Oklahoma City Community Foundation adding to its downtown building
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is preparing to add a three-story addition, creating a new look for the entrance to the popular Ninth Street entertainment strip.
The foundation built its headquarters on the block of Broadway between NW 9 and NW 10 in 2007, but left the corner at NW 9 a green space reserved for future expansion.
The time for development of that property has come, and construction is set to start in January, said Jana Steelman, the foundation's director of communications.
The current building is home to 37 foundation employees, and the community room is used throughout the year.
“We have grown so much,” Steelman said. “The request from the community for our meeting space is exceeding current capacity. We've got every square inch filled in our office space.”
The foundation addition is being designed by Hornbeek Blatt, whose principal architect, David Hornbeek, designed the original building so it could be expanded at a future date.
Steelman said the building's expansion is financed with money accumulated in the foundation's administrative fund.
The foundation addition likely will coincide with construction one block north where plans are advancing for construction of a five-story mixed-use building at 1122 N Broadway.
The 46,721-square-foot Broadway Park building is being built by Safdar Muhammad. His architect, Haven Mankin, said Thursday site work should begin next month, followed by construction later this year.
“We're getting bids for demolition, which we want to start as soon as possible,” Mankin said. “We have some soil cleanup we want to do and the environmental report will be submitted to the state fairly soon. There are some hydrocarbons that will have to be dealt with. We're scheduled to be done with all of the drawings by mid-October and then we will be going out for (construction) bids.”