The Norman Transcript

June 25, 2012

Radar, rowing facilities on OU regents’ agenda

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Radar Innovations Laboratory project and the Varsity Rowing Practice Center and Athletics Storage Facility, both on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, are among items to be discussed by the OU Board of Regents at its regular meeting Tuesday in Ardmore.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Noble Conference Center and Pavilion, 2510 Highway 199E, with items submitted by Cameron University and Rogers State University, then OU.

The Regents will talk about construction of the planned Radar Innovations Laboratory, which will provide space for radar researchers and enhance recruitment of top researchers in this field.

The approximately 36,000-gross-square-foot building will create open working space for research pertaining to the design, assembly and testing of radar system components.

The building will provide office space for 20 researchers and up to 60 graduate students, with supporting fabrication shops and test areas.

Additionally, two echo-free chambers will be installed within the test area.

Also on Tuesday, the regents will discuss construction of the Varsity Rowing Practice Center and Athletics Storage Facility.

The proposed 24,000-gross-square-foot building will house indoor practice facilities for the women’s intercollegiate rowing team and provide space to consolidate various Athletics Department storage needs.

The proposed rowing team facilities will include a “moving-water” rowing tank system that replicates the actual feel of rowing on open water, a team room, a training room, a workout area, office and meeting spaces, lockers and showers, and storage and laundry areas. The moving-water tanks allow coaches the ability to instruct athletes on rowing techniques and “race pace” interval work that could not be achieved anywhere other than on open water in a lake or river.

The next meeting of the OU Board of Regents is scheduled for Sept. 19 and 20 in Lawton.