For OSU grads, this attractive new alumni center strengthens the ties that bind.
A culmination of years of growth and planning and a desire to recognize the importance of Oklahoma State University alumni ushered in the need for a facility that would resonate with the rich history and tradition of “America’s Brightest Orange.” This facility is a welcoming place that alumni can identify with and use as a hub for their activities during return trips to campus serving as “a home away from home” for current and future alumni.
The award-winning center design provides a wide range of articulate and thoughtful spaces to support the various activities of alumni. Following a series of design charrettes, the decision was made to dedicate the first floor to public spaces, separate from administrative needs on the second floor. Other specialized areas were incorporated into the design including a visitor center, office and meeting spaces, public lounges, and specialized rooms for conferences, meetings and dinners.
Exhibits depicting and honoring various OSU alumni are located throughout the facility, highlighted against a backdrop of cream walls, wooden flooring, and banners in the school’s colors of orange, black and white. A centralized waiting area features an elevated ceiling and flooring, both done in warm golden wood, and showcases a functional stone fireplace.
Creation of this new alumni center, financed by the ConocoPhillips Company, presents an opportunity to develop unique relationships between the alumni association’s staff and members, ultimately resulting in a stronger organization. With the completion of this facility, the OSU Alumni Association not only fulfills its previous two missions, “A Century of Serving Alumni” and “Bringing Dreams to Life,” but it also creates a self-fulfilling destiny for its current mission, “Connections for Life.”