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UCO Breaks Ground on New Liberal Arts Building Addition

A rendering of the expected look of the new addition to the Liberal Arts building, with simulated people and cars. A sign is in front of the building that reads “College of Liberal Arts” and logos for UCO and Beck Design are on the bottom right of the rendering.

Nov. 30, 2017

Media Contact: Sarah Neese, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2121, sneese@uco.edu

UCO Breaks Ground on New Liberal Arts Building Addition

As part of its mission to provide transformative teaching and learning experiences to its students and maintain a living and learning-centered environment, the University of Central Oklahoma continues to adapt to the evolving needs of the student population with the expansion of its existing Liberal Arts building.           

Central broke ground on the Liberal Arts building addition, scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, with a ceremony near the UCO Liberal Arts building, located on the eastern edge of campus. The 55,000-square-foot addition and renovation will include a state-of-the-art lecture hall, an atrium that frames a collaborate study stair area, a coffee bar, 15 new classrooms and 30 new faculty and staff offices.

“Virtually every undergraduate student passes through the halls and classrooms of the Liberal Arts building on their journey to gaining the foundational learning that is critical to our mission,” said UCO President Don Betz.

“The disciplines taught here will now have adequate space needed for teaching and learning, for collaboration, and for formal and informal gatherings; the space that will reflect the College of Liberal Arts’ central value to the university.”

Beck Design, in coordination with Lippert Brothers, Inc., designed the addition, with a cost of $18.3 million, funded through a master lease bond issue.

For more information about Central’s College of Liberal Arts, visit www.uco.edu/la.

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Editor’s Note: Download art associated with the release at https://media.uco.edu/press/CLAGroundbreaking11.17.

Cutline 1: The University of Central Oklahoma recently broke ground on its expansion to the Liberal Arts building, a 55,000-square-foot addition and renovation, which will include a state-of-the-art lecture hall, an atrium, 15 new classrooms and 30 new faculty and staff offices. Pictured from left to right, at the groundbreaking event on Nov. 29, are Gary Steward, Ph.D., associate vice president for institutional effectiveness; Kevin Tero, assistant director of architectural and engineering services at UCO; John Barthell, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs; Don Beck, founder and principal architect at Beck Design; Tom Lippert, president of Lippert Brothers, Inc.; UCO President Don Betz; Catherine Webster, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Regent Mark Stansberry; Angela Long, a Central student and member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Board; and Sarah Dumas, UCO alumna and chair of the College of Liberal Arts Advocacy Council.

Cutline 2: Seen here in a rendering by Beck Design, the University of Central Oklahoma’s addition and renovation to its existing Liberal Arts building will be 55,000 square feet and will include a state-of-the-art lecture hall, an atrium, 15 new classrooms and 30 new faculty and staff offices.