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Fears Lab Facilities

The University of Oklahoma’s historic structural engineering laboratory was made possible because of a generous donation from Donald G. Fears.  The visionary OU structural engineering professor Tom Murray used this donation to begin the construction of the first research facility on what is now OU’s South Research Campus. Murray and his colleagues gathered donations of brick and steel from companies such as Acme Brick and Star Metal Buildings, and eventually assembled all the ingredients that make up this laboratory.  

In 2006 Dr. Ramseyer led an effort to expand the research lab portion of the lab by 50%.  This expansion was completed in early 2008.  Three months later Dr. Ramseyer started construction of the “Advanced Concrete Research Laboratory” to the Fears Lab grounds.

Fears Lab Facilities consist of:


Square feet of space
Office Space – Including conference room, 2 faculty offices, 1 Lab technician office, 1 graduate assistant office and the ODOT bridge squad.Total office space = 3,483 sq. ft.
Original High Bay – Including 40’ x 60’ strong floor, 5 ton under-hung crane, 1 cu yd rotary concrete mixer, fabrication shop area, electronics and computer lab room8,435
Lab Expansion – Including (3) 3 ton jib beams, storage racking system4,218

Advanced Concrete Research Laboratory – Including 7 slab on grade test pits


Total lab research space = 14,453 sq. ft.

Fears Lab now hosts structural engineering and structural mechanics research efforts at the University of Oklahoma, as well as some structural engineering faculty and staff.   

Please use the following link for equipment available at Fears Lab:

Fears Lab Equipment List (PDF)