Conceptual plans for a $17 million makeover of the Mideke Building to become the home of Tapstone Energy won near-unanimous praise Wednesday from the Bricktown Urban Design Committee members.
The plans by New York City-based Rogers Partners propose the creation of a modern glass facade to replace a brick alley facade, a change similar to one the firm oversaw as part of renovation of downtown’s Braniff Building.
Tapstone Energy was founded in October by local energy leader Tom Ward. Tapstone’s lease with the building’s owners provides enough space for the company to grow its workforce to up to 150 employees.
Architect Aaron Young, who also worked on the Braniff Building when Ward was CEO at SandRidge Energy, said the Mideke Building is in far better shape with most of its historic facade still intact.
Young said the biggest challenge with the Mideke Building was to bring sunlight into the eastern half of the building, and the proposed solution was to replace much of the brick alley wall with a new glass facade.
The plans, which will be formerly presented for approval at the Bricktown design committee’s next monthly meeting, also suggest the creation of atrium spaces on the building’s fifth floor and between the first floors of the main building and an adjoining one-story building to the east.
A proposed glass-encased stairwell on the building’s east façade was the only design element that drew debate from the committee. Members Mark Krittenbrink and Bob Bright said they were unsure if the stairway was a good fit for the building, while Phil Miller and Tom Wilson both said they liked the design.