The Student Center of any university is designed to be the “living room” of the campus. It should be the center of a student’s academic life with ample space for study, discussion, relaxation and entertainment.
The Overman Student Center (OSC) at Pittsburg State University was designed with this philosophy in mind. Originally constructed with funds from student fees and faculty contributions, the OSC has held true to this philosophy for more than 60 years.
The last major upgrade for our beloved OSC took place sixteen years ago. Since that time our campus enrollment has increased by nearly 1,200 students and that growth has placed a strain on the daily operations of the OSC.
Now you have an opportunity to help transform the OSC for a new generation of Gorillas.
Through the use of student fees, Pittsburg State will be able to expand and renovate the OSC, allowing it to truly be a student center designed for the modern student.
Current plans call for a $14 million expansion and renovation of the OSC. This would provide students with more than 44,000 square feet of new space, and allow crews to renovate nearly 25% of the current building.
Highlights of the plan include:
- · A New Student Activities Complex -- The current offices of SGA, SAC, Gorillas in Your Midst and the Campus Activities Center are hidden in the lower level and at opposite sides of the building. They will all be relocated to the new addition on the main level. All of these entities will be in the new high traffic location, on the “East Side Point” entrance. High visibility in a prime location for this new Student Activities hub will greatly enhance the co-curricular experience for all students.
- · Larger University Club & Additional Dining Options -- With the relocation of the student activities offices, the U-Club doubles in size, allowing for greater walk in use and larger programs. A new food service concept will also be added. A new staircase leading directly into the Gorilla Crossing will also bring much needed natural light from skylights shining all the way down from the second floor.
- · Additional Lounge space --As the living room for the campus, we be adding much need lounges.On the east side, a large informal space will greet you as you enter, leading right into an expanded seating area for the Gorilla Crossing.On the west side, a bump out behind Commerce Bank will give an additional lounge and study area, complete sunny views of the Oval.In the lower level Jungle Lounge, former activity offices are removed increasing the size of the space, also bringing in natural light.
- · New Meeting and Programming Space -- Current Meeting and Programming space is in great demand and currently cannot meet the need for our student organizations.We will add three rooms that will hold meetings for about 10 – 20 people, one room for 30 -50 and two very large rooms that are almost twice the size of the current Balkans Room.These two larger rooms will have the ability to be divided, making them more flexible for optimum use.
- · Straightening the second floor hallways.New hallways will be constructed and old ones reconfigured making it much easier to navigate.
- · A new reconfigured Crimson & Gold Ballroom.The Ballroom will get a much needed face-lift, allowing for cleaner lines of sight and better functionality.