The Edmond Sun

Oklahoma State House

July 16, 2014

NOC Enid breaks ground for dorms

ENID, Okla. — Wednesday’s rain held back just long enough for the early afternoon ground-breaking ceremony for a new 84-bed dormitory at Northern Oklahoma College Enid.

About 75 college officials, college regents and local dignitaries attended the ground-breaking on the south side of Maine just north of NOC’s existing Earl Butts dormitory.

“We’re excited that a year from now, students will be able to move in,” NOC President Cheryl Evans told the assembled crowd.

Evans thanked members of Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education who made funding possible for the project.

Fred Schmidt and Jason Holuby, with the architectural firm Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates, were among dignitaries present. The company designed dormitories for the Enid and Tonkawa campus, intended to cost no more than $5 million each.

“After days of meetings and collaboration, we are so pleased with the design,” Evans said.

Funding for the construction was arranged through the Oklahoma State Regents Real Property Master Lease Program for new student housing.

Glen Johnson, chancellor of Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, called Wednesday “a special day for the community and the college.”

Scott Skidmore, vice president of operations for Nabholz Construction Services, said contractor bidding on the project is expected to begin about the third week of August and construction should begin shortly thereafter, in early September.

Rick Edgington, NOC registrar, said about 1,300 students attend NOC Tonkawa, about 1,000 attend NOC Enid, and about 1,600 attend NOC Stillwater, but the Stillwater students include some who primarily are Oklahoma State University students.

The dormitory is expected to be completed in time for the fall semester of the 2015-16 academic year.

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