Renovation of the former Braniff Airlines headquarters, now a part of the SandRidge Commons, is progressing with the installation of a modern glass wall on the building's former alley facade.
Greg Dewey, spokesman for SandRidge Energy Inc., said the building's cornerstone tenant, Kitchen No. 324, should be set to open this winter. The restaurant and bakery will be operated by Good Egg Dining Group, which also owns Tucker's, Cheever's Cafe, Iron Star Barbeque and Red Prime Steakhouse.
SandRidge employees will begin moving into offices on the upper floors in 2013. The modern glass facade being added to the former alley side of the building is designed to match an amenities building set to be built this next year 120 Robert S. Kerr Ave. and other future additions to the SandRidge Commons.
Renovations on the 10-story Braniff Building, 324 N Robinson Ave., began last year. The original deep red color of the brick was re-exposed after gray paint was removed, and the west facade is being restored while a modern facade is being added to the former alley facade facing east.
The 75,584-square-foot building was designed by architect Andrew Solomon Layton. It was built in 1923 by Thomas Braniff for his insurance agency and was later home to the airline he founded, Braniff Airways, until he moved operations to Dallas in the early 1940s. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.