Finish work begins on OKWU's Keating Center construction

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Construction work on Oklahoma Wesleyan University's new Keating Center — announced last fall to house the Bartlesville university's business school — is now in its finishing stages.

"We are about 90 percent complete in the rough-in stage and are starting the finishing," Boldt Construction project superintendent Jeff Swart told 2NEWS Thursday.

Its slab poured in May, the 2-story building a month later took on a third-dimension as workers assembled the structure's supporting steel skeleton. During the two months since, crews have completed the building's dry-in, installed its drywall and among other tasks, have laid the roof with red tile — tying it in to the campus' Spanish/ Mediterranean motif.

Now workers are painting the interior, laying flooring and installing electrical and ceilings. Currently on average 45 workers are on the site daily, some even working on finishing the building's exterior.

"We should be doing sidewalks over the next few weeks," said Swart, saying so far, the project appears to be on schedule.

"We are going right on pace and its looking like we are going to meet our original turnover date in December."

He explained Boldt is due to complete the project and have the building ready for occupancy by Dec. 14.

At that time, the 16,560-square-foot building's ground floor will host the Chesapeake Energy School of Business, consolidating the university's business school under one roof, and will feature faculty offices as well as a lecture room with simulcasting capabilities.

The upper floor will host seven classrooms and a lab for the communications department.

Named in honor of former Oklahoma Gov. Frank and his wife, the institute will be devoted to the study of free enterprise, constitutional liberty, the rule of law, federalism and Judeo-Christian values — all principles for which stood.

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