University of Oklahoma, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Norman, Oklahoma

  • FIRM

    Rees Associates, Inc.


    The University of Oklahoma

  • AREA

    107,850 sq.ft.





The new Gaylord Hall, home to the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, provides a state-of-the art teaching facility and learning environment for fast-paced industry changes.

The 107,850-square-foot facility was completed in two phases and anchors the University of Oklahoma’s South Oval. Exterior ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,320COST PER SQ FT$235.76FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio draws from the Cherokee Gothic vernacular prevalent on the historic Norman campus’ academic core. Yet, sleek glass and a large outdoor news ticker meld traditionalism with more modern elements and convey the facility’s purpose.

The project includes multimedia computer labs, classrooms, lecture halls, a library, broadcast production and technical facilities, a sound stage, auditorium and faculty offices. These functions support the various education sequences, such as professional writing, journalism, public relations, broadcasting and electronic media, and advertising, and reflect the trend of media convergence prevalent in today’s communications industries.

Additionally, the Phase II expansion completed in 2009 added a unique feature: a student-run public relations and advertising agency featuring a variety of collaborative spaces, each with its own distinctive personality. Students will use idea-generation rooms, a commons area, a unique computer laboratory in the live/work/play environment, a focus-group suite and upscale client presentation suite to work for real-world public-relations and advertising clients. The expansion also is home to additional classrooms and a graduate area offering abundant space for work, socializing and collaboration.

The two-phase design will embrace an exterior courtyard, which serves as a gathering area for alumni and multimedia events. Two commons areas, a Hall of Fame room and a 180-person theater provide interior event venues, and a rooftop terrace offers views of the courtyard during outdoor events.