TEEMCO, an Edmond environmental engineering firm, is set to announce a redevelopment agreement with Gold Dome owner David Box that would preserve the historic landmark.
TEEMCO representatives confirmed Thursday the company intends to move its 65-person operation into the building after it completes renovations. More details about the sale and preservation are set to be announced at a news conference Friday.
“TEEMCO believes the building should be preserved for future generations to appreciate,” said Arrow Cunningham, spokesman for TEEMCO. “Revitalizing the Gold Dome fits into our core belief in protecting our environment, whether natural or man-made.”
Box, owner of the Greens Country Club and Box Talent, bought the building at 1112 NW 23 last fall for $800,000 after it was seized in foreclosure by Bank 7 from the prior owner, Dr. Irene Lam.
Box initially promised he had no intent of tearing down the Gold Dome, but in March he filed for a demolition permit. That permit was spiked by the city because Box had not filed an application with the Urban Design Committee, which governs exterior changes, including demolitions, in the surrounding Asian District.
Box backed away from demolition plans after protests were voiced by preservationists and the architecture community. Built in 1958, it is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of five buildings in the world with a geodesic dome.
“The building holds a great deal of significance to many people in Oklahoma City,” said Box, who will join TEEMCO executives and civic leaders in a news conference at 10 a.m. Friday at the dome. “I'm excited to work alongside TEEMCO to refresh this area, and can't be more pleased they will preserve the Gold Dome.”
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