NSU Event Center
The 3,200 seat Northeastern State University Event Center is where Riverhawk pride takes flight. Designed to meet the needs of the University in hosting a multitude of events, the key to the facility is flexibility. In addition to athletics, the $14 million, 100,000 sq. ft. center provides opportunities to attract events that both add to the collegiate experience and enhance the quality of life for the greater community. Early on in the project, Crafton Tull helped campus leaders make the best decision as to where on its Tahlequah campus the facility should be constructed by preparing three different site evaluations. The site that would eventually host the new Event Center was chosen for its close proximity to other sports facilities and existing parking lots. An adjacent football complex and practice facility help define a University athletics zone on the campus. Running through the middle of the chosen site was a drainage channel totaling 1,500 linear feet, which had to be rerouted. To mitigate flooding concerns due to undersized downstream drainage infrastructure, Crafton Tull designed an off-site storm water detention pond. Careful consideration and planning were put into the design of the pond, keeping open the capability to eventually transform the feature into a park amenity. Crafton Tull’s planners and landscape architects provided a conceptual rendering for the park amenity. From early site development, all the way through project construction and completion, Crafton Tull was able to successfully meet and exceed the needs of Northeastern State University. Finished on time and within budget, the Event Center held its Grand Opening on November 16, 2013.