Providing students with expanded healthy dining options and keeping them safe during severe weather. Those are just two driving factors behind the recently opened Chapman Dining Hall on the Rogers State University Claremore campus.
The 17,000 square-foot facility includes an open dining space with capacity to serve up to 1-thousand students per meal.
The Chapman Dining Hall has a storm shelter in the basement large enough to provide short-term protection for all campus residents during severe weather. It has two entrances, separate ventilation from the rest of the building and has a backup natural gas-powered generator donated by ONEOK.
The $5,000,000 project was funded through donations, university funds and proceeds from revenue bonds.
More than half of the funds have come through private donations, including a $1 million lead gift from the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust.
The Chapman Dining Hall is part of a larger residential life improvement plan. Construction is currently underway on University Village C, the Claremore campus' third student apartment complex.
When completed in fall 2015, University Village C will add more than 300 beds on campus, bringing the number of campus residents to more than 800.
These new campus additions will help enhance the traditional college experience found at Rogers State, which remains the only public, four-year residential university serving the Tulsa metro area.
For more information, visit www.rsu.edu.