Director of OU's A&E Services Announces Retirement
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NORMAN – Michael Moorman, Director of the University of Oklahoma’s Architectural and Engineering Services and University Architect, has announced his retirement, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Moorman joined the OU staff in 1982 and since 1995 has served as Director of A&E Services, during which time he has guided more than $1.6 billion in new construction or major renovation projects for OU’s Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa campuses. He is responsible for the capital improvements program on all three campuses and long-range campus planning for the University.
“Michael Moorman has made an enormous contribution to the university and our three major campuses. His legacy will be long and gratefully remembered,” said OU President David L. Boren.
A licensed architect, Moorman first served as Assistant Director for A&E Services and as the University’s Campus Planner, during which time he earned a Master of Business Administration from OU.
At the University, he has overseen major projects for numerous academic and research facilities, including comprehensive development planning for OU’s Research Campus. In the past five years, projects completed include a major addition to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and construction of Headington Hall, the Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Clinic in Tulsa, two data centers and a new utility plant.
Moorman cites the creation of Brooks Mall as one of the most important campus changes with which he has been involved. The removal of vehicular traffic from the area and the creation of the mall reinforced the friendly, pedestrian orientation of the campus and enhanced the beauty of campus grounds, he said.
OU’s current major capital improvements program exceeds $832 million and includes the build out of the final elements of the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center, major improvements to modernize Bizzell Memorial Library and renovation of a monastery in Arezzo, Italy, to house students enrolled in the study abroad program there.
Moorman also represented OU’s Office of the President on the four-member Architectural Review Board for the development of University North Park, a 585-acre site for commercial retail and office space on former OU property.
Boren said that he will recommend that the OU Board of Regents approve the appointment of Brian Holderread, project director for Manhattan Construction Co. of Oklahoma City, to serve as director of A&E Services, effective Nov. 1. Holderread earned a bachelor of business administration degree and a master of science in construction administration from OU before going to work for Bovis Lend Lease in Nashville, Tenn., a leading international property and infrastructure company.
He has been a project manager for Manhattan Construction for the past 10 years, guiding projects in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Norman. Manhattan Construction provides pre-construction, construction management, and general building and design-build services and operates in the Southwest, Southeast and Middle Atlantic States, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. At Manhattan, Holderread has a history of work on OU projects, including the OU College of International Studies, the OU Scholars Walk and the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at the OU Health Sciences Center.
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