“The design portrays an image of strength and permanence,” said John Osborne, director of design for the architects. “Materials were chosen for their low maintenance, durability and longevity.”
Landscaped sidewalks running east and west along E First Street were designed to promote a pedestrian connection between downtown and the University of Central Oklahoma campus, he said.
The alley behind Papa John's and FedEx Kinko's will be closed and monitored with gates to provide additional security for the center, Assistant Police Chief Steve Thompson said.
Plans are to extensively interview the contractors to make sure they are top quality and finish their jobs on time, McNayr said.
“We want to know if the contractor is a contractor that finishes the job on site or in the courtroom,” McNayr said. “We want them to submit qualifications so we can make sure we know who they are and how they do their work.”
There will be a five-week bidding process. Architects said they think this is a good time for the city to go out for bids.
“The Oklahoma City market has been affected the last three or four years by the oil industry, Devon, and they are shutting down now, putting a huge force out of work,” said Oscar Majors, quality control and quality assurance manager for the architects. “We think there will be good competition on this project.
“Our timing is great.”