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2016 AIA Eastern Oklahoma Design  Excellence Awards - People's Choice
Architecture - Large Commercial

Please consider the following Large Commercial Projects submitted in this year's AIA Eastern Oklahoma Design Excellence Awards.  The link to vote for your favorite can be found at the bottom of this page.

Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum | Hastings-Chivetta Architects

Photography By: Sam Pentress


This 32,000sf research center balances providing visitors a high-quality experience while keeping thousands of one-of-a -kind documents housed in the center safe and secure. The new Helmerich Research Center is located adjacent to and supports the Gilcrease Museum. The center is home to 35,000 books, 40,000 manuscripts, 300maps, an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and more. The design team created a building that balances two competing goals: keeping the documents secure while allowing a high quality visitor experience.

Hogan Assessments Global Headquarters | Selser Schaefer Architects

Photography By: Ralph Cole Photography


On the surface, the program was to create a 35,000 SF headquarters for a global information company. An innovative and collaborative work area that could accommodate 73 staff with potential to grow. What is not on the surface is the company’s dedication to Tulsa, the resurgence of downtown and how that shaped this project. Note how the building responds to Tulsa’s past, present and future through the use of masonry with punched openings, tight skinned curtainwall and metal. The project integrates a geothermally sourced displacement air delivery system, high performance envelope, green roof and energy efficient lighting.

Inpatient Tower Expansion, Cancer Treatment Centers of America | Dewberry Architects Inc.

Photography By: Jon B. Petersen


This 202,000 SF inpatient tower addition to an existing hospital provides 72 all-private patient rooms designed to maximize daylight and views; 48 guest quarters rooms; a culinary department including a kitchen, servery and dining room; gathering and lounge areas for patients and family respite located throughout; a welcoming main lobby with abundant space for patient services; a vehicular drop-off canopy handling high volume traffic; patient wellness, respite and education areas including a demonstration kitchen, salon/spa and gift shop; new MEP systems, utility and service areas supporting campus and future needs; and a courtyard providing green space for year-round activities.

Piedmont College, Student Commons | Beck Design

Photography By: Donald K. Beck, Jr.


Piedmont College’s new Student Commons organically, grows out of the sloping site, transitioning 15 feet from the upper to the lower level of the space. The interior atrium slices through the building in a curve that follows the natural slope of the site, creating the main circulation spine. The atrium becomes a major focal point that brings the natural light into all of the interior spaces. This infusion of natural light creates spaces that are bringing the outside into the building. This space is one that is highly utilized by students and faculty for meetings, study groups and collaboration.

Society of Exploration Geophysicists Headquarters | GH2 Architects, LLC

Photography By: Ralph Cole Photography


With a simple, clean design inspired by the surrounding natural landscape, the new four-story, Class A office building and a 140-space parking garage for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) is located on the 11-acre park-like Geophysical Resource Campus. Visible from all sides, the new structures nestles into the rolling landscape at 91st and Yale in South Tulsa. Natural elements of wood, glass, exposed steel, stone and geological features are incorporated throughout the building and site. An efficient building core design allows a trio of 20,000-square foot upper floor plates to provide column-free leasable space between the building core and exterior.

Tulsa Technology Center, Sand Springs Campus | Dewberry Architects Inc.

Photography By: Jon B. Petersen


The new TTC Sand Springs facility provided a challenging adaptive reuse opportunity. The client had purchased the former Ford dealership, and using that as the bones of the new campus, the design team transformed the aged and uninspiring steel framed structure into a visually stunning work of contemporary architecture. Situated at a prominent location near Sand Springs’ easternmost boundary, the new building serves as an architectural gateway welcoming westward travelers into town, and is a first step in raising the bar, architecturally, as well as expanding higher education for this part of the community.

Unit Corporation | KKT Architects, Inc.

Photography By: Adam Murphy


Having purchased a 30-acre site for their new headquarters, the company directors had a clear understanding of how the building needed to perform, but had seemingly contradicting ideas for the headquarters. KKT was able to design a six-story building that conveys strength, stability and timelessness, yet is modern and sleek while providing individual offices for more than 500 employees. This 196,000 S.F. building includes a storm shelter, parking garage, and enclosed walkway. The building overlooks a primary circulation corridor and sited to allow for a future office park expansion and a potential retail center in outlying areas of the property.