Site and Facility Enhancements
Greenhouse Learning Center
Students in Oklahoma State University’s Ferguson College of Agriculture
will soon have access to a new facility that will better prepare them to enter the profession al workforce.The Greenhouse Learning Center, a $6 million facility, will replace and improve functions of OSU’s existing teaching greenhouses that have been in use for decades. Greenleaf Nursery, one of North America’s largest wholesale nursery growers and long-time partner and supporter of OSU’s horticulture programs, has committed $1 million toward this new project. The Greenhouse Learning Center will feature six greenhouses, including an isolated entomology greenhouse, and head house, which includes a classroom, office space and plant-preparation area, as well as storage space for soil, equipment and chemicals such as fertilizer and pest-management materials. A large foyer will provide space for student club meetings. It also will house cutting-edge irrigation systems, intense climate and humidity control and other technology standard in today’s horticulture industry. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2019.
Greenhouse Learning Center Investment Opportunities
The creation of the Greenhouse Learning Center is part of a larger, division-wide plan to update and replace facilities. Private funding for the new Greenhouse Learning Center will be critical as DASNR leads OSU’s effort to become a modern land-grant university. Each of the following investment options will include appropriate naming recognition for the useful life of the facility. Giving options may be tailored to fit the needs and passions of individual donors.
Helms Hall (Dairy Center Student Housing)
Among the ongoing enhancements to the OSU Dairy Center is improved on-site student housing for those working at the center, thanks to funding from Larry and Kayleen Ferguson. Named Helms Hall in recognition of the principles embodied by Kayleen’s parents, her father – the late Kenneth Helms – earned a dairy science degree at OSU before marrying Kathleen Cunningham. Both went on to earn master’s degrees in education from OSU while teaching, championing the dairy industry and raising two daughters and a son.
New Ferguson Dairy Center Free-stall Barn
Oklahoma State University alumnus Larry Ferguson discovered a match made in heaven when he was working at the OSU Dairy Center in 1975, both in terms of his eventual career in the U.S. dairy industry and in the former Kayleen Helms. Forty years later, a $2 million gift from Larry and Kayleen Ferguson is proving instrumental in the construction of a new state-of-the-art, free-stall barn and other improvements at the dairy center.
New Oklahoma Foundation Seed Stocks Facility
Oklahoma Foundation Seed Stocks works to increase and distribute new wheat, peanut and grass varieties developed and released by DASNR, maintain the pure seed stock of older varieties, and increase and distribute crop varieties developed by other organizations that are adaptable to Oklahoma and released jointly with the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station. To handle the increasing demand, in November, 2016, OFSS broke ground on a new 20,000 square-foot space, which will include a separate cleaning facility. Once completed, the new complex is expected to make the OFSS staff’s jobs easier and the operation even more efficient and effective. Stay abreast of ongoing construction via the webcam or by clicking on a up-to-date snapshot.
Dr. Raymond Sidwell Research Facility
A lasting legacy serving Oklahoma agriculture. Construction of the new Dr. Raymond Sidwell Research Facility at DASNR’s North Central Research Station near Lahoma is progressing. The facility will have a conference room, offices and restrooms compliant with
the Americans with Disabilities Act, and will feature a large open bay design that will facilitate equipment and make possible field day events unimpeded by weather. Sidwell served as senior station manager for the 143-acre experiment station from June of 1980 until his passing in December of 2013. More than three decades of Sidwell’s meticulous management of the station allowed for major research efforts in wheat breeding and variety development, soil fertility, weed science, soybean varieties and cropping systems, grain sorghum variety trials, plant pathology and entomology.
Animal Nutrition Physiology Center
This building is being constructed to address the needs of two of the nine academic departments in the Division. These disciplines (Natural Resource Ecology and Management and Animal and Food Sciences) require safe and modern facilities capable of accommodating the electronic and analytical technology required for 21st century science.
The Facilities and Project Management Team provides support to the research stations through design and project management in conjunction with OSU Physical Plant. The office serves as a repository for drawings and historic documents for research stations. They also provide drafting services for new projects, prepare projects for bid and oversees project management until completion.
The office also supports the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources by assisting with design and management of facilities at OSU locations throughout the state. Many of our recent projects include new construction, laboratories, offices, repairs, remodels and landscaping.