Oklahoma State University draws roots back to 1890 and is now home to more than 25,000 students. The university recently opened a $72 million building for its School of Business, referred to as the ‘Crescent Masterpiece.’ Designed as a majestic, round architectural showcase, everything about the facility is state-of-the-art, including its custom tile and natural stone.
Elliott + Associates Architects, a widely-known Oklahoma City-based firm, approached the project with the goal of creating a dynamic new focal point for the Oklahoma State University campus – nodding to old-world design with a modern twist. Emser Tile was chosen as the exclusive tile provider, and was trusted and challenged with bringing luxe custom design to life.
We partnered with Custom Building Products to achieve Elliott + Associates Architects’ grand vision. Four collections - Expanse, Marble Thassos, Travertine, and Perspective - lend to the building’s clean, airy design in modern shapes and sizes.
Expanse Cement Gray was custom-made to feature no grout lines across sixteen flights of stairs, representing 5,000 square feet of gauged porcelain for seamless design transitions.
Showcased in a space coined the ‘crystal room,’ Marble Thassos overlooks the southern campus while exuding sophistication. Natural light further enhances the space, inviting natural light to refract off surfaces.
Custom Travertine Veincut surfaces in another stairway, while 3,500-square-feet of custom-cut travertine keystone shapes surface to match the keystone-themed room.
Lastly, Perspective White brings a welcoming feel to 10,000-square-feet of public bathroom space.
“Working with Emser Tile on this iconic building located in the heart of the Oklahoma State University campus was a pleasure. It took an entire team working together to bring this signature building in on time and under budget. We look forward to working with Emser Tile on many projects in the future,” shared Rand Elliott, Elliott + Associates Architects.
Built by Manhattan Construction Company, the new OSU Business Building received the Award of Merit in the Higher Education/Research division of the ENR (Engineering News-Record) Texas and Louisiana’s 2018 Best Project competition.
Photography by Gray City Studios.