Crafton Tull Sparks Names Director of Sports

Crafton Tull Sparks Names Director of Sports
Tulsa architect Nathan Jacob Koob, AIA, has been promoted to director of sports at Crafton Tull Sparks.
He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Oklahoma State University and 10 years of experience in architectural practice.
Koob will work with collegiate athletic directors and sports and fitness organizations across the country to create winning facilities.
He has worked on various sports projects including Oklahoma State University’s Sherman E. Smith Training Center, Dr. Gary Johnson Activity Center in Skiatook, Baylor University’s Athletics and Academic Center and QuikTrip Park at Grand Prairie.
Crafton Tull Sparks was founded in 1963 and has more than 300 employees.

Holmes Named Director of KW Commercial
KW Commercial announced that Mark Holmes has been named as a director in the recently launched division of Keller Williams Realty.
Holmes has more than 20 years in complex real estate transactions and previously worked for Bauer & Associates.
“We are thrilled to have Mark Holmes join KW Commercial,” said GM Susan Beach. “He uses the wealth of knowledge provided by Keller Williams to ensure the best results in every transaction, be it buying, selling or leasing commercial real estate.”

Chinowth & Cohen Joins Leadership Council
The Leadership Council, a prestigious real estate CEO exchange group, recently voted to induct Chinowth & Cohen Realtors as a new member.
The Leadership Council has a total of 15 real estate brokerage members and meets twice per year to exchange information and knowledge regarding best practices and methods for improving service and growth in the business.
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors, owned and managed by Sheryl Chinowth and Lee Cohen, is among the fastest growing realty firms in Tulsa as well as across the country.

Hilti, Habitat Kick Off Energy Efficient Builds
Hilti and Tulsa Habitat for Humanity completed the first of 50 energy efficient homes.
The project was part of a $150,000 grant by Public Service Company of Oklahoma that allows Habitat and its sponsors to build houses meeting Energy Star standards, a joint program of the EPA and the Department of Energy.
Approximately 150 employees volunteered on the project.
“It’s rewarding to know that we’re not only making affordable housing a reality for today, but also the long-term through added energy efficiency measures including our own Hilti insulation foam,” said Cary Evert, president and CEO of Hilti’s Western Hemisphere group. “There’s a great sense of accomplishment in giving back to the community and environment in this way.”
Hilti is a Tulsa-based manufacturer and supplier of tools and fastening systems that employs approximately 3,000 in the United States and Canada. Hilti Group worldwide employs approximately 21,000 people in more than 120 countries.
Tulsa HFH has 23 homes scheduled to be built in 2009.

Legal Aid Moves Offices
The Tulsa Law Office of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. has moved from Boulder to Detroit to increase available parking for clients.%9
The address of the new office is 907 S. Detroit Ave., Ste. 725. Phone and fax numbers will remain the same.
Legal Aid’s Tulsa office serves low-income and elderly residents in areas of civil law including family, housing, health care and income-related areas such as employment or Social Security.
In addition, the Tulsa Law Office can provide legal help with garnishment, bankruptcy, foreclosure and unemployment compensation.

Four OK Properties Make National Register
The State Historic Preservation Office announced four new properties from Oklahoma have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The new listings from Oklahoma include two schools in Blackwell and two bridges.
Washington and Huston Elementary School were recognized for their association with mid-twentieth century improvements in educational facilities and as examples of mid-twentieth century modern architecture by the firm of Caudill, Rowlett, Scott and Associates.
The schools were constructed between 1955 and 1959. Cynthia Savage prepared the nominations on behalf of Preservation Oklahoma.
The Little Cabin Creek Bridge in Vinita is significant in its association with historic Route 66 and as a rare Parker Pony Truss Bridge along Route 66.
Opossum Creek Bridge near South Coffeyville is an example of stone arch bridges in Oklahoma. Constructed in 1913, it is one of only 15 remaining bridges of this type in the State.
The nomination was prepared by Anna Eddings, Architectural Historian with Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Non-Residential Spending Up in February
Construction spending in the private nonresidential sector rose 0.3 percent in February, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Overall construction spending is down 10 percent from the same time last year and down 0.9 percent from last month. This is the fifth straight month of decline.
“The private nonresidential construction spending data for February were somewhat encouraging,” said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “The slight uptick in activity ended a four-month long losing streak during which private nonresidential construction spending had been in decline. These data are likely to be viewed by some as indication of an inflection point in the economy, with the pace of economic deterioration now slowing.
Manufacturing numbers were particularly encouraging.
“Manufacturing construction spending has continued to increase at an astonishing rate, particularly given the downward trends in industrial production in recent quarters,” Basu said. “One can speculate that this is due to vast restructuring taking place in numerous manufacturing sectors, including printing, autos and machinery, as well as the rapidly emerging trend of manufacturing green products such as solar panels and wind turbines.

Tulsa Airport Wins Concrete Award
A recently constructed taxiway ramp at Tulsa International Airport was recognized by the American Concrete Pavement Association as a silver winner for Excellent Concrete Pavement.
The Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust accepted the award along with the construction manager PSA Dewberry and contractor TTK Construction.
A $1.2 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration provided most of the funding for the project.
The improvement was part of Tulsa International Airport’s preparations for potential development in the area between the two parallel runways and south of Port Road. Two leases already are in place, with construction nearly complete on one hangar and soon to commence on another facility. The taxiway provides direct access to the main runway, and several additional parcels are available and ready for development.

Michaels to Open Newly-Designed Store
Michaels, the world’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, will open a new store, 7424 S. Olympia Ave., in the Tulsa Hills Shopping Center, April 26.
“Our new store breaks the mold of what customers expect from a crafts store,” said store manager Jim Kayser.
The store is an open, modern design with wider aisles, warm colors, brighter lighting, ‘inspiration kiosks’ for project ideas and work spaces for customers to lay out an idea or design before purchasing.



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