Ground breaking at Connors State-NSU site

A joint education venture between Northeastern State University and Connors State College moved a step closer to reality at last month’s groundbreaking ceremonies for a new classroom building at NSU’s Muskogee campus.
NSU President Don Betz and Connors State President Donnie Nero were joined by civic and education leaders to celebrate the start of construction of the 10,000-SF building.
The facility will house a campus bookstore, library, the schools’ Child Development Program, classrooms and administration offices. The estimated cost for the project is $2.2 million, which is being funded through Oklahoma Capital Improvement Authority bonds allocated to Connors.
Oakridge Builders Inc. is the construction project manager. Tentative plans call for construction to start in February with a completion date set for early 2011.
“We’re hoping to be able to start occupying the new facility at the start of the spring semester in January 2011,” Nero said. “The contractors believe that with good weather that is a very strong possibility.”
The current site of the Connors downtown Muskogee campus on Court Street, which houses 1,100 students, will close and revert to the City of Muskogee, which provided the facility to the college.
NSU-Muskogee features two academic buildings, constructed in 1993 and 2001, with 70,000 SF of classroom and laboratory space.

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