Metro Diner Closes as TU Construction Proceeds

The Metro Diner has closed its doors and will soon be demolished to make way for expansion by the nearby University of Tulsa.
The restaurant operated at the 3001 E 11th St. location for 25 years and plans sell off remaining fixtures and memorabilia at a December 12th auction, according to owner Jim Rowenhorst.
The University of Tulsa plans to use the land as part of a new 11th Street entrance, which the university hopes will provide dramatic welcome the school’s 200-acre campus.
The entrance will include the Chapman Commons, Genave King Rogers Fountain Plaza and Collins Hall. A 30-foot stone sign will also mark TU’s new “front door.”
Set within the Chapman Commons, the Genave King Rogers Fountain Plaza will serve as a focal point for the new 11th Street campus entrance. The $4 million project is expected to be complete by fall 2008.
The first addition to the university’s new entrance, the $5 million, 7,500 SF Bayless Plaza was dedicated in September of 2006.
Collins Hall, a $9 million project, will consolidate many of the university’s student services – including financial aid and the office of admissions. The 35,000 SF, two-story building is also expected to house the president’s office and alumni offices.
Collins Hall incorporates both the Thelma Ruth Shaw Alumni Center and Whitney Hall and is expected to be complete in summer 2007.
Other ongoing campus construction projects include the $9 million Case Athletic Complex, which will provide facilities for TU student-athletes. The three-story, 30,000 SF structure includes a football locker room, training room, equipment storage, football offices, meeting rooms, football video production facilities, and a Letterman’s Lounge.
Additionally, the completed facility will provide counselor’s offices, private and group study areas, and a computer lab. The project is expected to be complete by summer 2007.
According to University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham’s “Presdient’s Letter to Campus”, the ongoing construction projects remain on schedule and within budget.
The university is expected to break ground on an addition to McFarlin Library in spring 2007.



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