Grants Approved For Trails and Park

Oklahoma Department of Transportation approved three federal grants totaling more than $1.6 million for improvements to the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park and for two trails.
Local funding for the projects includes city funds from a 2006 sales tax.
The enhancements at John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park create linkage between the park and surrounding streets.
Joe Creek Trail, in south Tulsa, will be paved with asphalt and will include striping, retaining walls and directional and informational signage. Additionally, a section of the Midland Valley Trail will be rehabilitated and widened and will get striping, bollards, lighting, benches, litter containers and water fountains.
Design of the projects should begin within four months.
Wallace Employee Named SMPS Fellow
Wallace Engineering announced Chief Marketing Officer Brad Thurman, PE, FSMPS, CPSM was recently named a Fellow of the Society for Marketing Professional Services.
Only members who have been active in the Society for more than ten years and who hold a current certification designation are qualified to apply for the Fellows Recognition Program each winter.
Thurman received his BS in Architectural Studies and Master of Architectural Engineering degrees from Oklahoma State University. He has been a principal at Wallace Engineering since 1991 and was named the firm’s chief marketing officer in 2008.
Construction Materials Prices up in May
After eight months of decline, prices of construction materials increased 0.5 percent in May 2009, according to the June 16th producer price index report by the U.S. Labor Department.
“The monthly increase in construction materials prices was not entirely unexpected, but it is still cause for concern,” said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “The U.S. construction economy remains quite soft in many key segments, including both the office and commercial categories. For these construction segments to rebound there must be a combination of positive factors including well-behaved interest rates, reasonably priced construction materials and spreading economic momentum and prosperity.”

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