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Title: ORU development
Post by: Townsend on September 23, 2009, 12:51:07 pm
I was curious, with the announcement of ORU being debt free,

http://www.newson6.com/global/story.asp?s=11183010 (http://www.newson6.com/global/story.asp?s=11183010)

would there be new development or maybe alot of catching up on the upkeep?

I realize they've done some fixing of the campus but it could use more.

Anyone have any info?


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: sgrizzle on September 23, 2009, 12:55:23 pm
They are doing a major drainage/landscaping project right now.


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: Townsend on January 25, 2012, 02:43:13 pm
ORU breaks ground on first building in 30 years

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=330&articleid=20120125_330_0_OralRo241290 (http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=330&articleid=20120125_330_0_OralRo241290)

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Oral Roberts University formally broke ground Wednesday on its first new building in three decades.

The $12.5 million Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center will be located on vacant land just east of the prayer tower on campus.

“I told the architects I wanted this to be about food, fun and fellowship,” ORU President Mark Rutland told several hundred students, alumni and employees who gathered for the ceremony. “This is a long-time dream coming to pass.”

He said plans to build a student union were discussed years ago, but were set aside until recently.

Rutland said the 28,000-square-foot building is expected to be open by January, 2012.

Jacquie Cardone, who chaired the fundraising drive for the building with her husband, Michael Cardone, said the new building sends a message to the community that “we’re alive and we’re on the move ... Student life here on this campus is a priority."

The drive raised the money to fully fund the project.

Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=330&articleid=20120125_330_0_OralRo241290


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: Conan71 on January 25, 2012, 02:50:49 pm
Oh, so Richard's DUI arrest was just a precursor of PR for this project.  It's all perfectly clear now!


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: Teatownclown on January 25, 2012, 02:55:48 pm
I no longer care what they do....I'm fine with anything at 81st and Lewis. The Greens saved this from becoming a white elephant or some extremist taking the place over and making us all look like dopes for another 30 years....


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: Townsend on January 25, 2012, 02:58:31 pm
Oh, so Richard's DUI arrest was just a precursor of PR for this project.  It's all perfectly clear now!

Oh yeah.  

"Come to our student center.  We party our asses off here at ORU.  Then we hop in our car with our secret friend, blaze up, and rage through town at 100 mph.  Praise Him."


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: dsjeffries on January 25, 2012, 03:02:50 pm
Rutland said the 28,000-square-foot building is expected to be open by January, 2012.

They'd better hurry up with construction; they only have 7 days remaining in January!

@Teatownclown: You really think ORU isn't a giant white elephant full of extremists already?


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: Teatownclown on January 25, 2012, 03:10:29 pm


@Teatownclown: You really think ORU isn't a giant white elephant full of extremists already?

Not today. Used to be.

Just glad it's not deep in debt, dilapidated, and dopey....


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: Conan71 on January 25, 2012, 03:36:50 pm
Oh yeah.  

"Come to our student center.  We party our asses off here at ORU.  Then we hop in our car with our secret friend, blaze up, and rage through town at 100 mph.  Praise Him."

I wonder if Richard is a Juggalo?

(http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/cultist/JuggaloCarjacker.jpg)


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: TheArtist on January 25, 2012, 04:01:26 pm
  Wonder what the building will look like?  The campus is home to one of the worlds largest collections of "Furutist" architecture.  Second only to perhaps Brazilia the capital of Brazil.  I hope the new building is either very modern and or has some futurist look to it.


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: Hoss on January 25, 2012, 04:10:17 pm
 Wonder what the building will look like?  The campus is home to one of the worlds largest collections of "Furutist" architecture.  Second only to perhaps Brazilia the capital of Brazil.  I hope the new building is either very modern and or has some futurist look to it.

It's so futuristic we can't see 'em constructing it!

Sorry, I couldn't restrain it any longer...

 8)


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: SXSW on January 25, 2012, 05:30:24 pm
Rendering...will be located just east of the Prayer Tower where there is vacant land and a parking lot.
(http://www.tulsaworld.com/articleimages/2012/20120125_renderoru11122225555.jpg)


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: nathanm on January 25, 2012, 05:42:07 pm
(http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2010/12/5/47ac5f0a-ff61-4c7c-8f1a-523f91c4eddd.jpg)


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: bacjz00 on January 25, 2012, 10:07:08 pm
Wait....Armand Hammer?  Really?


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: Red Arrow on January 25, 2012, 11:48:39 pm
Wait....Armand Hammer?  Really?

When I was a kid, I always thought it was Arm and Hammer because of the picture on the box of baking soda.


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: tulsa1603 on January 26, 2012, 12:00:53 am
When I was a kid, I always thought it was Arm and Hammer because of the picture on the box of baking soda.

lol

Sometime in the mid 1980's there was a traveling Armand Hammer exhibition that my parents viewed in Tulsa, at Philbrook I assume, and until they explained it to my 7 year old brain, I imagined it being a bunch of baking soda boxes.


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: dbacks fan on January 26, 2012, 02:20:19 am
I wonder if Richard is a Juggalo?

(http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/cultist/JuggaloCarjacker.jpg)

As much as it pains me to say it, the pic on the left looks like my son.


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: DTowner on January 26, 2012, 11:30:07 am
Wait....Armand Hammer?  Really?

There is a Tulsa connection to the Armand Hammer family that also runs through the evangelical/faith healing community.  However, not sure if this is how this came about.


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: Conan71 on January 26, 2012, 02:09:32 pm
There is a Tulsa connection to the Armand Hammer family that also runs through the evangelical/faith healing community.  However, not sure if this is how this came about.

Wasn't Armand Hammer the owner or major share-holder in Occidental Petroleum?  I recall at one time the traveling Armand Hammer art exhibit came through Tulsa about 20 or so years back.


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: swake on January 26, 2012, 02:39:30 pm
Wasn't Armand Hammer the owner or major share-holder in Occidental Petroleum?  I recall at one time the traveling Armand Hammer art exhibit came through Tulsa about 20 or so years back.

Yes he was. And Armand Hammer’s great grandson, Armie Hammer, played the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: Townsend on January 31, 2013, 12:13:26 pm
So driving by ORU the other day, I realized how much better they could make that place look just by making some of that surface parking a bit greener.

It can't not be obvious to anyone pulling onto that property.

Same goes for the medical center across the street but that's another story.

I know, it's a dead horse laying there and I'm holding a stick, but damn, what an ugly campus.


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: Red Arrow on January 31, 2013, 12:57:00 pm
So driving by ORU the other day, I realized how much better they could make that place look just by making some of that surface parking a bit greener.

I don't believe green paint will help much.   :D


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: Townsend on January 31, 2013, 12:57:43 pm
I don't believe green paint will help much. 

and then


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: Red Arrow on January 31, 2013, 12:59:05 pm
and then

Additional earthy color paints?


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: Townsend on January 31, 2013, 01:16:35 pm
Additional earthy color paints?

Yeah, it's just not getting it there.


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: DolfanBob on January 31, 2013, 02:33:47 pm
I have to agree Towny. The Mabee Center parking lot looks like a vast Desert Prairie.
But hey, you should be able to spot a car jacking with no problem.


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: SXSW on December 08, 2013, 10:36:34 am
I went to an event at ORU yesterday and noticed the Armand Hammer student center for the first time.  Really nice looking building and sorely needed on a campus of outdated (though architecturally interesting) buildings.  Some pics I found on Google:

(http://gurustu.co/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ORU-Hammer-Center-300x225.png)

(http://gurustu.co/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ORU-Hammer-Center-projection-300x225.png)


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: SXSW on December 02, 2019, 09:56:16 pm
New developments planned for the OSU campus: https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/education/oru-announces-massive-million-fundraising-campaign-to-continue-university-s/article_64308cdf-8c6b-5b30-ba7a-106f642992be.html (https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/education/oru-announces-massive-million-fundraising-campaign-to-continue-university-s/article_64308cdf-8c6b-5b30-ba7a-106f642992be.html)

The article states that enrollment has increased from 3,000 students in 2008 to 4,100 students currently.  That's nearly the same size as TU.



Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: ComeOnBenjals on December 03, 2019, 09:05:50 am
Nice! Strong universities means a stronger Tulsa.

The David Green family has promised to match every campaign gift up to $45 million with a 3-to-1 match.

That's some serious financial backing right there, wow.


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: shavethewhales on December 03, 2019, 10:53:26 am
I've never been impressed with ORU, but I guess I'd rather them continue to improve and expand their campus than stay small and dumpy. It's sad that ORU is having to pick up the slack where TU is failing.


Title: Re: ORU development
Post by: Vision 2025 on December 04, 2019, 09:50:20 am
I have to agree Towny. The Mabee Center parking lot looks like a vast Desert Prairie.
But hey, you should be able to spot a car jacking with no problem.
Once upon a time it was a great place to run sail trikes  ;D