Construction Spending Posts Increase

For the fourth straight month, private nonresidential construction spending increased, rising 1.8 percent in April, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
On a year-over-year basis, private nonresidential construction spending is up 2 percent.
“While it is true that economic conditions continue to batter office and commercial construction by a combination of job declines, diminished consumer and business spending and tight credit, other nonresidential segments have more than compensated for lost dollar volume in those categories,” said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu.
Simmons Ranks on Lists
Simmons Homes was honored with high rankings in two of the industry’s national builder lists for 2008.
Simmons broke through into the 98th spot on the “Builder 100” list, a ranking published by Builder Magazine that surveys the nation’s top producing building companies. The company improved 36 spots from the previous year.
The Owasso-based company also jumped nearly 70 positions to rank 201st in the “Building Giants 400” list, which bases its rankings on the number of houses closed in a year and earned housing revenue.
Simmons closed 278 homes in 2008.
INCOG Moves Offices
The Indian Nations Council of Governments opened its new offices at Williams Tower II, Two W. Second St., Ste. 800.
Phone and fax numbers, as well as e-mail addresses, will remain the same.
Sandor Lands Lease
Sandor Development Co., headquartered in Indianapolis, announced that Mershon Catering is scheduled to open fall of 2009 in the Midtown Village Shopping Center.
The center will consist of over 161,000 SF of retail space — 2,000 of which will be assumed by Mershon Catering, along with co-tenants Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond and Ideal Image. Negotiations are currently underway to lease the center’s remaining units.
Owasso Walmart To Employ 100
Walmart is hiring approximately 100 associates to work at the new Walmart Neighborhood Market, slated to open this summer in Owasso.
To facilitate applications, the retailer has opened a temporary hiring center at the 96th Street Walmart in Owasso.
The majority of associates will begin work in June to help prepare the store for its grand opening in the summer.
Drillers Clean up Neighborhood
The City of Tulsa partnered with The Metropolitan Environmental Trust in an event to spruce up downtown.
Teams spread out to different parts of downtown to pick up litter and clean up graffiti. The Tulsa Drillers participated in the event to help beautify their future home and get to know their new neighbors.
Patterson Announces Top Producers
Patterson, Realtors is proud to announce the top producers for April:
Top Producers: Lynne Blissit, Jeff Blair
Top Listing Associates: Royce Ellington, Charlotte Harrison
Top Selling Associates: Royce Ellington, Cathy Grant
Top Registered Buyer Associates: Geoff Patterson Home Team, Cathy Grant
Top Producing Teams: Kirk and Lisa Welch, Geoff Patterson Home Team
Top Listing Teams: Kirk and Lisa Welch, Bob Boyd and Betty Grabel
Top Selling Teams: Kirk and Lisa Welch, Leigh Carter and Charlene Hammonds
MetLife Site Earns Energy Star Rating
MetLife Inc. recently announced its Tulsa site has earned an Energy Star rating for its energy-efficient practices.
The facility is MetLife’s 10th property to earn this designation.
“We are extremely pleased to have our Tulsa office become our tenth office to receive an Energy Star rating,” said John Vazquez, vice president, corporate real estate. “MetLife continues to look for opportunities to act as a socially responsible corporate citizen, and our goal is to be recognized not only as a leader in the financial services industry, but also as a leader in corporate social responsibility.”
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that recognizes energy-efficient solutions and best management practices. Buildings holding this certification rank among the top 25 percent of efficiently operated buildings in the country.
Tulsa Apartments To See Auction
Colonial Park Apartments, a 208-unit apartment complex located at 7625 E. 21st St., will be sold at auction by National Commercial Auctioneers, a Tulsa-based company, Thursday, June 18 at 11 a.m.
The company is selling the complex, consisting of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, in cooperation with Bill Cockrum Liquidations LLC on behalf of C. David Rhoades, receiver.
Additional information about the sale can be found at
PCM Home Earns Green Certification
A new home built by PMC Homes has been awarded National Green Building Bronze Certification from the NAHB Research Center.
National Green Building Certification is a component of the National Association of Home Builders’ National Green Building Program, or NAHBGreen.
The 1,998-SF home in Renaissance Park, at 20511 E. 32nd St. South in Broken Arrow, meets the definition of green building: Incorporating environmental considerations into all aspects of its design and construction.
“Being the leader in Green building was the natural progression. We are proud to be the leader of the building Green movement in our market,” said Steve Harris, president of PMC Homes.
OCU, Devon Break Ground on Boathouse
Officials from Oklahoma City University and Devon Energy broke ground on the $10 million Devon Boathouse in Oklahoma City last week.
The structure will be the newest addition to the rapidly developing Oklahoma River.
The 33,000-SF Devon Boathouse will include a high-performance training center, boat storage for OCU’s varsity rowing program, indoor seating with views of the regatta finish line and an outdoor performing arts area. The boathouse is scheduled to be complete in 2010.

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