Sarkeys Law School

 

The Oklahoma City University Law School had outgrown its location in the iconic Gold Star Memorial Building. OCU selected five architectural firms for a design competition.

Howard and Associates was selected as the architect to design the new law school facility.
A two story structure built into a hill of a sloping site was designed. The building was oriented to have a prominent entry to 23rd street.

Two building wings were designed off the central entry. The second floor includes legal studies rooms, administrative and faculty offices.

A two story open atrium with center staircase and balconies connect the two floors. Large expanses of glass were used in the design. A large outdoor balcony space covering part of the first floor was constructed overlooking an outdoor courtyard plaza.

The first floor classrooms were designed with theater seating built into the slope of the hill. A large moot courtroom was included in the design.

The first floor student center and circulation spaces look out to the courtyard. The building exterior design elements include a series of round columns set against brick and cast stone walls.

The use of sloped standing seam metal roofing, brick and cast stone compliments the architectural style of other OCU campus buildings.

Oklahoma City University hired H&A to design a modern state of the art nursing school.  Two separate wings connected by a central entry lobby accessible from each side were designed.  One wing includes administrative and faculty offices and the second wing is for classrooms.

A continuous sloped standing seam metal roof runs the length of the building covering portions of the diamond shaped wings, creating a contemporary appearance.  Interior geometric stepped ceiling forms are integrated into the design.