Office project to begin
Work will start this week on a new home for the Oklahoma City office of the U.S. Social Security Administration at Market Center, an office park by PrecorRuffin on the northwest corner of NE 122 and Kelley Avenue. The work will begin with a small ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday at 12301 N Kelley Ave. Clyde Riggs Construction is the general contractor. Bockus Payne Architects designed the 23,000-square-foot office building.
Relocation of the federal agency offices will land another blow to troubled Shepherd Mall Office Complex, 2401 NW 23. Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which leases around 150,000 square feet of space, plans to relocate in early 2014 to the former Lincoln Park Hotel after it is renovated and expanded. U.S. Bank N.A. started foreclosure proceedings against the 709,000-square-foot former retail mall on March 1.
Housing Summit set for April 4
The triennial Housing Summit organized by the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency will be April 4 at Moore Norman Technology Center, 13301 S Pennsylvania. Experts will present the latest trends in financing, designing, preserving and building affordable housing. Steve Thomas, former host of PBS's “This Old House” and Discovery's “Renovation Nation,” kicks off the event with a keynote presentation called “The Great Art of Sustainability” during breakfast.
Organizations participating include the National Council of State Housing Agencies; the National Housing Trust; Mennonite Housing in Wichita, Kan.; Enterprise Community Investment Inc. in Columbia, Md.; and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Center in New Orleans.