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Construction set to start on new headquarters for OIPA, OERB and OEEF

Construction is set to begin next month on a new $5 million home for the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and the Oklahoma Energy Education Foundation.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: March 17, 2011
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Construction is set to begin next month on a new $5 million home for the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board, the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and the Oklahoma Energy Education Foundation.

The three organizations currently reside in Landmark Tower at NW 51 and Portland.

Plans for the three-story, 24,000-square-foot office building began two years, but was put on hold due to the recession and removal of old utilities underground on the site owned by the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority.

The agency Wednesday approved final construction plans for the building, which will open at NE 4 and N Lincoln Boulevard in about 16 months.

“All good things are worth working for,” said Mike Terry, president of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. “We're excited, we're on track. We're pretty proud of our design and the team we have in place.”

Plans shown Wednesday include educational displays in the lobby, a glass stair tower that will be visible from Interstate 235, and a facade consisting of rock, brick and a synthetic rock-style stucco.

Architect Jim Davis told Urban Renewal commissioners the building will include two outdoor balconies extending from a third-floor reception hall that will seat up to 175 people.

“It has been designed for views along Lincoln and of the Capitol, and to enjoy the growing area to the north,” Davis said. “This is a space that is intended to last forever.”

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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