Western lodge design
The Korral's look will set it apart from the surrounding Oklahoma Health Center. Pamela Deatherage, vice president of Crafton Tull, said the building is designed to
“We've used a lot of western lodge materials — wood siding and stone — and the stone matches what is used at the cancer center,” she said. It's similar to a Ronald McDonald House, she said, which also caters to families with children undergoing medical treatment.
Nees-Bright said the location, which is adjacent to a site designated for development of an Embassy Suites Hotel, is ideal for families with children traveling to Oklahoma City for cancer treatment.
“It's in the heart of Oklahoma City,” Nees-Bright said.
“It's central to everything, near doctors, and near the energy and vibe of downtown. Oklahoma is still a very rural community, and 80 percent of these kids are coming from outside our county. We have people traveling here for treatment every day. So this will be a very uplifting setting.”
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It's been in the board's mind to do this for several years,” Nees-Bright said. “We want to create a home away from home.”