Atkins wins contract again
U.K.-based Atkins again has been selected to provide statewide construction management services for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, a $7.5-million, two-year contract. Atkins has managed statewide construction projects for Transportation Department since 2009, overseeing the building of several bridges, roadway rehabilitation, upgrades required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, safety improvements, laying fiber-optic cable and improving traffic signals and streetlights. Atkins has expanded its office in Norman and plans to open an office in Tulsa.
“It's an honor to be chosen by ODOT for our third consecutive two-year contract,” said Jim Hunt, Atkins' Oklahoma district project director. “Winning this important contract reflects the confidence and trust our personnel have established through their dedication to quality and hard work with ODOT over the past four years.”
Program picks Design+Build
The nonprofit Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Bank of America, Fortune and the U.S. Small Business Administration have selected Design+Build Group LLC, 816 N Broadway Ave., as one of 178 companies for their annual Inner City Capital Connections program.
The free program identifies inner-city businesses in need of growth capital, educates them on the sources of capital, and matches them with capital providers. Design+Build Group offers construction management, design-build and general contracting services.
McDermid, McCaleb get honor
Anthony McDermid, principal at TAP Architecture, and Caleb McCaleb, president of McCaleb Homes, recently were honored with the Clearing the Path Award at the Mayor's Committee of Disability Concerns annual award luncheon. In support of the concept of creating residential spaces accessible to everyone, TAP Architecture and McCaleb Homes have embraced Universal Design and are “Clearing the Path” for others.
TAP Architecture and McCaleb Homes worked together on Porches at Arbor Creek, an area of McCaleb's Arbor Creek addition in Edmond, following the principles of Universal Design, which leads to spaces accessible by people without disabilities and people with disabilities.
“Buyers are telling us these days that ‘this is the home we're going to live in for the foreseeable future.' It's not just empty-nesters, but all the way down the price range,” McCaleb said. People are thinking about building or moving into a home to grow old in rather than moving into a retirement facility, he said.