Thunder Rumblings


New practice facility among elite

by Michael Baldwin Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm •  Published: August 27, 2009

For some reason people are enamored with how much something costs.  A few years from now you might hear about another NBA team building a $20 million to $25 million practice facility. Don’t put too much stock in the dollar figure.  The Thunder’s new facility will stack up… for about half the price.

Similar to purchasing something on sale, the Thunder’s new $13 million practice facility, which broke ground on Thursday and is scheduled to be completed in 12 months, is the $20 million facility that’s been proposed for more than a year.

It’s simply a buyer’s market.  Ask anyone who has purchased a new car or bought a home the past six months.

That’s why the Thunder’s new development center, which will rival any in the NBA, costs only $13 million.

Atlas Construction won the bid at just over $10 million. Early estimates were it would cost $15 million. It’s a similar story for the purchase of the land and the design costs. Bottom line is a $20 million project will cost only $13 million.

“We didn’t cut back on quality,” said City Manager Jim Couch. “With the economy the way it is we’ve had a down turn. It’s effecting our revenues but it also helps us with construction (costs).”

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by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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