Bank lays down Tulsa roots

Work is steadily forging ahead at the site of First Oklahoma Bank’s new branch, on the south side of 41st Street and east of Peoria Avenue.
As previously reported in the Tulsa Business Journal, the relatively new bank came about in November after father-son banking gurus Thomas Bennett Jr. and Thomas Bennett III formed First Oklahoma Holdings Inc., raised $17 million in capital and acquired Glencoe State Bank, changing its name to First Oklahoma Bank and retaining its Glencoe location as a full-service branch.
The bank’s Tulsa headquarters are housed on the 57th floor of Cityplex Towers at 81st Street and Lewis Avenue, and a branch operates from a temporary trailer behind the new building’s pad site.
The roughly 10,000-SF building will cost around $3 million and will contain 4,000 SF of banking operation on the first floor and 6,000 unfinished SF upstairs for occupation by a future tenant or community space.
Outside will be a three-lane drive-through and ATM.
The building was designed by Fritz Baily. Oakridge Builders is the general contractor for the project, which is expected to wrap up by the end of July.

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