corridor
represents the quintessential campus-community Campus Quads and Pedestrian Malls
edge. Introduce canopy trees, turf grass, signage,
and enhanced foundation plantings. Reduce Open space is campus space. The Master Plan strives
parking on Noble Drive and reconfigure the to create memorable spaces for experiential learning
entrance and exit (see Chapter 3, “The Invited and student enrichment. New academic and residential
Car”). Partner with the City of Oklahoma City to quads will become the venues for social, spiritual,
enhance the streetscape as a university district. and recreational interaction. In addition to quads,
the development of pedestrian malls represents a
• Enhance the N. Virginia Avenue, N.W. Twenty-
significant and unique open space typology within the
eighth Street, and N. McKinley Avenue
core of Oklahoma City University’s campus. As the
corridors. Develop these edges with appropriate
primary pedestrian movement system on campus, these
streetscape elements, consistent sidewalk
linear malls represent the major spaces from which
treatment, tree plantings, banners, lighting,
students, faculty, and staff experience the university.
and building setbacks to establish a consistent
The hierarchy and design of the malls will enhance
both the pedestrian experience and the organizational
• Partner with the City of Oklahoma City to perception of the campus.With that spirit, the Master
energize the N.W. Twenty-fifth Street to Plan recommends enhancing existing outdoor spaces
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N. Classen Boulevard corridor. This edge is a and boldly creating new ones.
mixture of cultural, recreational, residential,
and parking facilities. With anticipated mixed- Administration Quad
use development, these edges represent the The administration quad serves as the ceremonial setting
opportunity to establish an entrance corridor to for the historic core of campus. Rich landscaping,
the Oklahoma City University campus. water features, and sculptures provide an identifiable
character for the center of campus. As one of the most
Campus Gateways recognized open spaces on the campus, this space will
always act as a crossroads for students, faculty, and
Campus gateways are defined as primary thresholds visitors. The Master Plan recommends strengthening
that provide an initial image to visitors arriving at the this space through careful parking removal, sidewalk
university. They provide the initial “ah-ha” moment realignment, and canopy tree infill. This major space
of arrival. More importantly, the designs of campus becomes the connection point and foundation from
gateways contribute to the overall understanding of which other open spaces are linked.
campus organization. They help facilitate movement,
functioning at both the pedestrian and vehicular scales. Law Quad
The campus gateways are intended to reinforce the Viewed as a “sister” to the administration quad, the law
perception of the university as an inviting, timeless, quad anchors the west end of campus. The development
and community-oriented institution. The Master Plan of this signature open space requires the removal of
recommendations are the following: Smith and Banning Halls and the expansion of the
• Provide a consistent open space treatment on Sarkeys Law Center. This exciting space is defined
and around the recommended campus gateways. by the Sarkeys Law Center, the Gold Star Memorial
The significance of these gateways should Building, Walker Hall, and the proposed Sarkeys Law
Center expansion. This space is also envisioned to
provide connectivity to the administration quad and
linkage across N. Kentucky Avenue to the stormwater
management area/common open space.
Business Mall and North Quad
The Meinders School of Business is an iconic three-
story facility with a traditional western-facing entrance
plaza. The Master Plan suggests extending a linear
pedestrian spine from this plaza westward across
campus through to the academic core. This pedestrian
mall, characterized as having a formal geometry of
walkways and plantings, begins to establish a powerful
campus-wide pattern. This includes linear open
space, consistent building setbacks, and a traditional
character. It is anticipated that this pedestrian mall will
extend to the west, terminating at the new north quad.
The north quad has an important role in redefining the
campus core. In addition to terminating the east-west
pedestrian mall, it establishes a new signature space
within campus, providing open lawn areas and canopy
tree cover. This new quad is situated on an existing
surface parking lot north of the McDaniel University
Center and the physical plant building. This future quad
is defined (clockwise) by the Henry J. Freede Wellness
and Activity Center, a new Science and Mathematics
Center, an expanded library, the McDaniel University
Center, and a new classroom building envelope.
This proposed signature open space is located on the
vacated N. Blackwelder Avenue road corridor and is
framed by the proposed east campus residence halls,
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the Bass Music Center, the Petree and Kirkpatrick
performance venues, and the Meinders School of
Business. It is situated at the terminus of N. Blackwelder
Avenue at the historic entrance. This important space
is envisioned to contain a rich tapestry of pedestrian
elements, fountains, sculpture, canopy trees, lawn,
and an outdoor performance space. Additionally, this
open space should link directly to the business mall
and connect the academic quad into a seamless open
The final component of the open space system is active
recreation fields, both for intercollegiate and intramural/
recreation uses. The Master Plan recommends the
development of a string of competitive and recreation
fields located along the northern edge of campus.
Positioned between N.W. Twenty-seventh and N.W.
Twenty-eighth Streets, these open spaces provide an
appropriate buffer between the campus and adjacent
neighborhoods. The university should develop a
lighted sidewalk system to facilitate safe east-west and
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Oklahoma City University currently maintains a
physical plant building that contains a central plant
providing steam and chilled water to a majority of
campus buildings. The central plant is located near the
middle of campus north of the McDaniel University
Center. This facility is located in an area that is not
aesthetically pleasing and consumes valuable land
area. The long-term recommendation of the Master
Plan suggests utilizing this location for higher and
The central plant contains centrifugal chillers, one
rotary screw chiller, ice storage tanks, boilers, pumps,
and cooling towers. The ice storage system was
originally designed to provide energy savings during
electrical peak times. In recent years, it has mainly
been used as additional capacity. According to current
operations personnel, the central plant is nearing
capacity for both steam and chilled water.
Existing and Proposed Infrastructure
Existing Steam, Chilled Water, Communications Utilities
Existing Communications Only
Proposed New Utilities
Oklahoma City University
Building Cooling Tons Cooling GPM Heating MBH Heating LB/HR
Sarkeys Law Center 90 152 995 1025
Walker Hall 119 288 1261 1300
Gold Star Memorial Building 152 367 1264 1303
Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel 92 221 797 822
Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Mgmt. 210 504 4195 4323
Clara E. Jones Administration Building 112 190 921 949
Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center/Petree Recital Hall 102 247 2193 2260
Dulaney-Browne Library 130 313 998 1029
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McDaniel University Center 250 520 1001 1032
Walker Center for Arts & Sciences 114 325 1854 1910
Wanda L. Bass Music Center 243 247 8506 8767
Norrick Art Center DX RTUs Gas-Fired RTUs
Meinders School of Business Air-Cooled Chillers Gas-Fired Boilers
Kramer School of Nursing 35 70 Electric Boilers
Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center 364 850 6900 7630
Centennial Hall 570 1141 328 9320
Sums 2,583 5,435 31,213 41,670
Building Cooling Tons Cooling GPM Heating MBH Heating LB/HR
Student Living Additions 73 174 561 579
Law Library Addition 127 306 1745 1798
Law Addition 64 153 872 899
Freede Addition 125 299 243 251
Classroom Addition 127 306 1745 1798
University Center Addition 96 230 96 230
Kramer Addition 143 344 1963 2023
Misc. Addition 100 239 1363 1405
Math & Science Addition 125 325 1854 1910
Future Housing 119 287 1636 1686
Future Housing 2 80 191 1090 1124
Future Housing 3 104 248 1418 1461
Sums 1,283 3,102 14,586 15,164
Steam and chilled water piping leaves the central plant Central Plant Systems
primarily via enclosed underground tunnels, which are Advantages:
routed to most of the campus buildings. The Meinders most energy-efficient systems
School of Business is a self-supporting facility and allows backup capacity to be shared between
does not receive steam or chilled water from the buildings
central plant. The steam supply to most buildings has most flexible option
historically been turned off during summer months. A maximizes maintenance personnel
few other buildings receive thermal energy via direct industrial-grade equipment has a longer life
buried pipes, rather than tunnels. The piping systems expectancy
were originally designed to serve the core campus area. Disadvantages:
As a result, the systems cannot currently serve new higher initial cost
buildings located on the outer edges of the campus, requires piping or tunnels to each building
such as the peripheral areas to the far east and west. difficult to add to existing central plant
In addition, the campus’s chilled water and steam
piping is currently near capacity of the pipes leaving The university has a desire to maintain the central plant
the central plant. concept of energy delivery; therefore, issues related to
the development of a consolidated central plant should
Long-Range Direction be addressed. That stated, the primary concern for
As Oklahoma City University constructs new facilities, energy systems is future capacity. As new buildings
the need for heating and cooling capacity will increase. are added, or as buildings are remodeled, the heating
There are three options for providing heating and and cooling requirements will increase. Additional
cooling to these new facilities: heating and cooling capacity will be required.
1. Packaged rooftop units with either gas or electric
heat In addition to capacity, additional distribution will
be required to serve buildings located on the campus
2. Individual boilers and chillers at each building periphery where steam and chilled water piping does
3. Extension of the central plant systems to new not currently exist.
As stated in earlier chapters of this planning document,
Each method of heating and cooling has advantages the long-range planning direction for the university is to
and disadvantages. These are summarized as follows: phase out the existing central plant in the campus core.
It is recommended that the central plant be relocated
Packaged Rooftop Units over a period of time. The phase-out could occur as
Advantages: the equipment located within the plant reaches the end
lower first cost of its useful life. It is important to note that a piping
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less mechanical room space required junction will need to remain in its existing location
Disadvantages: north of the McDaniel University Center. The utility
more points of maintenance tunnels here should not be relocated.
shorter service life
25% to 50% higher energy cost Proposed Action Plan
aesthetics of units on roof It is suggested that Oklahoma City University consider
zone control not very good the following recommendations:
1. A mechanical master plan, dedicated to the
Individual Boilers and Chillers study of long-term heating and cooling of the
Advantages: campus, should be undertaken. This study should
energy consumption closer to that of a central evaluate items such as life expectancy of the
plant existing systems, campus growth, utility rates
chilled water and heating water are flexible and billing, backup capability, first cost, energy
allows the use of variable air volume (VAV) cost, environmental impact, and the desires of
systems with good zone control the Master Plan.
chillers are noisy 2. The university should determine the preferred
requires more mechanical room space inside method of serving new buildings. This decision
building should use information from the mechanical
more points of maintenance master plan to aid in the economics of the
cannot provide backup capacity economically decision.
3. If the university desires to maintain a central
plant philosophy, a new satellite central plant
should be developed on the western section of time might be experienced on the aerial sections of the
campus. This new plant would serve two main system.
purposes. First, it would allow new main piping
to be routed to outer areas of campus. This is Long-range Direction
not currently possible due to restrictions at the As the university constructs new facilities in
existing central plant (in the academic core) and accordance with the Master Plan, the electrical
in the existing pipe sizes. Piping from the new demand of the university will increase. The existing
plant could “back-feed” into the existing piping medium voltage distribution system might not have
systems, making them more efficient. the ampacity rating or circuits required to handle
4. Once a new satellite central plant is operational, the new electrical loads. Furthermore, the existing
this facility should be funded and encouraged to medium voltage distribution system might not be in
expand over time. As equipment in the existing the best physical location to feed the new electrical
central plant ages, additional capacity could be loads. Therefore, it is likely that the existing university
added at the new plant. The new central plant medium voltage distribution system will need to be
should grow as the existing plant shrinks, until upgraded and expanded. Potential upgrades to the
the original central plant is no longer needed. university medium voltage distribution system could
include the addition of ducts and circuits, and the
Electrical Site Infrastructure upsizing of existing conductors. Expansion of the
university medium voltage distribution system could
Existing Conditions also include new duct banks, conductors, 15kV pad
The incoming Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) mounted switches, and pad mounted transformers.
power is metered at 12.47 kilovolt (kV) at two points
on campus. One meter is near N. McKinley Avenue and One other area of potential concern is the existing
N.W. Twenty-fifth Street. The other OG&E meter is OG&E distribution system. At present, OG&E’s
along N. Virginia Avenue near the existing Harris Hall distribution system is only capable of delivering a finite
residence life facility. The advantage of 12.47kV utility amount of energy to the university. As the electrical
metering is that the university pays lower electrical demand of the institution grows, it is possible that the
utility rates; however, Oklahoma City University must OG&E distribution system might have to be upgraded
own and maintain all 12.47kV distribution equipment in some areas.
on the load side of the OG&E meters.
The university medium voltage distribution system
The 12.47kV distribution system on campus includes has two sources from OG&E. How the university’s
overhead pole lines, underground duct banks, electrical load is balanced between the two OG&E
underground utility tunnels, pad mounted transformers, sources can have a direct impact on electrical utility
and pad mounted switching cubicles. Many of the costs for the university. If too much of the load is placed
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existing underground 12.47kV distribution system on one of the two OG&E feeds, then it is possible that
conductors appear to be sized at either #3/0 aluminum the university could incur increased demand charges.
or #2/0 copper. According to OG&E, there are still a Demand charges can be very significant in some
few small accounts that are separately metered. cases.
The existing Oklahoma City University-owned 15kV Proposed Action Plan
distribution system covers most of the campus. There It is suggested that Oklahoma City University consider
is some concern about how much extra ampacity is left the following recommendations:
in the 15kV distribution system for future expansion. 1. Prior to any major construction on campus,
OG&E should be consulted concerning their
According to Oklahoma City University personnel, ability to properly feed the increased electrical
most of the buildings fed from the university-owned load with their existing equipment.
15kV distribution system are not metered. Without 2. Whenever possible, aerial medium voltage
proper metering, it is difficult to determine where the distribution should be replaced with underground
energy dollars are being spent. medium voltage distribution to minimize the risk
of extended power outages.
All maintenance on the load side of the two 15kV
OG&E meters is the responsibility of Oklahoma City 3. Oklahoma City University should retain
University. In a major event such as an ice storm or a an electrical engineer to perform a detailed
tornado, it might be difficult to have the proper repairs electrical study of the existing electrical
completed in a timely manner. The aerial lines are far distribution system on campus. This proposed
more susceptible to damage than underground lines. electrical study would include the following:
During a major event, significant periods of down
• Defining all of the electrical loads supplied The existing underground OSP raceway system does
by the system not run throughout the entire campus.
• Defining the location and size of all duct
banks, aerial lines, transformers, and The condition of some of the OSP cables is in question.
switching cubicles Furthermore, it is not clear if all of the existing
cables will meet the university’s future bandwidth
• Identifying spare ducts requirements. Another issue is the potential lack of
• Defining which 15kV switches are normally empty OSP underground raceways in some parts of
• Developing a one-line electrical diagram for
the 15kV distribution system
The university should consider integrating a new
• Developing a detailed electrical site drawing information technology (IT) center into one of
that will show all 15kV duct banks, aerial the proposed facilities on campus. Any planning
lines, poles, transformers, and switching associated with the telecommunications OSP
cubicles infrastructure should take into account this future
• Performing a short circuit analysis to IT center, if possible. The OSP raceway system will
determine the available fault current at each need to be expanded so that a future IT center can be
transformer and switching cubicle connected to all of the buildings on campus.
• Performing a load flow analysis to determine Proposed Action Plan
the following: It is recommended that the university consider a
- Current flowing through each feeder survey of the telecommunications OSP raceways and
- Voltage drop on the system cabling. Such a survey could be conducted either by
• Analyzing the OG&E billing statements to in-house university telecommunications personnel or
determine the ideal loading of each of the by an outside consultant.
two OG&E feeds
Such a study will allow the university to This proposed survey should identify
• respond to maintenance issues in a more • the routing and size of all OSP pathways;
efficient manner; • the location of all telecommunications
• determine where the system is short on handholes, manholes, and pedestals;
ampacity; • the routing and description of all OSP cabling;
• plan for future expansion onto the system; • the location and type of all OSP splice
• minimize potential electrical utility demand enclosures;
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charges by preventing the unnecessary • the current and future OSP cabling needs for
overloading of one OG&E feed while each building on campus;
underutilizing the other.
• the location and identity of all telecommunica-
4. It is recommended that the university add tions demark points (where the communications
electrical submetering to all buildings on utility makes the connection to the Oklahoma
campus. There are two possible options City University cable plant).
concerning metering. The first option includes
an automatic meter reading system with Such a survey should allow for the university to
energy management software. The second • replace any cabling that is outdated;
option includes manually read meters. Electric • determine where the current OSP
submetering should allow the university to better telecommunications system is short of
define energy costs and identify any areas of
• plan for future expansion to the OSP
Telecommunications Outside Plant (OSP) telecommunications system;
• respond to maintenance issues in a more efficient
There are existing underground OSP telecommunica- • assure proper administrative labeling protocol
tions backbone cables that travel between buildings for all elements of the OSP telecommunications
on campus. According to Oklahoma City University system in accordance with the Electronic
personnel, the age and condition of these cables vary. Industries Alliance/Telecommunications Industry
Association (EIA/TIA) standards.
Partnering for Change
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Oklahoma City University is not an island, but
an institution in a complex and dynamic urban
environment. As a metropolitan campus, the university
has to not only define its edges, but also its adjacent
land uses and transitions. Oklahoma City University’s
long-term viability is directly linked to the stability of
the adjacent neighborhoods. This chapter describes
four specific opportunities that have been defined
through the Master Plan process to strengthen the
transitions between the campus and the city through
partnerships with neighbors, developers, community
groups, and the city.
Each of the strategies described in this chapter is based
on an underlying theme. If the campus context is made
better, then the campus will benefit; however, there
is only so much program and resource base that the
university can afford to build and maintain. Therefore,
to expand the university’s realm of influence, strategic
alliances should be formed.
Proposed Partnership Opportunities
Long-term Residential Opportunity
N.W. 23rd Street Opportunities and/or office. If residential uses are developed,
they could be seen as an extension of the university
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The Master Plan illustrates two potential mixed-use housing stock, diversifying the offerings for students.
opportunities on the southwest and southeast corners of Design the buildings to complement the university
the campus. The objective is twofold. First, extend the architecture. They should appear as extensions of the
character of the campus an additional block east and campus, but not necessarily part of it. Provide parallel
west along N.W. Twenty-third Street. Second, cultivate parking directly on N.W. Twenty-third Street and in
a partnership with a private development entity so that reserved spaces behind the facilities.
the university can influence the scale, character, and
land use of these mixed-use opportunities. A larger scale (and density) example of both
N.W. Twenty-third Street mixed-use facilities was
• The mixed-use opportunity at N. Kentucky
recently developed across from The Ohio State
Avenue and N.W. Twenty-third Street is
University on High Street. The university partnered
conceived to be a stand-alone structure with
with a development consortium to create the South
surface parking behind.
Campus Gateway. This initiative includes a five-story
• The mixed-use development at N. McKinley mixed-use development adjacent to the Moritz College
Avenue and N.W. Twenty-third Street is of Law. It contains first floor retail and residential above
envisioned to be incorporated into a multilevel that is reserved for law school and graduate students.
parking structure. The facility includes meeting space reserved for the
professional school. Also, as part of the South Campus
In both of these scenarios, provide automobile- and Gateway, a parking structure was “skinned” with three
pedestrian-oriented retail, and potentially market rate stories of student-oriented residential housing, which
residential. The buildings should be two to three stories appears like other housing developments from the
to help define an urban edge on N.W. Twenty-third street. This off-campus mixed-use endeavor has made
Street. Occupy the first floor with retail and/or office a tremendous impact on the character of the campus
space, and occupy the upper floors with residential and the city of Columbus.
N.W. 25th Street: University Village Neighborhood Change
The most natural future growth pattern for the university As stated in the opening paragraph of this chapter,
is eastward toward N. Classen Boulevard. The Master Oklahoma City University’s long-term safety and
Plan proposes creating a link along the N.W. Twenty- viability is directly linked to the stability of the
fifth Street corridor. This link is envisioned to be a adjacent neighborhoods. The neighborhoods to the
mixed-use university village and a complement to north of campus are unstable and perceived by students
the university fabric, and it will extend the university to be unsafe. If this area continues to deteriorate, the
character to N. Classen Boulevard. The presence of university will be forced to physically secure its edge
the United Methodist church on the eastern end of to ensure student safety. If, however, the neighborhood
N.W. Twenty-fifth Street serves as a visual, symbolic, stabilizes, it could be a positive asset for the university
and physical anchor. One additional element that by offering on-street parking for students near the
should be considered when developing this corridor campus, affordable housing options for faculty and
is Wilson House (the president’s residence). This staff within walking distance, and better security for
facility could be relocated/built on the N.W. Twenty- the entire campus.
fifth Street corridor to be near the university, but also
within a neighborhood setting. Some potential strategies for effecting change in the
northern neighborhoods include:
This university village will likely support only a small • Recreate a residential fabric by working with a
amount of retail, since it is not on a major corridor; residential developer to infill vacant properties
however, models that could be used for this type owned by the university.
of development are “new urbanist” retail centers,
sometimes called lifestyle centers. The concept is • Stabilize land values by encouraging home
simple—develop the street as a small mall, where ownership on properties controlled by the
retailers are selected to complement each other and the university and by working with the City of
university. The scale of this development is anticipated Oklahoma City.
to be two to three stories with market rate housing • Provide incentives for university staff to invest
above. in the neighborhoods, thereby encouraging home
ownership and reducing travel distances and the
need for on-campus parking.
• Work with the City of Oklahoma City to
provide small homeowner grants for property
improvements in the neighborhoods.
• Create an innovative development partnership to
encourage investment in the neighborhoods.
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• Participate in and help organize neighborhood
watch and cleanup programs.
• Lead neighborhood beautification projects, such
as street tree plantings and signage.
Alternative Campus Housing
The Master Plan highlights two additional parking
zones on N.W. Twenty-eighth Street. As part of an
innovative housing strategy, a series of single or
small-scaled multi-family units is envisioned. These
units could help conceal the campus parking lots from
the neighborhood and create a “defensible” edge to
the campus. Additionally, this university-controlled
One example of this lifestyle center concept is the housing could serve graduate students, faculty, and/or
Orenco Station development outside of Portland, staff.
Oregon. In this example, one block of retail anchors
the street with an additional one block of dense row
houses that continues the urban edge. This small village
center then transitions to a single-family residential
Views of the Master Plan
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It has been said that “a picture is worth a thousand
words.” This wordless chapter represents a graphic
summary of the entire master planning vision. It also
outlines, visually, the major initiatives in both two
and three dimensions. For those readers who absorb
material spatially, this chapter culminates the totality
of the planning goals and principles and encompasses
them into a rich visual tapestry.
The plan view of the Master Plan graphic is presented
as well as an aerial perspective view. Complete with
accurate vanishing points, the aerial view is divided
into four unique perspectives of the future Oklahoma
City University. Enjoy.
Legend: Existing Academic Building Existing Residential Building Proposed Mixed-use Plan View
Proposed Academic Building Proposed Residential Building
Legend: Existing Academic Building Existing Residential Building Proposed Mixed-use Aerial Perspective View
Proposed Academic Building Proposed Residential Building
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North Quad Mathematics Ctr
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Open Space Main Quad
Law Quad Seminary
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N. claSSeN Blvd.
N.W. 28th Street
N.W. 27th Street
N.W. 26th Street
Space Housing Mixed-use
N.W. 25th Street Entrance
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Housing Greek Housing
N.W. 24th Street
N.W. 23rd Street
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Proposed Proposed Proposed
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The following contributors to the planning effort played critical roles in the development of this
plan. This document is a reflection of their dedication, deliberation, and enthusiasm. “The life of
the process is reflected in the quality of the plan.”
Mr. Tom McDaniel, President of Oklahoma City University
Dr. Bernie Patterson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mr. Art Cotton, Vice President, University Advancement & External Relations
Mr. Brian Holland, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Bill Conger, General Counsel
Campus Advisory Community Advisory Trustee Strategic Planning Facilitation
Committee Committee Planning Committee Committee
Mr. Jim Abbott Mr. Sam Bowman Dr. Wanda Bass Ms. Mary Benner
Rev. Maggie Ball Mr. Dennis Clowers Mr. Henry Browne, Jr. Mr. Norwood Beveridge
Dr. Susan Barber Rev. Diane Cox-Crawford Dr. Gerald Gamble Dr. Tom Brown
Mr. Norwood Beveridge Mr. John Dugan Bishop Robert Hayes, Jr. Mr. Bill Conger
Ms. Sandy Cotton Ms. Jacque Fiegel Dr. Lou Kerr Mr. Art Cotton
Dr. Liz Donnelly Ms. Susan Hogan Dr. Ann Lacy Rev. Dr. Mark Davies
Dr. David Evans Dr. Ann Lacy Dr. Kurt Leichter Ms. Angela Do
Ms. Jacque Fiegel Dr. Herman Meinders Dr. Herman Meinders Dr. Donna Hodkinson
Dr. Rick Hall Mr. Bob Mier Dr. Ronald Norick Mr. Brian Holland
Mr. Lyndel Harris Ms. Robin Roberts Dr. William Shdeed Mr. Art LeFrancios
Mr. Larry Hellman Dr. Hossein Sarjeh-Payma Dr. Jerry Vannatta Dr. Bernie Patterson
Dr. Donna Hodkinson Ms. Janet Seefeldt Ms. Monica Storozyszyn
Mr. Michael Jackson Dr. William Shdeed Dr. Jerry Vannatta
Dr. Ann Lacy Dr. Jerry Vannatta
Dr. Herman Meinders Rev. Bennie Warner
Mr. Mark Norcott Ms. Alva Weaver
Dr. Bernie Patterson Mr. Wendel Whisenhunt
Mr. Jeff Riles Mr. Roy Williams
Dr. William Shdeed
Ms. Melanie Shelley
Dr. Elaine Smokewood
Ms. Monica Storozyszyn
Dr. Marvel Williamson
Campus Planning Team (JJR) Campus Planning Team (F+S+B)
Mr. Douglas Kozma Mr. Fred Schmidt
Mr. Cory Gallo Mr. Gary James
Ms. Deb Mitchell Mr. J.T. Little
Mr. Tim Rorvig Mr. Matt Overton
Ms. Diane Wilson-Kutcher
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