Massey-Mann Opens Doors in Tulsa

By June, trouble was already on the horizon. It seemed like a less-than-ideal time to start a new venture in any field, much less one married to the construction industry.
In the face of it all, Massey-Mann and Associates LLC, a planning, civil engineering and landscape architecture firm that employs eight, opened the doors to its cozy Tulsa office, 1112 S. Boston Ave.
Six months later, Brett Mann sat back in his chair, thought a minute, and reaffirmed belief in his company.
“We had a pretty ambitious growth plan in place when we started,” Mann said. “Nobody could have foreseen the full scale of what the economy was going to do, and there are no guarantees of where it’s going to go.
“We’ve had to be a little bit more conservative in viewing our growth, but we have offices here and in Edmond, and we’re looking at increasing our presence on both sides of the turnpike.”
Mann describes himself as a classic boomerang story. He grew up in Tulsa, and upon graduating college wanted to get as far away as possible. That desire landed him a string of exotic jobs, including his first, at a small firm in Dubai.
Mann’s geographically diverse portfolio served as part of the impetus for returning to Tulsa.
“One of the premises I had in coming back was trying to bring some of my experience back, whether it’s urban or suburban, and try to help Tulsa,” Mann said. “I want to try to make Tulsa a better place.”
Tulsa’s unique geography also drew him home.
“I love the connectivity between the urban and the rural we have here, and I think it’s a fantastic diversity we don’t get in a lot of other places,” he said. “That connection is kind of what helped me ease back in, and to look for opportunities to illustrate that connection and create developments that are a little more complex or a little different than what we’ve seen.”
Apart from a varied resume, Greg Massey said the firm’s ability to think outside the box sets it apart in the industry.
“We don’t mind taking risks,” Massey said. “The hardest thing right now is finding developers who are willing to do the same.”
Massey said the firm’s green leanings also lend it an advantage in a changing market place.
“Sustainability is obviously taking a much greater role in all aspects of design,” Massey added. “As time goes on it will become the norm.”
Mann was quick to point out, however, that the firm wasn’t a one-trick pony.
“We’re conscious of the green industry and trying to make things environmentally sensitive, and we’re also conscious of new trends in urban design,” Mann said. “But we’re not puritanical in the sense that we go to one school of thought and stick right there. We are very conscious of newer modes of thought, but we’re, I hope, able to extract the best of those and bring them to the community.”
Massey said he sees the firm as a major figure in Tulsa’s future.
“I expect that, in five years, this office and our office in Oklahoma City will be major market players,” Massey said. “I see continued growth, especially in the Tulsa area.”
Mann said the firm was poised to grow with Tulsa.
“From the standpoint of what it offers developers, I think Tulsa is set to reinvent itself,” Mann said. “I think there has been significant movement in that direction in the last few years. It’s one thing that has helped energize me.” ?′

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