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.”
TEEMCO was one of the parties that sought to buy the Gold Dome from Box after the demolition plans were made public.
TEEMCO is an environmental services company providing services to the oil, gas, fuel and agriculture industries. It also develops software for environmental compliance management and risk management. It has offices in Edmond; Houston; Midland, Texas; Pittsburg, Kan.; Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.
Cunningham said final plans and designs will be unveiled at a groundbreaking in late July to be hosted by the TEEMCO Foundation with preconstruction tours provided to guests. Tickets will be sold for the groundbreaking, with proceeds donated to Moore tornado relief efforts and to a local woman in need of a kidney transplant.
“The party will enable the community to share in the revitalization of the dome from start to finish,” Cunningham said. “We'll have another grand reopening party after restoration is complete. The parties will also raise money for two very worthy causes. It's about contributing to the community.”
When the Gold Dome was built at NW 23 and Classen in 1958, the two-story building with the familiar round anodized aluminum roof was touted by Citizens Bank as “the bank of tomorrow.”The Gold Dome was designed by Robert B. Roloff of the Oklahoma architecture firm Bailey, Bozalis, Dickinson & Roloff in collaboration with Kaiser Aluminum Corp. The building was based on the geodesic design by noted inventor, architect and engineer Buckminster Fuller.