University of Oklahoma College of International Studies
University of Oklahoma College of International Studies

University of Oklahoma College of International Studies

Norman, Oklahoma

38,000 GSF

The College of International Studies was established in 1996 to coordinate and promote international activities and programs, enhance the international content of the curriculum, and increase the university’s outreach on international matters.

The project included the exterior renovation of the west façade, which is now the front door of the college, and houses a 2-story lobby, elevator, and open stair. A 3-story element was added to the west facade to house the dean’s and staff offices, as well as a quiet study area on the first floor. New faculty offices and small conference and seminar rooms are located on the second and third floors.

The 3-story element houses International Student Services and Education Abroad, as well as three classrooms, a seminar room, a formal conference room, and the college’s living room. In addition, two new stair towers were constructed to improve building circulation and enhance emergency egress.


  • The space is served by mostly chilled beams and a few fan coil units with one or two dedicated outdoor AHUs providing the ventilation and exhaust. Dedicated outdoor AHUs serve pre-conditioned air to chilled beams and fan coil units. The unit has heating and cooling coils connected to the central steam and chilled water systems. The chilled beams receive heating hot water and chilled water mixed to higher temperature to prevent moisture at the coil.
  • Building utilizes energy recovery 100% outside air handling unit with total energy and sensible heat recovery wheels.
  • A wet sprinkler system was provided throughout the entire building.
  • Designed new lighting systems for the interior and exterior of the building.
  • Converted electrical distribution system from serving dormitories to office and administration spaces.
  • Designed rough-ins and pathways for voice and data systems.

Photography credit: Randy Alvarado Photography

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