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Oklahoma City Council approves MAPS 3 Convention Center preliminary report

March 29, 2017

Civic leaders celebrate ribbon-cutting for first senior health and wellness center

Mayor Mick Cornett and other civic leaders gathered on Feb. 28 for a ribbon cutting and open house at the first MAPS 3 Senior Health & Wellness Center.

Healthy Living and Fitness, Inc. will operate the center. Anyone age 50 and older can join, not just Oklahoma City residents. Individual memberships are $30 per month, and two people from the same household can share a membership for $50 per month. Visit healthylivingokc.com for membership details and other information.

The 40,272-square-foot building has a heated indoor saltwater fitness pool, a full-sized gymnasium, fully equipped exercise room, an aerobics room, classroom space, a demonstration kitchen, an outdoor bocce ball court, art studio, café, lounge, health screening room and more.

Every aspect of the senior center is designed to be easily accessible for older adults. A gently sloping ramp provides easy access to the pool and a curb-less parking lot are examples of design elements with seniors in mind.

W.L. McNatt is the construction contractor, and GSB is the architect.

Oklahoma City Council approves MAPS 3 Convention Center preliminary report

The Oklahoma City Council voted in February to approve the preliminary report for the MAPS 3 Downtown Convention Center, bringing it one step closer to its scheduled groundbreaking late this year.

The convention center, to be located south of Chesapeake Energy Arena adjacent to the future MAPS 3 Park, will feature sleek modern design, sweeping downtown views, 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, 45,000 square feet of meeting rooms and a 30,000-square-foot ballroom.

The massive exhibit hall dominates the ground floor and features three operable walls that can divide it into four smaller spaces, providing flexible layouts for different uses.

Meeting rooms are on all levels of the building, and many also have operable walls to make the spaces flexible. They can be configured to provide up to 27 individual meeting spaces.

The fourth level of the building is dedicated to the ballroom, which is complemented by 10,000 square feet of pre-function space and a 4,000-square-foot panoramic balcony.

Informal meeting spaces, a kitchen, an expansive loading dock and administrative offices are also planned for the convention center.

The gleaming, angular façade has towering glass walls to make maximum use of natural light and takes its design cues from Oklahoma City’s sky, landscape and architectural character.

The building will also make use of design elements and construction materials to maximize energy efficiency and resilience against weather conditions, which is especially important for a west-facing building in Oklahoma City’s unpredictable climate.

The interior design combines metallic, reflective surfaces with warm, rich wood tones and stacked stone textures. Landscaping outside the convention center will use native plants and trees well-suited to the local climate, with a focus on sustainability, comfort and beauty. A central plaza and other inviting spaces will help the convention center’s exterior come alive with activity.

Wayfinding stations inside and outside the convention center will be interactive.

The estimated cost of the convention center is about $194 million. The MAPS 3 Downtown Convention Center project budget is $288 million and includes other costs like property acquisition.

 

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

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