by Lance Turner
Posted 12/19/2013 01:48 pm
Updated 8 months ago
Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia is busy with a pair of building projects that will breathe new life into existing structures.
On Dec. 13, OBU President Rex Horne unveiled plans to upgrade its 7,000-seat football stadium. The project includes renaming the stadium in honor of Cliff Harris, an All-Conference and All-America safety for the Tigers in the 1960s and All-Pro safety for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970s.
The initial $2.5 million renovation was designed by Lewis Architects Engineers of Little Rock and is set to begin in early spring. OBU expects to select contractors next month. Renovations include updates to stadium seating, the press box and the parking lot.
“I could not be more thrilled with the prospect of having a new football stadium for our Tigers to play in beginning next fall,” Horne said. “Our stadium is the first thing many people pass on the way to our beautiful campus. For many years improvements have been needed. Now a generous gift and challenge makes this construction possible.”
The university said funding comes from an unnamed donor who have given money through a matching challenge for renovation. Horne and the university said they will spend the next 120 days seeking more money for the project as part of a fund-raising drive called the “100-Yard Campaign.”
The stadium renovation is scheduled to be complete by fall.
OBU is also working on an $800,000 project to renovate the home of its visual arts program, Moses-Provine Hall.
The project includes a new front façade and entrance; new gallery space; renovations to classrooms and offices; and a new elevator. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring and be finished by fall.
OBU plans to rename the department for 1963 alumna Rosemary (Gossett) Adams, who donated money toward to the renovation.