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2018 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.

OSU Center for Health Sciences - A. R. & Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building |
Architect: Dewberry Architects |
Photography by: Jon B. Petersen and Jon Crump

Rising up to face Highway 75 and Route 66 just outside of downtown Tulsa, the new, four-story Tandy Medical Academic Building features "America's Brightest Orange," drawing attention to this state-of-the­art educational, simulation, and clinical skills facility. Designed to address unique needs for training and educating doctors in the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS) curriculum and working in concert with OSU-CHS, our team defined the physical space needs required to support the mission and vision of the curriculum. This program shaped a design that will improve student outcomes and provide a valued resource through continuing education and hands-on medical simulation.

Broken Arrow Timber Ridge Elementary School | Architect: GH2 Architects |
Photography by: Yellow Dog Design Works

The school houses Pre-K through 5th grade students and includes the following spaces: 30 pod-style classrooms; eight special use classrooms including art, media center, music and STEM; full-size gymnasium with stage, spectator seating and a storm shelter; cafeteria and kitchen; main offices; clinic; multiple playgrounds; a bus oval; and separate area for parent pick-up and drop-off. The public spaces are carefully designed to be centralized for security.

Jenks Northwest Elementary School | Architect: GH2 Architects |
Photography by: Ralph Cole and Susan Rainey of Yellow Dog Design Works

Jenks Public Schools had two overcrowded elementary schools, Jenks East and West, and the new Jenks Northwest was structured as a mix of each unique zone. The facility was planned to be the link to bring together students from both sides of the Arkansas River and bridge the socioeconomic divide between the previously separated zones. The project had many obstacles including a compressed design and construction schedule and a small, steeply-sloped parcel of land on a congested street. The result is a large facility with a small footprint nestled in the hillside with unique play areas and off-street parking with minimal disruption to surrounding neighbors.

Tandy Family YMCA | Architect: GH2 Architects |
Photography by: Ralph Cole Photography and Yellow Dog Design Works

Dedicated to the art of healthy living the Tandy Family YMCA is located across from LaFortune Park in the heart of residential Tulsa. Originally constructed in 1968, our firm recently completed a transformation of this facility that included a 52,174 square foot renovation and a 42,790-square-foot addition. The intent of the project was to reflect the character of the organization in the design and to promote the core values of the YMCA (a healthy mind, body and spirit), while reinvigorating the dated facility to remain a landmark within the local community.

The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital | Architect: KKT Architects |
Photography by: Adam Murphy

The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital focuses on serving traumatically injured children and those dealing with debilitating illnesses. We were selected to design a new building for the Children’s Center campus which would allow them to serve hundreds more medically fragile children per year. The new facility will help them meet the growing statewide and regional demand for their inpatient and outpatient services. The 100,000 SF facility includes specialty spaces such as 16 long-term critical care units, 24 short term units, several diagnostic and treatment rooms used for a full spectrum of therapy services, two therapy gyms, an out-patient clinic, a chapel, multiple classrooms, and staff support spaces. In addition, the first floor features a conference center that can accommodate one large session of 350 people or several small trainings or meetings.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Community Hospital | Architect: 1 Architecture | 
Photography by: Aaron Kimberlin / 1 Architecture, LLC

When faced with the need to address an aging hospital in Okemah, Oklahoma, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation responded by designing a comprehensive regional wellness campus. The main building, a 122,000 square foot hospital, needed to proudly tell the story of the Muscogee People.

The task at hand was twofold, telling the history of a strong culture while also embracing and celebrating their future.

H-E-B Austin Mueller Grocery Store | Architect: Selser Schaefer Architects |
Photography by: Mark Gaynor Photography and Dror Baldinger Photography

Located at an abandoned municipal airport site, the design vocabulary of this new sustainable grocery store was inspired by the original airport as evidenced by the swooping entry element reminiscent of an airplane wing. Today the area known as Market District, is a highly sustainable mixed-use urban village, which attracts residents interested in green living.