A modernization of the building will include replacement of the tilt-up concrete with a sleek modern glass façade and the addition of 400 parking spaces of structured parking above the office space and an adjoining upscale restaurant.
The all glass design, Pierson said, will provide openness and transparency both internally and externally. Passersby will be able to watch the state’s largest newsroom at work each day as well as all the activities taking place within its ground floor studio.
Digital signage outside the building will serve as a “town crier” for the community featuring live video, breaking news, public announcements, activities, advertising and promotions of civic and charitable groups.
The Oklahoma Publishing Company was formed by E.K. Gaylord to operate the newspaper and other holdings in 1903, and the newspaper relocated twice over the next few years before the construction of its historic, longtime home at NW 4 and Broadway. The building opened in 1909, just as the first skyscrapers began to emerge among the downtown skyline, one of which, the Colcord Hotel, is still standing across from the Century Center.