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

Please consider the following Small 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.

Admiral Twin Drive-In | 1 Architecture, LLC


This 9-story Tulsa icon was originally built in 1951 and became famous in the 1983 movie The Outsiders. On September 3, 2010, a fire resulted in a complete loss of the original wooden structure. The objective became to help bring the theater back to life. The new trapezoidal all steel design incorporates elements of the original structure while the plan pays homage to old school movie cameras. Other design elements include a rooftop stage for events and a sustainable concession stand. The resurrected Admiral Twin Drive-In reopened June 2012 and is again a vibrant part of the community.

The Collegiate Center, Edison Preparatory School | KSQ Design

Photography By: Melissa Lukenbaugh


The Collegiate Center at Edison Preparatory High School in Tulsa is safe, transparent and accessible in an incredibly programmatically dense space; 15 distinct spaces are within the 18,884 SF addition and in this case, “safe” includes two new FEMA-361, ICC-500-rated safe rooms that double as multipurpose halls.

Home Builders Association | W Design

Photography By: Ben Chau


The Home Builder's Association remodels their 40 year old headquarters.  The new design reinvigorates the building with new opportunities.

Petroleum Equipment Institute | W Design

Photography By: Ben Chau


After a fire destroyed their headquarters, the Petroleum Equipment Institute and W Design searched for a silver lining in the form of a new building. Starting over with only an existing foundation, PEI was able to create a more open and collaborative workspace flooded with natural light and symbolic materiality.

Shangri-La | Architects Collective


Shangri-La was Oklahoma’s premier resort in the 1970s and 80s but fell bankruptcy in 1986. In 2010 the property was purchased by Tulsan, Eddy Gibbs. His dream - restore the property to a world class resort.

A building would be the catalyst and:

Respect Shangri-La’s history

Create a premier golf club, restaurant, bar, and fitness center

And

Reflect Oklahoma’s western heritage

A 1000lb eagle would set atop a 30’ pedestal. The Eagle had set atop Shangri-La’s Lodge for three decades symbolizing strength and freedom. The Club and the reclaimed eagle would be the start to the “Rebirth of Shangri-La”.

Spain Ranch | King Architectural Solutions

Photography By: John Spain Photography


4,800 Sq Ft New England style barn designed intentionally for hosting weddings and receptions. The building has three main wings. The smallest wing houses the bride's quarters as well as ADA bathrooms and a full commercial warming kitchen. Both the chapel and reception wings contain windows the focus views out toward nature while also allowing an abundance of light enhanced by the white painted vaulted space of exposed heavy timber columns and beams.

Tulsa Ballet Hardesty Arts Center for Dance Education | Selser Schaefer Architects

Photography By: Ralph Cole Photography


Hardesty Center for Dance Education extends the Ballet beyond Tulsa and presents itself to a new group of people…young people aspiring to be dancers, their parents and others who will avail themselves of the ballet because it is now in their backyard. The center offers ballet classes for ages 3 to adults. The building was inspired by ballet itself. The regimentation of the classic ballet positions, the exuberance of combining the positions into expressive dance. Even the barre is expressed on the building exterior as well as the classic pas de deux in the arrangement of form.

Tulsa Community College Riverside Aviation Center | GH2 Architects, LLC

Photography By: Yellow Dog Design Works: Susan Rainey


Highlighted by a bold “TCC-blue” curve, the new front entry of the renovated Tulsa Community College Riverside Aviation Center was inspired by the contour of an airplane wing. The focal point of the lobby is a repurposed 747-Half Cowling reception desk. A large student lounge features high ceilings and custom Tulsa skyline wall graphics. The airplane hangar was modernized, with new finishes, LED lighting and a foam generator fire suppression system. The Aviation Center curriculum includes air traffic control and flight instruction as well as general education courses. This renovation provides a creative, authentic and effective learning environment for students.

Tulsa Community College Southeast Campus Student Union | Beck Design

Photography By: Donald K. Beck, Jr.


The $1.1 million project was more than a facelift and has transformed student-life and the student experience on campus in a positive way. Tulsa Community College’s focus was to create a space that would attract students for books and supplies as well as provide an area where they would want to gather. The design, a true collaboration with TCC staff, students and faculty, created a successful, functional and beautiful space. Beginning with a new entrance and an organic modern rectangular arch entry, the remodel converted the space into an engaging and lively atmosphere. The space was designed to stimulate students through collaboration and student connections.

Zanmai | Freese Architecture, Inc.

Photography By: Ralph Cole Photography


ZANMAI – “Enjoy!” in Japanese – is the name of the modern Japanese restaurant on the second floor of this two story retail development, and has become the moniker of the entire building as well. The inspiration of the design concept is based on the theory of “Yin and Yang” from Taoist philosophy, which is the idea of harmony achieved with the ever-changing balance of opposite forces or elements. The building is a study in the balance of opposites: Black and white, opaque and transparent, vertical and horizontal.