ORU official says construction of Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center ahead of schedule

By Natasha Mitchell ('94)

Student CenterWith the exceptionally mild winter thus far, construction is well ahead of schedule on Oral Roberts University's new Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center.

"The concrete foundations have been cast and the building's concrete slab was placed yesterday in advance of the structural steel building frame, which will begin arriving near the end of the month," said Tim Philley, ORU executive vice president and chief operations officer. "Steel columns and beams will begin to be erected in early April, at which time the size and shape of the overall building will begin to take form."

The new 28,000-square-foot facility is scheduled for completion in January 2013. Renderings can be viewed online at http://www.hammercenter.org/.

According to ORU's Information Technology Department, the game-tech area of the Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center has been changed from a three-game station to a four-game station to make room for ORU students who wish to participate in Nintendo Wii games that involve at least four to six people. The students will also have an Internet cafe station with six computers available for to utilize Facebook, watch a YouTube video, check email or do other online uses.

A giant video wall is planned to be 12 feet high by 21 feet wide in size, where four cable TV channels will usually be shown. The wall is also available for displaying one image for a movie night, an important sports event, or even a video game competition on the biggest gaming screen in Tulsa.