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New building construction is on schedule


From left: Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D., OSU-CHS vice-president of Sponsored Programs, Research and Institutional Advancement, David Wallace, Ph.D., assistant dean for Research, and Robert Allen, Ph.D., professor and chair of Forensic Sciences, look over construction progress for the shared forensic sciences and biomedical research facility.

TULSA, Okla. — Construction of a new biomedical and forensic sciences research facility on the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences campus is on schedule for a 2010 opening. OSU-CHS and the City of Tulsa broke ground Feb. 20 on a shared facility that will house forensic sciences and biomedical research interests. The facility is on schedule and structural concrete is approximately two-thirds finished, according to Eric Polak, director of administrative affairs at OSU-CHS.

The last floor deck is scheduled to be poured in early September. Installation has begun for the duct work on the first floor and framing for the outer skin is starting to be installed.

The 160,000 square-foot building will have five floors; floors one and two for police department use, and floors three, four and five for OSU-CHS. Completion for the OSU floors is projected for early November 2010.

The first phase of construction will complete for OSU the third-floor forensic sciences area, featuring a seminar style teaching lab, faculty and staff offices, and the forensic biology, pathology and toxicology student labs and clinical labs. There will be expansion space that can accommodate two labs and a 24-seat classroom.

The fourth floor has labs and offices for 12 biomedical sciences faculty members, procedure rooms, a dark room and a cold room. Later, phase two will build out the fifth floor for additional biomedical science research labs and faculty offices.

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Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer nine graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates six clinics, five in Tulsa and one in Enid. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.