1999 - Education Awards - Beautification & Landscaping - The University of Oklahoma
THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
The University's chant describes "a campus beautiful by day and night,"
but that's not exactly how you would have described patches of Oklahoma
Bermuda, ugly bicycle racks and the ragged flowerbeds which marked the
Norman campus prior to 1995. It was then that President David Boren and
his wife Molly arrived with a spectacular vision for OUincluding giving
the university its own "central park." With Molly Boren as their
cheerleader, the OU landscape department set out to create it.
The result has been a nearly unbelievable makeover! Today, you'll find
new gardens, sculptures, 232 new benches, thousands of new trees,
historical markers on buildings, crimson phone booths, a 2500 square
foot Italian fountain and tons of Stigler stone. The incredible changes
to the campus have many layers of benefits. The aesthetic benefits are
obvious. The gorgeous campus is a boon to student and donor recruiting.
But the Borens feel probably the greatest benefit is educational. OU
students will understand the importance of beautiful greenspaces and
will feel more inclined to work for and protect them wherever they
might live in the world. THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA - BEAUTIFUL BY DAY AND NIGHT AND CERTAINLY GOOD NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA'S ENVIRONMENT!
Posted on 05/01/1999
by Sonny Wilkinson filed under