Extension building nearly done

Nathan Thompson
Not much has changed from this September file photo, as work continues on the parking lot of the new Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service building, located at 1039 Old Highway 99 on the Osage County Fairgrounds in Pawhuska. Nathan Thompson/Journal-Capital file

The wait is almost over for employees to move into the new Oklahoma State University Extension building at the Osage County Fairgrounds in Pawhuska, an official said Tuesday.

Donna Robbins, OSU Extension Service director for Osage County, said all the interior work is complete on the new facility, located at 1039 Old Highway 99, but there is still work to be completed on the parking lot.

“New gravel and dirt have been moved into the parking lot and crews are working on it, we are just waiting for the concrete to be poured,” Robbins said. “We are certainly excited to get there and we are hoping the work will be completed soon so that we can begin moving in within the next few weeks.”

The cooperative extension service office will be an expanded facility for agriculture education, 4-H programs, family and consumer science services, and horticulture, Robbins said. The new building was built by the Osage County Commissioners, who are also overseeing the delayed parking lot project.

“This is going to be a bigger, better and new facility for us and the community to learn more about our programs that we offer,” Robbins said. “We are very grateful to the Osage County Commissioners for building this new building for us.”

For several years, the OSU Cooperative Extension Office has been located on the second floor of the building at 628 Kihekah Ave. in downtown Pawhuska. Robbins said the extension service grew out of the space and needed updated facilities to continue growing.

“Being so much closer to the fairgrounds is going to be such a huge benefit for us,” Robbins said. “We use the Ag building quite a bit out at the fair and having this new facility so close will make it easier and better for us to move items.”

The expanded building is large enough where many of the programs that OSU Extension Service offers can be held in the new location.

Groundbreaking on the building was toward the end of 2016. Robbins said crews have been working tirelessly to get the construction started and now, it is almost finished except for the parking lot.

At press time, a phone call by the Journal-Capital to Osage County Commissioners’ secretary Kandy Jump was not immediately returned.