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In 2014, OSU Institute of Technology began studying a unique opportunity to show its commitment to the Okmulgee community while simultaneously increasing housing options for students.
Two properties in downtown Okmulgee were purchased in early 2015— The “Grand Old Post Office” complex on the northeast corner of Grand Avenue and Fifth Street and the Bell Block Building on the northeast corner of Morton Avenue and Sixth Street.
The first to undergo renovation is the Grand Old Post Office. Construction started in late 2016, and it’s scheduled to open in early 2018. The GOPO Building, as its been called, will house 75 students in loft-style apartments as well as offer common spaces including a community kitchen, laundry facility, study nooks and outdoor patio. This facility provides apartments for students that are at least 21 years old. Students currently enrolled and living on campus will have priority in housing assignments to the new residence halls. First time students will be assigned available space on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about living in the GOPO Building, visit the Residential Life website.
A lot of consideration and care has gone into retaining as much of the historic 100-year-old building as possible. Barn and fire doors will be used as decoration; skylights will be repurposed as light fixtures as well as doors, doorknobs and fixtures.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Three years ago, when university officials started looking for a downtown building to convert into student housing, they wanted to make a “big statement” with the location they chose. Maybe Okmulgee’s tallest building. Or a particularly beautiful piece of architecture. Or perhaps impress people with sheer size and redevelop an entire city block. Instead, they bought the Grand Old Post Office.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
After three years, the Grand Old Post Office had its grand opening Tuesday morning. It will now be the home to 75 Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology students. For one day only, members of the community stopped by the building located at the corner of East 5th Street and North Grand Avenue.
Thursday, November 14, 2017
Last month, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Oklahoma recognized OSU Institute of Technology and Oakridge Builders, the contracting company for the Grand Old Post Office Student Housing building, at their annual Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
The grand opening of the Grand Old Post Office Student Housing is set for Tuesday, Nov. 28. A private ribbon-cutting ceremony for invited guests is scheduled for 10:30 am The building will officially open to the general public beginning at 11:30 am and visitors are welcome to come and go for an exclusive preview of the building’s impressive features. Semi-guided tours will be offered throughout the day and evening; the last tour will be offered at 8:30 pm
Monday, October 16, 2017
Watch FOX23 News' video about the OSUIT Grand Old Post Office Student Housing that will house 75 OSU Institute of Technology students in January.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
For the second consecutive year, Okmulgee native Carmen Taylor was selected as the winning muralist at the annual Food for Thought event Tuesday evening. Nearly 170 people from the Okmulgee and OSU Institute of Technology communities took part in the event. Four finalists presented their designs for the east wall of the OSUIT Grand Old Post Office Student Housing.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
When the OSUIT Grand Old Post Office Student Housing opens its doors to students in January 2018, there will be a two-story mural greeting them on the building’s east wall that celebrates OSU Institute of Technology and its partnership with the community. And both the OSUIT and Okmulgee communities are invited to take part in choosing what the mural will be at the second Food for Thought event.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
With only a few months left until the renovation of the OSUIT Grand Old Post Office Student Housing is complete, crews are finishing up rooms and common spaces at OSU Institute of Technology’s newest student housing facility in downtown Okmulgee.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Transformative changes are occurring for OSUIT students. Through continual innovation, exciting new initiatives and the pursuit of excellence, the OSUIT PROUD fundraising campaign will have an immediate positive impact on our students and the industries they become a part of.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between education institutions and businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Last week Okmulgee resident Hazel Rissler and several of her friends cooked and served lunch to the construction crews working on the downtown student housing project.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
With demolition of certain areas within the two-building Grand Old Post Office complex at Grand Avenue and Fifth Street complete and interior construction underway, the vision of apartments and lofts is becoming more of a reality every day.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Rick Wells from KOTV’s News Channel 6 and Cailey Dougherty from FOX 23 in Tulsa visited with OSU Institute of Technology President Bill R. Path Wednesday and toured the Grand Old Post Office currently under construction in downtown Okmulgee.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
It’s been almost a year since OSU Institute of Technology purchased two properties in downtown Okmulgee with the intention of renovating and restoring the buildings for student housing. And while the buildings don’t look all that different, there has been a lot of behind-the-scenes work going on with the project, particularly on the former post office complex, referred to as the Grand Old Post Office, on the northeast corner of Grand Avenue and Fifth Street.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Since the beginning, when the idea of OSU Institute of Technology renovating a property in downtown Okmulgee for student housing was first conceived, students have been part of the conversation.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
The OSU-A&M Board of Regents on June 19 selected architects and construction management firms for the next phase of OSU Institute of Technology’s student housing project in downtown Okmulgee.
Mural Time Lapse