Modernizing Murdaugh Hall … FSB takes a Depression-era college dorm from outdated to outstanding.
For this project, FSB provided A/E services for a major renovation of Murdaugh Hall, a dormitory on the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) campus in Edmond, Oklahoma. Constructed in the 1930’s, the building is one of UCO’s oldest facilities, and it required major building systems and cosmetic upgrades.
After soliciting feedback from the university’s administration, students, faculty and employees, the FSB team started with an energy and code analysis of the existing 100,000 SF, three-story facility. The electrical and mechanical systems were then updated to meet current needs and safety codes.
Included in the MEP work was the installation of a fan coil in each of the building’s 140 dorm rooms, with individual controls that allow students to set their preferred temperature. Life safety systems, including fire sprinklers and fire alarms, also were installed — features that had not been in the building previously.
The dorm’s interior floors, walls and ceilings received a complete cosmetic overhaul during the project, including the main lobby and sun room. Showers and restrooms were modernized throughout and new lavatory sinks installed in each dorm room.
To add a showpiece area to the building, the exterior south plaza was expanded outward from the building’s basement level. FSB’s designers transformed the area into an amphitheater-style gathering space, where as many as 250 people can participate in concerts and other events.
Completed, the revitalized Murdaugh Hall is now home to approximately 280 UCO students.