Cherokees Break Ground on Okmulgee project

Cherokee Nation Construction Services breaks ground on its latest project at East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperation in Okmulgee.
After two years of planning and review, the co-op’s board approved renovation and expansion project to meet the future needs by increasing the efficiency of the co-op offices and adding storage. Cherokee Nation Construction Services competed against four other companies for the design and build project.
“We chose Cherokee Nation Construction Services because of their past experience and expertise,” said Tim Smith, general manager, ECOEC. “Improvements will provide better services for members by offering an additional drive-through window lane, better parking, safer access to and from the office building, and increased security.”
“We are looking forward to working with ECOEC to expand and renovate the current property,” said Bryan Collins, chief executive officer, Cherokee Nation Construction Services.
“The expansion will better serve ECOEC’s needs because they have outgrown their existing facility, which hasn’t been expanded or renovated in more than 30 years,” said Ryan Holderby, project manager, Cherokee Nation Construction Services.
The new floor plan will increase efficiency in the offices, add more warehouse space, and modernize operations to meet the growing needs of the co-op. The new entrance will also allow easier access to and from the property. With these improvements, the facility will be more convenient for customers and more efficient for workers.
“We have continued to grow and use our space as efficiently as possible, but we need to expand again and prepare for the next 30 years,” Smith said. “We look forward to working with CNI on this project and expect the process to go smoothly.”
Cherokee Nation Construction Services completed similar projects with the Three Rivers Health Center in Muskogee, administrative offices at the Redbird Smith Health Center in Sallisaw and Cherokee Casinos in Sallisaw and Tahlequah.
Cherokee Nation Construction Services is also currently constructing a premier sports facility for the City of Bixby. The park will consist of a baseball quad, softball quad, super playground, spray ground, international soccer field and miscellaneous court areas. The new construction will complement an existing state-of-the-art baseball quad along with a 14-field soccer complex.
Cherokee Nation Construction Services is wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokee Nation has been committed to economic and workforce development since the founding of Cherokee Nation Industries in 1969. The purpose of Cherokee Construction Management is to provide consistency in construction operations for the Cherokee Nation; ensure compliance with internal and external rules, regulations and policies; and effect efficiency methods and results in construction projects. For more information on Cherokee Nation Construction Services, visit the company’s Web site at

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