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Old Posted Oct 9, 2019, 1:22 AM
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OKC is slowing building an impressive public realm.
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Old Posted Oct 9, 2019, 1:35 AM
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Peerson, thanks again for these updates! Amazing stuff.
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Old Posted Oct 9, 2019, 8:57 PM
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Originally Posted by plutonicpanda View Post
Peerson, thanks again for these updates! Amazing stuff.
No prob. I enjoy putting the word out on OKC...

A few more updates:

Fan Club / Okie Kush

Latest progress on this sport bar and arcade:


The concrete sidewalks are being broken up and removed, to be replaced with topsoil for plants / landscaping.
The site plan reveals the details:


Cajun Corner

This is the new Asian fusion seafood restaurant being built along 23rd street.

(that photo was from earlier this summer).

It's getting close to opening now.



Social media page says to expect an October opening.
Seems like there's a bit more to finish on the building, but they're already hiring, so it must be fairly soon.

Just for reference, here are the renderings.


One more item.

The southern plaza near the Bricktown Canal is nearing completion.

Here's how it looked at the beginning of summer:


And now from a photo taken within the last few days:


The flagpole installed is the one removed from the site of the Bricktown Marriott Renaissance Hotel (currently under construction).

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Old Posted Oct 10, 2019, 7:17 AM
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FlowRider Surf Machine @The Boathouse District

A new double occupancy FlowRider surf machine is to be installed in the Boathouse District.

This will be immediately adjacent to the Whitewater Rapids facility.


This was originally proposed back in 2013.
So long ago that I had actually forgotten about it.

Glad that it's finally arrived.
It fits in with the other activities in the area (whitewater rafting, zip lines, bike pump track...)

Construction bids are currently out.

While flowriding is certainly cool, it has a history of generating injuries from falls.
I hope they design this carefully to minimize accidents and keep this a fun activity.
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Old Posted Oct 10, 2019, 9:20 AM
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Fields & Futures

An interesting undertaking in the OKC metro area is called Fields & Futures.
This is a non-profit organization that builds / renovates sporting venues for local schools.


twitter page: https://twitter.com/FieldsFutures

The project is the creation of Tommy Noble and Tim McLaughlin.

The Oklahoman has published a nice article about this:
Meet the man moving heaven and lots of earth to rebuild fields in Oklahoma City Schools

Noble owns a construction company that does all the work at cost.
They receive support from other local businesses as well.


Donations have been good -- the organization keeps very busy.
Here's a passage that highlights Noble's heavy schedule:

Over the past six years, he has overseen the completion of 22 fields. Three or four a year.

This summer with the district’s Pathway to Greatness plan shuttering some schools and shuffling others, he is overseeing fields being built simultaneously at eight schools.
Tommy Noble:


The frantic pace keeps Noble constantly in motion.
He jokes: “It’s a good thing I don’t have hair”.

Here's a look at some of the projects Fields & Futures has worked on:

Track field at U.S. Grant High School


Futsal court at Classen SAS Middle School



Soccer field at Classen SAS Middle School


New soccer field at Capitol Hill Middle School



Futsal court at Wheeler Middle School



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Old Posted Oct 10, 2019, 2:11 PM
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ASA Hall of Fame Stadium Improvements

The ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, located just north of the zoo, has long been host to the Women's College World Series (softball championship).

In 2018, a $21 million enhancement project was announced for the stadium.
It was part of a negotiated deal to keep the WCWS in OKC until 2035.

Existing stadium:

Renderings of the improved stadium:

The stadium currently has a capacity of 7300.
The improvements will add 4000 upper deck seats bringing capacity to 11,300.

Other enhancements include new restrooms, suites, media areas and underground connection of team rooms to the dugouts.

Initial work began right after the 2018 series was over.



Construction paused to allow the 2019 world series to be played.


It resumed again this summer.

Latest pics: 10-7-2019

This will complete in time for the 2020 series to be played in the spring.


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Old Posted Oct 11, 2019, 10:39 PM
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Construction activity has finally started at The Forum at Lincoln Plaza:


This complex is being renovated by Richard Tanenbaum, a prominent local developer.

The rounded hotel building will become 113 luxury apartments.
The rectangular building with the open courtyards is to be a combination of office space and amenities for the apartment residents.



This is expected to start leasing in late 2020.
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Some more updated info on the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine...

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has selected The Boldt Company as the general contractor for the project.

The Boldt Company is a national construction company with offices around the country, including one in Oklahoma City.
They have worked on numerous other projects in the OKC area including the Bricktown Ballpark.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Sunday, November 3rd.


The groundbreaking event will be 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the future site of the shrine.
The event will include kid and family activities and is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

They have recently released a few new renderings:


An article from Constructor Magazine goes into great detail about the design of this project:

"The front of the church will feature two towers at the main entrance.
Extending out in front of the church will be a large zocalo (or plaza), with a central fountain, that serves as the focal point for large gatherings, as well as to connect the church to the surrounding buildings and the landscape beyond.
The zocalo is bordered by a covered arcade that provides protection from rain and sun."

Flanking the church and the zocalo are a pair of buildings.
One building will house a museum with exhibits telling the story of Father Rother’s life, as well as a Pilgrim Center with a gift shop and café, along with offices for the shrine staff.
On the opposite side of the zocalo is a large multi-purpose event hall and classrooms for religious education.

The Pilgrim Center will be the first arrival point upon reaching the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine and the pathway for pilgrims to reach the main church and chapel.
Inside the 6,000 sq-ft facility, pilgrims will find an orientation room with a video documentary, and the museum will feature artifacts from every stage of his life.
Building on a Prayer - Constructor Magazine

The shrine is designed in the Spanish Mission style reminiscent of the buildings in the Guatemalan village where Stanley Rother served.

A simulation video has been released that gives a virtual tour in and around the planned shrine:

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State Capitol Restoration

Here's a look at the State Capitol and its ongoing restoration project.




The roof has been getting a lot of attention lately.


Also, the visitor's entrance, rotunda, and governor's office have seen a lot of activity.
They've posted a progress video from which I grabbed some still shots.

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wow nice renovations!
Joined the bus on the 33rd seat
By the doo-doo room with the reek replete
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Old Posted Yesterday, 12:53 AM
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Originally Posted by dc_denizen View Post
wow nice renovations!
Well, I won't argue with that.
(it would be rude to argue afterall... )

Scissortail Park is holding regular Fall Markets (every Saturday in October).
Some of the photos posted of the event give a nice view of the Convention Center and its progress.

And it's looking mighty nice with the glass going in.

Look at a shot from earlier this summer:


Compare with how it looks now:



Although it wasn't designed as such, the park will end up as a major - if not the main - amenity for convention goers.
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St. Joseph Old Cathedral

On this quiet Sunday, I thought I'd introduce a wonderful church in downtown Oklahoma City.

St. Joseph Old Cathedral is located on 307 NW 4th Street.
This is along the streetcar route.

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The interior is stunning.


The building received extensive damage from the 1995 bombing.
It was closed for 2 years for repairs.

Afterwards, the church installed a statue called "And Jesus Wept" on the north side where the old rectory used to be (it was destroyed in the bombing)



It is still very much an active church.


A recent wedding photo:


The cross atop the steeple is now illuminated at night.
This began earlier this year -- the first time in 50 years.

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