Tulsa’s Top Projects (not named the BOk Center)

Despite a two-year sector slowdown and a generally pessimistic national outlook on the industry, commercial construction continues to explode in the Tulsa marketplace.
And while the majority of the recent attention has belonged (and rightly so) to the latest savior of downtown Tulsa, the $183 million BOk Center, the Tulsa Business Journal felt it was appropriate to highlight some of the projects that have flown under the radar for the past 12 months.
The following list, compiled by the staff of the TBJ, reflects what we feel are some of the most important, progressive and extraordinary projects that broke ground, topped out or cut ribbon in the past year.
The projects vary greatly in size, ranging from a $4 million school expansion in Midtown to a $125 million project that will surely transform our opinion of the “casino/resort” concept in Northeastern Oklahoma.
Items highlighted on our list were nominated for a variety of reasons including the project’s architectural detail (Marquette School), creative redevelopment plan (Eastgate Metroplex) and location (TCC Center for Creativity).

Cherokee Casino Expansion
777 W. Cherokee St., Catoosa

Cost: $125 million
Developer: Cherokee Nation Enterprises
Contractor/Project Manager: Flintco Inc.

The Cherokee Casino Resort’s $125 million casino and hotel expansion will bring the facility to 337,000 SF and make the resort the largest gaming destination in Oklahoma. The expansion of Cherokee Casino Resort will create 400 to 500 new jobs, bringing the total number of employees at Cherokee Casino Resort to more than 2,200.
The expansion will add an 1,800-seat entertainment and convention venue, gaming space to house 750 new electronic games, a Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill restaurant, expanded Wild Potato Buffet and McGill’s restaurants, an upscale nightclub and additional meeting space.
The expanded facility is expected to open in January 2009.

Utica Place
2100 S. Utica Ave.
Cost: $50 million
Developer: Utica Place LLC
Contractor/Project Manager: Cowen Construction

Utica Place is a nine-story stucco and stone structure of 103,000 SF that includes 90,000 SF of Class A office space and a tri-level, 42,000-SF parking garage that accommodates 375 vehicles. The development will include 11 luxury penthouse homes and 7 courtyard villas.
Construction on the building, which began in May 2005, has employed as many as 65 subcontractors and suppliers.

Christ the King Church/
Marquette School Expansion
1519 S. Quincy Ave.
Cost: $4 million
Developer: Christ the King Church
Contractor: Oakridge Builders

This single-story expansion project replaced the Marquette School’s pre-fabricated WWII-era pre-school with a state of the art 20,000-SF Early Childhood Development Center and gymnasium. The project also added the 50-seat Mary Queen of Peace Chapel to the existing church facility, among other interior renovations.
The $4 million expansion and renovation closely matched the church’s Barry Byrne designed art deco detail.

St. Francis Children’s Hospital
6161 S. Yale Ave.

Cost: $73 million
Developer: St. Francis Health System
Contractor/Project Manager: Manhattan Construction

The recently opened eight-story, 104-bed St. Francis Children’s Hospital contains 243,500 SF and was developed at the cost of $73 million.
The facility, which is located on the North side of the existing Hospital campus, provides medical/surgical capabilities, pediatric intensive care services as well as outpatient and inpatient infusion therapies for children.

Cascia Hall
Performing Arts Center
2520 S. Yorktown Ave.

Cost: $6.7 million
Developer: Cascia Hall Preparatory School
Contractor/Project Manager: Manhattan Construction Co.

The Cascia Hall Preparatory School Performing Arts Center is a 34,000-SF, 733-seat auditorium, which broke ground in late August 2005 and was completed in late 2007. The building was designed by architectural firm Beck and Associates. The total cost to build the facility was $7.5 million.
In addition to an auditorium, the building includes classrooms, offices, storage, lockers, theatre dressing areas, and a kitchen. The facilities exterior features French Norman architectural design.

Collins Hall
2905 E. Eighth St.

Cost: $9 million
Develper: University of Tulsa
Contractor/Project Manager: Nabholz Construction

Collins Hall is a two-story, 39,000-SF facility that serves the University of Tulsa by consolidated student services, such as financial aid and admissions, and houses the TU Alumni Association.
Collins Hall was built at a cost of $9 million by Nabholz Construction and will serve as the focal point to the university’s $12 million, picturesque south entrance project, which is currently under construction.

Regal Plaza
East Regal Place

Cost: $60 million
Develper: The Remy Cos.
Contractor/Project Manager: Interstate Construction

Regal Plaza is a 26-acre, $60 million development which will include 130,000 SF of retail space and will be anchored by the 4,200-seat, 165,000 SF SpiritBank Event Center.
The Spirit Bank Event Center will include 25,000 SF of retail space alongside 35,000 SF of luxury office space. The development will open in late 2008 and will be the home Green Country to the Tulsa 66ers in 2009.
Architecture firm Danny Mitchell Architects designed the projects, which will be erected simultaneously.

Center for Creativity
10th Street and Boston Avenue

Cost: $15.4 million
Developer: Tulsa Community College
Contractor/Project Manager: Flintco Inc.

The 49,811-SF, $15.4 million Center for Creativity will sit between 9th and 10th Streets on Boston Avenue in Downtown Tulsa. The facility, which is slated to open in March 2009, is funded through a Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education higher education bond package.
The center, which was designed by Selser Schaefer Architects, will house TCC’s arts and graphic design, computer information systems, visual arts, journalism, communications, television production, instructional design and radio and broadcasting departments.

Science and
Mathematics Building
7505 W. 41st St.

Cost: $6.2 million
Developer: Tulsa Community College
Contractor/Project Manager: Nabholz Construction

The 26,000-SF Tulsa Community College Science and Mathematics Building was designed by Fritz Baily Architects. The building, designed to emulate the existing campus structures, will be connected to the Science and Mathematics Building by a second-story enclosed walkway.
The building will include biology and botany labs, office space, a conference center, a lecture classroom, a computer lab and two multimedia classrooms, are expected to be complete by January 2009.

TTC-Broken Arrow
4600 S. Olive St.

Cost: $32 million
Developer: Tulsa Technology Center
Contractor/Project Manager: Nabholz Construction

The 241,348-SF expansion project will increase the size of the facility to 366,396 SF of classrooms, laboratories and shops located on the 57-acre site. The project will combine 13 of Tulsa Tech’s transportation service programs under one roof and will include three expansion labs for future growth.
When completed, the building will house 16 classrooms and 13 labs. The project was designed by Matrix Architects, Engineers, Planners Inc.

Helmerich Advanced
Technology Research Center
700 N Greenwood Ave.

Cost: $43 million
Developer: Oklahoma State University
Contractor/Project Manager: Flintco Inc.

The 123,000-SF Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center located on the campus of OSU-Tulsa includes specialized laboratories, clean rooms, an imaging suite, advanced information technology equipment, faculty offices and two high-tech seminar rooms.
Design work on the project was completed in the first half of 2005 and construction began in earnest in October 2005. PSA-Dewberry was the architect of the facility, which cost $43 million to build.

OU Tulsa-Learning Center
14002 E. 21st St.

Cost: $12.2 million
Developer: OU Tulsa
Contractor/Project Manager: Flintco Inc.

Construction on the OU-Tulsa Learning Center is making progress and is expected to open in the summer of 2008.
The State Higher Education Bond Issue and a gift paid for the two-story, 47,000-SF building from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.
The center will feature the Perkins Family Lecture Hall, which will seat more than 360 students. Two smaller lecture halls will each seat 90 students, one large classroom will seat 70 students and eight additional classrooms will seat an average of 32 students.

Hillcrest Heart Pavilion
1120 S. Utica Ave.

Cost: $60 million
Developer: Hillcrest Health System
Contractor/Project Manager: Flintco Inc.

The Heart Pavilion is a 160,000-SF addition to Tulsa’s 493-bed Hillcrest Medical Center. The project will add 104 beds at an estimated cost of $60 million and will include a cardiovascular diagnostic center, six cardiovascular laboratories, cardiovascular intensive care unit, heart failure care center and an education center.
The facility, which is expected to open in late 2008, is being built Flintco Inc. and was designed by Houston-based Watkins Hamilton Ross Architects Inc.

Eastgate Metroplex
14002 E. 21st St.

Cost: $50 million
Developer: P&H Properties
Contractor/Project Manager: Hopper Construction Techniques

The Eastgate Metroplex is an 800,000-SF mall turned office park being developed by Tulsa-based P&H Properties.
The facility, expects to be operating at capacity by late 2009.
Eastland Partners LLC, the current owners of the Metroplex, completed the purchase property last fall with the acquisition of a 106,000-SF former Mervyn’s location and 253,000-SF space formerly occupied by Dillards. Conversion was designed by Tulsa-based architectural firm Kinslow, Keith & Todd.

Tulsa Hills Junior Anchors
71st Street and US 75

Cost: $22 million
Developer: Collett & Associates
Contractor/Project Manager: Key Construction LLC

Tulsa Hills Junior Anchors includes approximately 186,000 SF of high end retail shopping at 71st Street and US 75. Project features include brick and cast stone facade, decorative sidewalks and retaining walls. The site has over 90 subcontractors and suppliers and crews of over 200 workers daily.
Phase II will include an additional 100,000 square feet including Books A Million and Bed Bath and Beyond, and is slated to break ground April 1st.

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