Police Chief Ron Palmer and John Fernandes, president of the OSU Center for Health Sciences, among others, broke ground on a shared forensics facility.
City Councilors Jack Henderson, Rick Westcott, Dennis Troyer and Bill Christiansen also participated in the groundbreaking.
As first reported by the Tulsa Business Journal, the five-story, 160,000-SF building will be constructed on the OSU campus at 17th Street and Southwest Blvd.
The shared facility concept was born from the strength of the relationship between the Tulsa Police Department and OSU’s forensic sciences program, one of only eight in the nation accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Fernandes said.
“OSU already participates in the training of the police department’s forensics team, and the department provides internship and educational opportunities for our forensics sciences students,” Fernandez said. “The police department had an opportunity to expand its facilities but needed land. We had land available, as well as a desire to expand to accommodate our recent growth. Together, we could construct a joint facility to house the police department’s crime lab and property room, as well as teaching lab space and faculty offices for our graduate programs in forensic sciences.”
Tulsa Police Department will occupy the lower two floors of the forensic facility and OSU will use the upper three floors. The Tulsa Police property and evidence room will be on the first floor, and the forensics lab will be on the second floor.
The first phase of construction, scheduled for completion March 2010, will include the first three floors, including the third-floor forensic sciences area for OSU featuring a seminar-style teaching lab, faculty and staff offices, and the forensic biology, pathology and toxicology student labs and clinical labs. There will be expansion space that can accommodate two labs and a 24-seat classroom.
The Police property and evidence room, located on the first floor, will be improved from its current location in the Police and Municipal Courts Building at 600 Civic Center. The space allotted for the new forensics lab will be four times larger than the current facility, also at 600 Civic Center.
Completion of the rest of the building is scheduled for October 2010.
Cost for the project is $2.75 million for design, and $38.37 million for construction, a total of $41.2 million. OSU provided $21.87 million, and the City of Tulsa provided $19.25 million from the 2001 and 2006 Third Penny Sales Tax and the 2005 General Obligation Bond Issue.
NAHB Launches Stimulus Web Site
The National Association of Home Builders launched a newly-designed Web site (www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com) that provides detailed information about the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers that is part of economic stimulus legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama.
“The new tax credit provides a great opportunity for first-time home buyers,” said Joe Robson, NAHB chairman and a home builder in Tulsa. “Combined with today’s near-record-low interest rates, the large selection of homes on the market, and very competitive pricing, the tax credit should be the extra incentive needed to get prospective buyers who have been sitting on the fence into the market.”
In addition to being limited to first-time home buyers, the tax credit:
Is equal to 10 percent of the home’s purchase price up to a maximum of $8,000.
Is available for homes purchased on or after Jan. 1, 2009 and before Dec. 1, 2009.
Does not have to be repaid.
Has income limits of $75,000 for single taxpayers and $150,000 for married couples.
Patterson Earns Preferred Status
Patterson, Realtors achieved MD Preferred Real Estate Provider status and earned the honor of displaying the MD Preferred Services Medallion.
This distinction, awarded to fewer than 100 national realtors by US Medical Specialties, a national healthcare consulting firm, recognizes Patterson, Realtors’ experience and commitment to serving the unique needs and demands of today’s busy physician.
“We have so much to offer physicians and their families here in Tulsa,” said Chuck Patterson, MD Preferred Realtor. “We know that a physician places a very high value on community and quality of life issues. This network allows us to partner more closely with our hospitals and medical practices in the competition for physician services. We are uniquely qualified to tell Tulsa’s story. When this partnership results in a new physician considering Tulsa it’s a win-win-win for the physician, the recruiting hospital, and us.”
The MD Preferred Real Estate Network is part of a national physician resource center hosted online at www.mdpreferredservices.com. The resource center matches professional service providers in real estate, relocation, healthcare law and mortgage services with physicians on the move.
Mobile Real Estate Service Hits Market
The real estate industry entered the new age of communication.
Agents can deliver listing information on any property directly to potential buyers on any Internet-capable mobile device through mobiAgent Version 3.0 from mobiManage.
This latest version of mobiAgent features the QuickFind MLS search field, giving buyers the ability to find listing information on any available property in their area by simply entering the first few numbers of an address. Buyers are able to view all the standard MLS listing information, including photos and Google Mobile map location links, as well as the agent’s e-mail address and click-to-call phone number.
In addition, each mobiAgent site includes mobile analytics, so agents can track how often a property has been viewed, forwarded or saved.
“MobiAgent recognizes a need for a shift in technology for the real estate industry,” said Jeff Beasley, President and CEO of mobiManage. “Most home buyers have experienced the frustration of empty info tubes in front of homes, or even worse, a complete lack of information. We now have the capability to instantly provide engaging, interactive information to buyers while they are at the curb looking at the property.”
MobiAgent mobile sites work on any internet-capable mobile device, including iPhone, Blackberry, Palm, and RAZRs, and do not require any downloads to use or manage.
Launched in March 2008, mobiManage is a mobile Web development firm based in Tulsa that delivers mobile Web sites and custom mobile Web solutions, such as mobiAgent. For more information, visit mobimanage.com or mobimanage.mobi.
AGC of Oklahoma Announces Officers
Mark Grimes of Flintco Inc. was installed as the president of the Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma Building Chapter, at the association’s 69th annual meeting, held Jan. 24.
Since joining Flintco in June 1988, Grimes has managed the Oklahoma City, Memphis and Austin teams through some of their most notable growths and demanding projects. During his tenure, Grimes has managed many demanding projects in the Oklahoma City area such as: Dell Customer Call Center, Dobson Communications Headquarters, Ford Center, Renaissance Hotel, The Hilton Skirvin and others.
AGC’s Board of Directors is composed of construction leaders from around the state:
President: Mark Grimes, Flintco Inc.
Vice President: Bryan Timberlake, Timberlake Construction Co. Inc.
Sec/Treasurer: Larry Creekmore, Cherokee Builders Inc.
Past President: John Thompson, J.E. Dunn Construction
Jan Dunkin, CMS Willowbrook
Chip Kanady, Maxwell Supply Co.
Danny Kennedy, Cowen Construction
Mark Little, Williams Construction Co.
Mike Owen, Atlas General Contractors LLC
Jim Sutton, Construction Building Specialties Inc.
Finance: Greg Biggs, Biggs Financial
CLC: Matt Wright, Burgess Co.
Legislative: Chris Burnett, Nabholz Construction Corp.
Education: Danny Hancock, Omni-2 Mechanical Services
Chapter Activities: Leland Meiser, Dolese Bros Co.
The AGC of Oklahoma is headquartered in Oklahoma City.
University of Phoenix Opens New Campus
University of Phoenix officially opened its new Tulsa campus in the Eastgate Metroplex.
Located at 14002 E. 21st St., the 40,000-SF campus includes a new system of interactive classrooms and the largest rEsource Center in the UOPX network.
“Our focus at the new campus is on an even higher standard of individual and group learning resources,” said Lori Santiago, University of Phoenix VP and Director of Oklahoma Campuses. “University of Phoenix has always been ahead of more traditional higher education, with e-textbooks, online simulation models and an emphasis on innovation, critical thinking and effective written and verbal communications skills. This new facility gives us the infrastructure we need to take all our programs to the next level.”
The new campus occupies the space formerly home to Mervyn’s. The construction project consisted of interior and exterior changes, including a major build-out of the second floor, in addition to an all-new fa√?ade and entry area. Construction on the space, which was designed with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design furnishings, was completed in December, and University of Phoenix moved into its new home in January.
University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.
Meshek & Assoc. Expands to OKC
Tulsa-based Meshek & Associates PLC, a civil and water resource engineering firm, opened a permanent office in Oklahoma City in this month.
Meshek will pursue transportation, utility, storm/sanitary sewer and site development projects through the OKC office in addition to providing GIS services and master planning/design engineering for stormwater and wastewater treatment needs.
After more than 20 years serving the state & region out of the Tulsa area, Meshek saw the need for an additional office to handle a growing volume of work from outside of Tulsa.
“We’ve been blessed with good clients and repeat business and we are excited about the opportunities our new location represents,” Janet Meshek, principal of the firm, said.
The new office, at 6801 N. Broadway, Suite 214, is open for business and can be reached via phone at 405.254.5544.
ABC Supports Neutrality Act
Associated Builders and Contractors strongly supports the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act, H.R. 983, a measure that would prohibit federal agencies from requiring union-only project labor agreements on federal construction projects. First District Congressman Rep. John Sullivan, R-Okla., introduced the legislation.
“All hardworking Americans in the construction industry need a fair shot at economic recovery,” said Jerry Gorski, 2009 ABC national chairman and president of Gorski Engineering Inc., Collegeville, Pa. “Executive Order 13502 is a special interest handout to organized labor that will limit competition and raise construction costs by as much as 20 percent. This means that an estimated $30 billion of the proposed $150 billion in construction spending in the stimulus package before Congress will be wasted. Union-only PLAs drive up costs for American taxpayers while unfairly discriminating against the 84 percent of U.S. construction workers who choose not to join a labor union.”
A union-only PLA is a contract that requires a federal project to be awarded only to contractors that agree to recognize unions as the representatives of their employees on that job; use the union hiring hall to obtain workers; and obey the union’s restrictive work rules.
CBRE Closes Deal
CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma, Oklahoma’s largest commercial real estate firm, announces that negotiations have been completed on the following transaction: Admiral Square Inc. has purchased 7,000 SF at Fastenal Building, 9402 E. 55th St. Tony Aaronson with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Feldman, Franden, Woodward & Farris PLLP has leased 15,141 SF in Williams Center Tower II, 2 W. 2nd St. Joe Brandt with Brandt Commercial Properties Inc. represented the tenant and Bill Daniels, Daniels Greer Properties LLC represented the landlord.
Kimbrell Oil Corp. has leased 4,474 SF in Williams Center Tower I, 1 W. 3rd St. Matt Surrett with Leadership Properties LLC represented the tenant and Bill Daniels, Daniels Greer Properties LLC represented the landlord.
McLeodUSA Telecommunications Services Inc., an Iowa corp., has leased 37,648 SF in Williams Center Tower I, 1 W. 3rd St. Michael Rareshide with Partners National Real Estate Group represented the tenant and Bill Daniels, Daniels Greer Properties LLC represented the landlord.
Indian Nations Council Of Goverment’s (Incog) has lease 20,716 SF in Williams Center Towers I & II, 1 W. 3rd St. and 2 W. 2nd St. Bill Daniels, Daniels Greer Properties LLC handled the transaction.
Samson Investment Co. has leased an addition 19,857 SF in Williams Center Tower II, 2 W. 2nd St. Bill Daniels, Daniels Greer Properties LLC handled the transaction.
Waterfieldtechnologies Inc. has leased 4,624 SF in Williams Center Tower I, 1 W. 3rd St. Joe Brandt with Brandt Commercial Properties Inc. represented the tenant and Bill Daniels, Daniels Greer Properties LLC represented the landlord.
Langley Management Co. has signed a long-term lease for 1,680 SF at Main Place Shopping Center in Sapulpa. Jim Stephens with Adwon Properties Inc. handled the transaction for Sandman Property Services Inc. and Langley Management Co.
Jan’s Tax and Accounting Services and Christian Library has expanded their location at the Quail Run Shopping Center into the former Fleming Chiropractic Clinic in Broken Arrow. The 1,000-SF space will serve as the new offices for the Tax Service and Jan’s former offices at 618 S. Aspen will be used for a Christian Library. Negotiations were handled by Jim Stephens of Adwon Properties Inc. for the landlord, QR-92 LP and Jan’s Tax Services.
Chrysalis Boutique LLC has signed a long-term lease for 967 SF at the Forest Trails Shopping Center on the northwest corner of 101st & Sheridan, Tulsa. Jim Stephens with Adwon Properties Inc. handled the transaction for the landlord, FTL-95 LP and Chrysalis Boutique LLC, respectively.
Beacon Commercial Group, Ltd. announces that negotiations have been completed on the following transactions at the 907 Office Building, formerly the Sunoco Building: EDG International has leased 22,000 SF, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. leased 10,500 SF and ProEnergy Services leased 3,777 SF.
Oil Capital Electric LLC has renewed their lease for 18,750 SF at Space Center East, 11915 E. 51st St. Tom O’Brien, SIOR, CCIM, Matt Klimisch, SIOR, CCIM and David Glasgow with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Alternative Health Systems Inc. has renewed their lease for 5,447 SF at Eton Square Shopping Center, 8421 E. 61st St. Mark Rooney with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Freedom Enterprises LLC has renewed their lease for 1,600 SF at 9402 E. 55th Place. Jim Brown, CCIM and Stacie Stuart with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Butterworth Financial Advisory LLC has leased 1,592 SF at 21 Centre Park, 2642 E. 21st St. Terry Payne, SIOR and Mary Martin, SIOR, CCIM with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Samurai Japanese Restaurant Corp. has leased 1,506 SF at Cherry Street Market, 1340 E. 15th Street. Mark Rooney with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Firstwave Inc. has renewed their lease for 25,600 SF at Sanders Warehouse, 7601 E. 46th St. Jim Brown, CCIM and Stacie Stuart with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Heritage-Crystal Clean LLC has renewed their lease for 7,500 SF at Space Center East, 11915 E. 51st St. Tom O’Brien, SIOR, CCIM, Matt Klimisch, SIOR, CCIM and David Glasgow with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Air Hygiene has renewed their lease at Metro Warehouse, 5634 S. 122nd E. Ave. Tom O’Brien, SIOR, CCIM, Matt Klimisch, SIOR, CCIM and David Glasgow with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
1st Security Home Mortgage Corp. has leased 1,490 SF at Executive Center I, 7136 S. Yale. Steve Baker, CCIM with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Police Chief Ron Palmer and John Fernandes, president of the OSU Center for Health Sciences, among others, broke ground on a shared forensics facility.