The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) Shaped My Life series of videos highlights notable Oklahomans and the teaching profession. At a time when teacher shortages are acute statewide, the Shaped My Life campaign is a reminder of the ways educators change lives and leave a lasting legacy in the minds of their students.In the Shaped My Life campaign (#shapEDmylife), short videos give some of our most distinguished fellow Oklahomans the opportunity to reflect on a teacher who made the greatest impact on their lives.
OSDE plans to release a new episode of the Shaped My Life campaign weekly. Use the #shapEDmylife hashtag on Facebook or Twitter to join the conversation about a teacher who shaped yours.
The most famous Flatiron Building is the New York icon by D.H Burnham and Company. But Oklahoma has a version, too, completed a couple of decades later: a triangular hotel in blond brick and painted steel. Leave it to Interior Design Hall of Fame member Rand Elliott to transform this long-abandoned landmark into a lantern of delight, in his words “a project with soul.” Hired by a company that insures medical professionals, he converted the building into office space and added a penthouse for a total of 20,000 square feet...
Celebrating 40 years of business with 40 years of sketchbooks on display at a phenomenal location, W&W Steel. Thanks to Rick Cooper and Jeff Cherry at W&W Steel for lending us their space and crew, Margaret Holloway and her fabulous group from Cafe 501 for the delicious food, and to all our friends and colleagues that have made our last 40 years so successful.
The inspiration behind the architectural vision. "Architects' Drawings" opened Friday, June 3rd at Cross Mackenzie Gallery. Honored to be a part of this group, if you're in DC come check it out.
On-line architectural e-zine DesignCurial wants to give outstanding gas and petrol stations the architectural merit they deserve. They have scoured the world and put together a list of the World's 10 Best Gas Stations. Topping that list is POPS Arcadia on historic Route 66. To celebrate this recognition we wanted to take a look back at one of our favorite projects and the idea behind the design.
As a place POPS embodies the roadside destination and is an icon in an unexpected place. For the pre-baby boomers and baby boomers, POPS is packed with memories of family vacations, motels, the open road, and the pride of automobile ownership.
POPS is not an accident. It was designed as an icon, a destination and a stop for food, fuel, t-shirts and the ultimate photo op. At POPS eight hundred different flavors of soda pop are both a wonder and a delight for all ages. Parents have memories and kids make memories as they park their cars around the 66’ tall bottle waiting for the light show to begin at dusk.
POPS embodies a larger-than-life experience remembering the steel truss bridges on Route 66 and appreciating the farmland off the interstate.
Take a look at the definitive list of DesignCurial's 10 best designs, from Oklahoma to Leicestershire, Slovakia to the Netherlands.
From the roadside classics to the LA icons, remarkable stations in Georgia to cacti compositions, these rest stops will defy your previous notions of the commonplace filling station.
|Selected for the cover of Interior Design's October 2015 issue and winner of the AIA Central States Region 2015 Honor Award, this unique project challenges us to rethink our relationship with waste. Visit the ImageNet project page for a detailed look at the concepts behind the design and the full image gallery.
|The original delivery dock is transformed into a primary conference and presentation space. A “cloud” made of pre-owned filing cabinets suspended from the ceiling represent the transition from paper-based systems to storing information digitally in the cloud.
||The main lobby poses the question “What will your solution be?” You start your journey with a question and finish with a solution. Repurposed formed foam panels are a greeting for the administrative offices and a statement to the company’s commitment to recycling.
|E+A's ImageNet Carrollton project on the cover of Interior Design Magazine's October 2015 issue
The Architecture of Information: Rand Elliott connects the digital and physical at ImageNet
Article: Edie Cohen
Photography: Scott McDonald/Gray City Studios
The CHK | Central Boathouse set to open on April 18th will serve as the home and training facility for the UCO women’s rowing team and will feature the Martha Burger Art Gallery, the C. Hubert Gragg Shell Gallery, the MidFirst Bank Performance Hall, office and conference space, concessions, a green room and indoor rowing machines.
“The grand opening of the CHK |Central Boathouse will be a very special day for Central and the metro community. UCO is proud and excited to be part of the growing story of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and we look forward to celebrating the years of work and collaboration that have gone into making the dream of Central’s boathouse a reality.” UCO President Don Betz
The inspiration flowed from the connection of rowing, art and music and its relationship to rhythm, flow, and movement. Elliott + Associates' goal was to create an architectural spirit that embodies the similarities shared by these three disciplines. The hope is that you will be able to see the abstract connections in the architectural form and light. Some connections are quiet and some connections are bold. Imagine a song inspired by rowing.
“There’s a wonderful relationship between music, rowing and art. Nothing exists like this anywhere in the world. Rowing is one of the most beautiful sports and one of the oldest sports in recorded history. To put all three of these together on the Oklahoma River is one of a kind!” – Rand Elliott, FAIA, Architect, Elliott + Associates Architects
The University of Central Oklahoma will celebrate the grand opening of the CHK |Central Boathouse with a community celebrationon April 18 from 10a to 5p. To view more information on the April 18 community celebration activities click HERE.
2015 proved to be another fantastic year for The Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture's growing OKLAHOMANMADE Architecture Photography competition. Open to Oklahoma licensed architects and intern architects, Oklahoma students, the general public, and professional photographers, the competition focuses on photography that showcases the man made environment in Oklahoma. The top entries are used throughout the year in publications produced by the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture and AIA Central Oklahoma. During the 2015 awards ceremony on April 9th, Rand Elliott, FAIA was honored to receive 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention in the Architect/Intern Architect category.Congratulations Rand!
Essential places, people, trends, and ideas that have turned the world's most intelligent cities into travelers' hottest tickets.
#30 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: population 600,000: This once workaday city has transformed 7.5 miles of dry riverbed into an urban park (Oklahoma River Trails) and Olympic-caliber rowing center. Bricktown has emerged as an entertainment district. And the list of capital improvements keeps growing; new features include streetcars and bike lanes.
To read the full National Geographic Traveler list visit here.
Restoration of this historic Flatiron and future home of Plico has begun. Always interesting to see what the process unveils.
A view of the two sisters.
If you have driven by the Boathouse District recently you will have noticed that construction on the CHK Central Boathouse is moving right along. As always, we have been out there to document the construction process. Below is a sampling of some of our favorite views.
Two projects by Elliott + Associates Architects, Oklahoma City’s leading architecture firm, are shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival awards in Singapore this fall.
The shortlist, which includes more than 40 countries worldwide, lists only 10 U.S. architecture firms. Elliott + Associates is the only American firm recognized in their respective categories. Elliott + Associates has two projects, RJ Marfa and the Oklahoma State University Postal Plaza Gallery, featured in the residential and culture categories.
“The World Architecture Festival is the largest and most prestigious live awards competition in the world,” Elliott + Associates Principal Rand Elliott said. “For our firm’s projects to be chosen among the best in the world is a great honor.”
Inspired by artists represented at the Chinati Foundation’s contemporary art museum in Marfa, the vision of RJ Marfa focuses on a visual connection to landscape, the sky and the stars. The team focused on many ways to capture and view natural light.
The OSU Postal Plaza Gallery architectural concept was to create a teaching space, viewing galleries and a state-of-the-art storage facility to accommodate a new and growing collection of art.
The World Architecture Festival will take place Oct. 1-3. Richard Rogers (England), Rocco Yim (Hong Kong) and Julie Eizenberg (USA) are just a few of the 61 world-renowned judges and speakers.
RJ Marfa rendering credit: Skyline Inc.
OSU Postal Plaza Museum photo credit: Scott McDonald © Hedrich Blessing
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City council approves plans for a new whitewater facility around the Oklahoma River. This is one of the MAPS 3 projects.
The new whitewater facility will essentially sit behind the Riversport Adventures zip line park. The north side of the Oklahoma River at the east end of the Boathouse district, will be transformed.
It's an 11-acre whitewater facility that city officials say will be world class, designed for family fun, and community health.
To read the full article and view the News9 media coverage please click HERE.
Elliott + Associates selected as architects for the new arts center
Oklahoma City - Oklahoma Contemporary is pleased to announce that Elliott + Associates Architects, led by Rand Elliott, has been selected as the architect for the new Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center which will be located at 11th and Broadway (Automobile Alley), just north of downtown Oklahoma City.
"I am grateful to the Oklahoma Contemporary Board of Trustees for allowing us this opportunity. Chris Keesee is a visionary leader, and we will create an iconic structure to support the Oklahoma Contemporary mission of teaching art and showing art. We are proud to create a timeless piece of architecture that will anchor the northeast corner of Downtown," - Rand Elliott, FAIA
Details of the design include:
• Oklahoma Contemporary will be the north gateway into Downtown.
• Oklahoma Contemporary will energize Campbell Park.
• Our site will be a great place to watch trains.
• The Architectural Concept is called Folding Light.
• The exterior will react to the sun.
• It will float above the ground.
• It will be memorable in the dark.
• Our intention is to build a signature building.
Taking a child's view of the project was a winner for Elliott + Associates
"When architect Rand Elliott pitched his design concept for a new childcare center at the Oklahoma City campus of gas company Chesapeake he literally went down on his knees. It wasn't that Elliott, who heads up the successful Oklahoma-based practice Elliott + Associates, was desperate for work; he was making a point: to design for children, you have to think on their level - roughly 1m from the ground." - Jamie Mitchell, Editor FX Magazine
Proud to see our project on the cover of FX. If you would like to read the full article please click HERE to download PDF.
OSU Postal Plaza Gallery - Now in its second year, the Architizer A+ Awards are the definitive global architectural awards program with 60+ categories and over 300 judges. With a global audience that exceeds 80,000,000 viewers and media partners that include the Wall Street Journal, Cool Hunting, Gizmodo and GOOD, the A+ Awards are an opportunity to be recognized amongst the best in the profession.
This year the OSU Postal Plaza Gallery, designed by Elliott + Associates, was chosen as one of five finalists in the Cultural - Art Galleries category. Over 2,650 entries from more than 100 countries were submitted to this year's awards program.
Photo © Scott McDonald - Hedrich Blessing
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - The Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture each year hosts the OKLAHOMANMADE Architecture Photography competition. Open to Oklahoma licensed architects and intern architects, Oklahoma students, the general public, and professional photographers, the competition focuses on photography that showcases the manmade environment in Oklahoma. The top entries are used throughout the year in publications produced by the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture and AIA Central Oklahoma. During the 2014 awards ceremony on April 10th, Rand Elliott, FAIA was awarded first, second, and third place in the Architect/Intern Architect category for his Light Chemistry, Sun Lines, and Wing photographs.
Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District was abuzz with live music and excitement Thursday afternoon as the University of Central Oklahoma celebrated the start of construction on the Central Boathouse. The project has long been in the works and is seen as yet another milestone for the Oklahoma River and the Boathouse District. “We are so pleased to be a part of the story of Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma,” UCO President Don Betz said. “We are here today not to say, ‘We are looking for more donations for this project,’ but, ‘Gentlemen, start your engines.’” The new addition is expected to be complete in one year.
The $7 million, 18,000-square-foot facility will not only house boats and oars, but it will double as a music and art venue. Supporting local artists and bands is something Betz said he is looking forward to. Mike Knopp, executive director of the Boathouse District, spoke Thursday about other future developments on the way. A whitewater course, rowing course renovations, a new buoy system and a zip line across the river are some of the new things to come. “There’s not going to be more adventure and world-class water sports to be had anywhere like Oklahoma City,” Knopp said as the UCO rowing team stood behind him.
The rowing team members were given commemorative yellow oars to mark the occasion. Thursday’s celebration came to a close with speakers and guests signing a beam that will be part of the construction project. This will be the third boathouse in the district.
-Kyle Schwab, The Oklahoman Staff Writer
Thrilled to be working on the $21M overhaul of Science Museum Oklahoma. What a wonderful space this will be for OKC children http://tinyurl.com/k73jwob
Visitors get a look at a Deinonychus during a test tour of a new exhibit, Red Dirt Dinosaurs, at Science Museum Oklahoma, Thursday, October 10, 2013. Photo by David McDaniel, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City, January 3, 2014 – In December, more than 900 people from the design community (designers and manufacturers) gathered at the Frank Gehry design, IAC Building at 555 West 18th Street in New York City for the 8th Annual Best of Year Awards. These awards represent the preeminent design competition recognizing superior design projects and products for 2013. Project design winners were chosen by Interior Design Editor in Chief Cindy Allen and the magazine staff. The auditorium was standing room only, as the winners were announced live by hosts Cindy Allen and Mark Strauss, President and Publisher using the IAC’s 80 foot video wall to present. This year’s Best of Year competition experienced record-breaking numbers: 1,800 submissions – 50 percent more than last year.
Lingo Construction Services in Oklahoma City was Best of Year in the Office: Restoration/Renovation category. Located in the historic Automobile Alley District of Oklahoma City, the design transformed an existing 1930 historic masonry and steel building into a modern office space where transparent walls allow the construction process to be visible – local award-winning architect Rand Elliott’s concept called X-Ray.
“We believe buildings are a tool that will allow businesses to meet their goals. Through the design and construction of this particular project, we are able to display our ability to execute a place of art, craftsmanship and functionality. This project is an example of not only the successful communication between owner and architect, but the victory of collaboration between architect, contractor and subcontractors. It is a joy to work in this environment and an honor to lead individuals through the space during their first visit,” said Stan Lingo, president of Lingo Construction Services.
The Marfa Contemporary Gallery in Marfa, Texas, was announced as an honoree in the Institutional: Arts category. The gallery is a satellite project of the Oklahoma Contemporary Gallery in Oklahoma City and allows Oklahoma Contemporary to expand operations into the southwest region of the U.S. By having a satellite gallery in Marfa, a town with a well-established reputation in the international art arena, it will stimulate further interest in Oklahoma Contemporary throughout the world.
"It was probably one of the most fun evenings I've had in New York. Having Marfa Contemporary honored as a finalist in the ‘cultural' category was so exciting. Many thanks to Rand for helping create such an exciting place in Marfa!" said Christian Keesee, chairman of Kirkpatrick Bank.
There were 46 project categories, including retail, office, educational, residential and hospitality sectors. The 46 winners were selected from 1,000 entries. The Best of Year Awards featured global entries including projects from the United States, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Spain, France and Italy.
Photo credit: Jesse Dittmar: Left to right: Christian Keesee, Jeanette Elliott, Cindy Allen, Rand Elliott, Renee and Stan Lingo
Lingo Construction Services images Photo credit: Scott McDonald © Hedrich Blessing
Marfa Contemporary Gallery images Photo credit: Scott McDonald © Hedrich Blessing
River Attraction: Oklahoma River is becoming a big draw for Oklahoma City
In just a few short years, a series of improvements along the Oklahoma River have transformed the one time flood control channel into one of Oklahoma Citys top attractions.
By Steve Lackmeyer Modified: June 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm Published: June 30, 2013
Photo - A view of the new Interstate 40 passing over the canal extension to the Oklahoma River at he Boathouse District in Oklahoma City, Thursday, June 27, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
It"s more a happy accident of design rather than intentional civic promotion that has thousands of cross-country travelers wondering about the amusement park€ they see rising up along the Oklahoma River.
The sight of dozens of kids crawling all over the 80-foot-high SandRidge Sky Trail alone is proving to be a draw for some of the 111,500 motorists who travel the new highway daily. Mike Knopp, director of the Oklahoma Boathouse Foundation, can only imagine what the response might be once the master plan for the area is fully realized over the next few years.
People see the Sky Trail, and they come here thinking it is an amusement park,â€€ Knopp said. And in some ways, you can say it is. We like to call it an adventure park.
The draw of just the Sky Trail alone - a structure that includes an elaborate ropes course, the largest in America, the country"s largest slide (80 feet), the 80-foot Rumble€ bungee jump and zip lines that soon will glide across the river, already is drawing families and groups driving from Dallas, Amarillo and Wichita who are traveling to Oklahoma City.
Their draw, Knopp says proudly, is the growing number of Riversport Adventures, including the Sky Trail, opening along the river.
The same draw is making the river a destination for locals as well.
Hallie Kasiri and her son, Connor, 3, spent a Wednesday morning playing at the children"s park at the Sky Trail, a scaled down series of zip lines that also includes a bungee jump and a bouncing area that kept Conner entertained for more than an hour.
We heard about it a couple of months ago just through word-of-mouth, Kasiri said. It"s really neat and really different from anything else in Oklahoma City. I like that they incorporated music into the experience and that it"s accessible for kids of different ages.
Looking around at the architecture of the surrounding boathouses drawn up by Elliott Associates, Kasiri smiled. She remembered when the river, before the construction of dams and basic landscaping done as part of MAPS a decade ago, was an embarrassment to the city.
It"s something you don"t see here a lot, Kasiri said. It"s modern, it"s hip, it"s intuitive - you can walk all around and enjoy it.
Rapid growth to continue
When the three dams were built a dozen years ago, along with trails and landscaping, a river materialized from what had been reduced to a large drainage ditch by a U.S. Corps of Engineers flood control project a half-century earlier.
In 2003, the river just south of downtown was home to some dirt turned for the first Chesapeake Boathouse and a temporary storage building for boats. A decade later, the area is home to the Chesapeake Boathouse, the Devon Boathouse, the Chesapeake Finish-line Tower, and the SandRidge Sky Trail.
About 1,500 people are enrolled in various rowing, canoeing and kayaking activities along the river at any given time throughout the year. About 20 rowers and 15 paddlers are engaged in Olympic training that takes place at the Oklahoma City National High Performance Center at the Devon Boathouse.
To date, investment just along the boathouse and river sports segment of the river south of Bricktown has totaled $100 million. That figure is set to at least double in the near future with these projects:
• Construction of the $35 million Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking Center, one of several improvements approved by voters as part of MAPS 3, is set to begin this winter.
• The Sky Trail, while operational and impressive to visitors, is far from finished. An extended pavilion with a possible spraygrounds and surfing pool remain to be built before the venue is finished.
• Stadium-style lighting along the rowing course, also part of MAPS 3, will be lit up this weekend, with future MAPS 3 improvements, including a south shore grandstands and wind-screening to follow.
• Construction of a river inlet that will extend the waterway under the new I-40 and connect people to the southern end of the Bricktown Canal either by foot or boat is set to be finished this summer.
• Construction is set to begin next year on the CHK Central Boathouse, which will host the University of Central Oklahoma"s women"s rowing team and will include a live music venue, outdoor performance stage and art gallery.
• Design work is underway for a University of Oklahoma boathouse. Further details about the project have yet to be announced.
• Boathouse foundation officials and other Oklahoma River promoters hope that a funding resolution for completion of the American Indian Cultural Center at the east gateway to the waterway at Eastern Avenue will be approved by legislators early next year. Organizers of the project predict the Smithsonian-affiliated historical and cultural site will match the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum as a top tourist destination for the city.
Pat Downes, a 30-year veteran of the riverfront redevelopment effort, predicts the effort to connect all the venues, and potential future attractions, will make the river a regional destination.
Downes, development director with the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority, is in talks to add an equine center and horse trails to the mix to add to the number of activities available for visitors.
It would capitalize on Oklahoma City"s unique western heritage,â€€ Downes said. When people, especially from Europe and Asia, come to Oklahoma City, they want to see cowboys. And for that we have National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. And they want to see Indians, and we hope that will happen with the cultural center funded and completed. And they want to see horses.
Knopp, meanwhile, is looking at the possibility of adding a bicycle track to the mix, which would enhance the foundation"s Riversports existing biking program.
By connecting all these projects together, and adding a few smaller enhancements to the mix, Knopp and Downs believe the line of cars exiting I-40 to visit the river will get longer for years to come.
The white water center, designed by S2o, a firm that also built a similar attraction in Charlotte, N.C., will be built on 11 acres to the east of the boathouses. The course, with its own water supply separate from the river, will be built on the face of a 20-foot hill.
Gravity will send water rushing through concrete channels and across the elements that will create turbulence for the rapids. Users on rafts or in kayaks will traverse the circular course in about six to eight minutes with channels to be built for both beginners and experts.
SandRidge Energy Stars & Stripes River Festival
Celebrate Americas freedom at the SandRidge Energy Stars & Stripes River Festival on Saturday, June 29! You"ll find a great family festival and on-the-water competition all day long, plus live music and fireworks to close the evening! Check out the newest RIVERSPORT Adventures with special "buy one, get one FREE" pricing all day long - you can get your BOGO passes at the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower. And be sure to stop by the Olympic Experience and our "Speed & Agility" interactive booth to learn more about what it means to be a high performance athlete.
On the water, watch more than 50 teams in the RIVERSPORT Corporate Rowing League and RIVERSPORT Dragon Boat League race for bragging rights and medals in their championship events. Masters rowers will compete in the Stars & Stripes masters regatta, and people from across the community will participate in Paddle for the Cure, a friendly dragon boat race benefiting Susan G. Komen of Central and Western Oklahoma. Ready to race? You still have time to enter the RIVERSPORT Challenge, a 500m kayak + 5K run for the whole family.
Join us and dignitaries from across the city at 8:45p for the historic MAPS 3 Lighting Ceremony - the first time we will officially light the Oklahoma River race course with our new permanent lights made possible through MAPS 3 funding!
An Interview with Rand Elliott, FAIA
President, Elliott + Associates Architects
By: Ken Wilson, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED Fellow
Design Principal, Perkins+Will
Architectural Portraits" best describes the design approach of Rand Elliott, FAIA. Each project is conceived as a direct reflection of the client personality or business goals. Since the inception of the firm in 1976, the firm has received 289 international, national, regional and local awards including ten National AIA Honor Awards.
Rand is a Past President of the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and was Program Chairman from 1995 - 2002. In 2002, he participated in the prestigious Bruce Goff Fellowship lecture series at the University of Oklahoma. In March of 2004, Rand was one of eight featured lecturers at the prestigious "Emerging Voices"� lecture series presented by the Architectural League of New York. Rand was awarded the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the AIA William Wayne Caudill Award in 2005, which recognizes an individual member who has displayed a long-standing commitment to the betterment of the architectural profession. In November of 2006, Rand was inducted into Interior Design Magazine"s Hall of Fame which was established to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth and prominence of the design field. In October of 2007, Oklahoma State University inducted Rand into the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology"s Hall of Fame.
How has your practice changed over the past five years?
The past five years have been a blur. The most work in our 37 year history. We grew. The work is mature and the best in our history.
What do you hope to be doing differently in the next five years?
The next five years is likely to be more of a combination of small and large projects. We will remain very busy. This is our time.
How do you promote innovative thinking in your office?
Practice. New ideas are what feed our office culture. We are all curious types. We share "discoveries"� in monthly "Details"� lunch meetings.
Where do you seek inspiration?
Inspiration comes from life. Going to an art exhibit, musical concert or the ballet keeps me stimulated. I also use photography as a creative experience. I see differently through a view finder.
What is the biggest challenge you are facing in your practice today?
Challenge is another word for opportunity. When one door closes another door opens. One must be open to change.
Tell us about some of your projects that step outside the traditional practice model.
I have recently patented a concept for a wind-powered high-rise building. I write "word paintings", my own brand of poetry to help me communicate architectural inspirations. I hope my words will become a book.
What are some of the things you like best about living in Oklahoma City?
The people, the seasons, the varied landscape. The fact that the pioneer spirit still exists. Today it is called innovation.
Are there any factors, such as new technologies, that are affecting your designs these days?
Technology is not a solution. It is a tool. I have been working in sketchbooks for 35 years. I find that people are amazed by hand drawings. I believe sketches are the language of your soul. At the same time, we do some amazing 3D animations for presentations to our clients. They often "match"� the reality. With all that said, my view is that true inspiration remains elusive. As a frequent jury member, I see a great deal of copy-cat imagery. Frankly it is disappointing. It appears people are too lazy or too afraid to commit the necessary effort to search for original ideas. My recent reading suggests that people are tired of the computer at the end of the day and look to crafts for balance. That change excites me.
What do you do to relax and recharge?
I like to walk my construction sites and take photographs. Construction is so beautiful.
What advice would you give to a recent high school graduate that was thinking about going to architecture school?
Do it! If you are disciplined, curious, enjoy solving problems and are dedicated to a life of art and science, you will have an inspired life.
Elliott + Associates Architects" Sample Projects:
RED Prime Steak: 504 N. Broadway Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Vesper Building: 929 N. Broadway Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102
North Guest Apartment: Oklahoma City, OK
Chesapeake Building 13: 900 N.W. 63rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Devon Boathouse: 725 S. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73129
Kirkpatrick Oil Hennessey: 1001 W. Wilshire Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Created By: Mr. Sean Dorsy On: Thu, Jun 06, 2013 02:31 PM
Turbinomics design can eliminate the heat island effect of skyscrapers.
Conceptual designs for a proposed white-water course alongside the Oklahoma River downtown include elements for users both novice and professional. The course design is based on ones previously developed in Charlotte, N.C., and used at last summers Olympics in London.
Whitewater coming to OK River
In celebration of AIA COC Architecture Week, Rand Elliott and Brent Forget submitted architectural photos for the OKLAHOMANMADE Photography competition. Take a look at the top 2 choices. The image is of the Chesapeake Campus Lake project.
The 2013 AIA Central Oklahoma Honor Awards took place last Friday. Three of our Architects were recognized for achieving their AIA designations and becoming licensed architects. They are John Creach, Brent Forget and Kyle Wedel. Here are their new titles:
John Creach, AIA
Brent Forget, AIA, LEED AP BD+C,
Kyle Wedel, AIA LEED AP
Congratulations! We are so proud of you!
Amazing adventures await you at the Oklahoma City River
MUST-SEE OKC: The new 7-minute Chamber video sensation by Jeanette Elliott, Ackerman McQueen EVP/Creative Director!
Best Place to live: Oklahoma City, OK
Rand Elliott 1973 Alumni from Oklahoma State University presents Turbinomics at the TEDxOStateU 2012: IGNITE and shares his futuristic idea for sustainable, energy saving buildings.
Chesapeake Finish Line Tower and Devon Boathouse will be featured in audition scenes for American Idol, Season 12, tonight, Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at 7 pm on FOX! Season 12s “Idol” judges; Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are judging Oklahoma talent in the Ann Lacy Event Center at the Devon Boathouse.
Mike Knopp, executive director of the OKC Boathouse Foundation says, “Who would have thought 10 years ago when there was no water in the river that we"d have superstars in the boathouses filming one of the top shows in television.”
Knopp says he"s amazed at how far the Boathouse District in Oklahoma City has come in such a short time, thanks to the investments of the public through the MAPS taxes and corporate and private sponsors.
The E+A staff celebrated their 2012 holiday luncheon at City Arts Center in the main gallery. Café 501 catered the delicious meal with a special menu prepared by Chef Cally Johnson. Staff members mingled among the current exhibition of artist Boo Ritson. The exhibition, titled “Homecoming,” features characters and still lifes drawn from the artist’s own imagined narratives merged with borrowed Americana.
Interior Design just released a new video about the recent Best of Year Awards.
Interior Design BOY
Rand attended the 2012 Interior Design magazines "Best of Year" awards in NYC on November 29th. Congratulations to our clients, Chesapeake Energy and Kirkpatrick Oil Company, for winning their individual categories. The Chesapeake Child Development Center and Kirkpatrick Oil District Office in Hennessey were honored as the best of the year from a global field of entries. Our project, Library for Light, was also recognized as an Honoree is its category.
For more about all the winners click here
Heres the latest edition of the OKC Chamber"s Velocity magazine. Check out the video filmed in the E+A office of Rand discussing the OKC Boathouse District. Please check out the other pages as well – many beautiful images of the Chesapeake Campus!
Chesapeake Child Development Center, a 63,000-square-foot wonderland fostering curiosity and fun is featured in Interior Design Magazine.
Rand Elliott, FAIA will be a guest speaker on November 2 at the MARFA Symposium along with John Gutzler, ASID, IIDA and Carlos Jimenez of Carlos Jimenez Studio. For more information about the symposium, please go here:
MARFArchiture + Design
Elliott + Associates Architects will be recognized at the AIA Nebraska | Central States Excellence in Design Gala, tonight, October 5, 2012.
Three of our projects (out of 22 awards) will be honored with Central States Region design awards.
1. R. B. Akins won an Excellence in Interior Honor award,
2. Chesapeake Car Park One won an Excellence in Architecture Honor award
3. Kirkpatrick Oil Hennessey won an Excellence in Architecture Merit award.
Brent Forget, AIA, will be there to accept the Awards on behalf of our firm.
The 2012-2013 AIA Central Oklahoma Membership Directory will be ready for viewing next week. Here is our new Firm Listing page.
Historic church restoration plans have been on hold as fundraising lags
The historic “Teepee Church” in northwest Oklahoma County is falling further into disrepair as fundraising efforts have frozen. Hopewell Heritage Foundation has big hopes still to restore it and and save the iconic church.
Celebrate the 4th of July early!
SATURDAY, JUNE 30 • 9A TO DUSK • OKLAHOMA RIVER, BOATHOUSE DISTRICT
Join us for the inaugural SandRidge Energy Stars & Stripes River Festival on Saturday, June 30, 9a to dusk. Enjoy great food and free family activities all day long, then stay for the live outdoor concert and fireworks!
Check out the latest edition of VeloCity ezine from the OKC Chamber of Commerce.
It features three E+A projects in 4 articles.”
River & the Rings
Stuart Wing at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at OU
The Society of Publication Designers announced the Medal Finalists from the 47th Annual Design Competition. The SPD Competition recognizes the highest examples of design, photography and illustration excellence in both print and digital platforms. This outstanding work is represented in the SPD Annual, which is an invaluable resource for editors, art directors, photographers, and typographers worldwide. The April 2011 cover of Interior Design magazine with our project, Uptown Kids, won a merit citation in the competition.
Uptown Kids Wins
Kirkpatrick Oil Company hosted the Hennessey High School prom last Saturday evening in the newly designed District Office on Main Street. Twenty employees of Kirkpatrick Oil in Oklahoma City traveled to Hennessey to help set up and decorate the space.
The District Office, designed by Elliott + Associates Architects, was inspired by the “Jewel on Main Street” concept. This was a way Kirkpatrick Oil could give back to the community where the company has been active for sixty years. The new building combines modern forms and materials with a sensitivity to the scale and proportion of the adjacent structures.
AIA Central Oklahoma hosted the Decadent Design 2012 as part of Architecture Week on Thursday, April 12th at Untitled Artspace, 1 NE 3rd Street. Along with the creative decadent desserts that were served and voted upon, this event also showcased The Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture 2012 Architectural Photography Competition. Top entries will be used in future publications produced by the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture and AIA Central Oklahoma. Over 140 photographs were entered and Rand’s photographs were prominently displayed and honorably mentioned. Last year, one of Rand’s photos won first place for the Architectural category.
There are big plans in the near future for the Oklahoma River as construction is scheduled on multiple projects. The Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation said there are several MAPS 3 projects that will soon break ground. The first phase of construction will include the installation of stadium lights and a windscreen along the river. One of the biggest projects is the whitewater facility.
OK River Front Development
There is no one else approaching riverfront development or downtown development in this way, and we are going to create these really exciting, high-energy, high-adventure attractions right in the middle of downtown,” Executive Director of the OKC Boathouse Foundation Mike Knopp commented.
FUEL Café featured in Japanese glass company exhibit
Asahi Glass (AGC), the global Japanese glass company, recently opened a new showroom in near Ginza, Tokyo. Various events will be regularly held there. For one of these events, AGC held the “Space Design & Glass” project to exhibit photo panels of glass works by architects and designers from around the world. They asked SPA-DE for help in organizing this.
In a span of three months, the exhibition plans to introduce a total of about twenty architects’ and designers’ projects. Along with the firm’s name and photographer’s name appearing on the photo panels, a simple biography of the firm and portfolio and project explanation will be shown as well.
Café 501 is one of the featured projects in today’s edition of ArchDaily, the largest architectural e-zine online.
ArchDaily Cafe 501
Last night, Mayor Mick Cornett presented a Mayoral Citation to Elliott + Associates and Café 501. The citation states that our firm’s powerful ideas have changed the face of Oklahoma City architecture, and Cafe 501 is a unique dining experience for residents and visitors to our city. It also states that Classen Curve continues to be a shining symbol of progress and originality for OKC. The reception was held at Café 501 to celebrate these prestigious awards:
Interior Design Magazine, “Best of Year,” Honor Award, Casual Dining Category.
Gold Key Award Winner, Fine Dining Category
American Institute of Architects, Oklahoma Chapter, Merit Award.
Accepting the citation from Mayor Cornett, Rand Elliott thanked Aubrey McClendon for his vision and development of Classen Curve. Rand also thanked Pete and Sheree Holloway for their concept of Café 501 that captures the spirit of the food in an atmosphere that is warm and comfortable, fresh, modern and extremely well crafted. “We are very proud to represent Oklahoma City. Café 501 makes us proud of our local talent,” commented Elliott. “It is one more example of how our city is maturing to create our own brand of hospitality.” Rand praised his great development team: Project Architect David Ketch, Lingo Construction for Café 501and Smith and Pickle Construction for the Classen Curve shell.
Rand Elliott and Mike Mays were at the OSU Postal Plaza Event last night!
Another exciting announcement from the OKC Boathouse Foundation for the Boathouse District.
Tuesday, the Boathouse Foundation presented a plan for a $6 million ropes course and a zip line that will send you sailing over the river and back several stories in the air.
Rand was in NYC last week to attend the Interior Design “Best of Year” awards. Elliott + Associates Architects was definitely well represented in the finalists and overall honorees in 3 categories. Café 501 was the winner in the “Hospitality-Casual Dining” category. Both Balliets and Uptown Kids were finalists in the “Retail” category, and R B Akins was given a special award as a project “with a beautiful riff on a theme.”
Aubrey McClendon is on the cover of “Oklahoma” magazine in an article about great places to work. Please read more about Aubrey McClendon and the wonderful company he has built here in OKC.
It was a wonderful dinner and ceremony at last night’s “Wall of Fame” awards by the OKC Public Schools Foundation. Rand was one of four honorees including Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy, Erik Logan Toppenberg, president of Harpo Studios, and Larkin Warner, community leader in the MAPS for Kids project. It is truly a testament to the quality of education offered in Oklahoma City’s public school system.
Customers lined up as early as 4:00 a.m. this morning to attend the Grand Opening of Whole Foods, located in The Triangle at Classen Curve. The grand opening began at 8:00 a.m. and will be celebrated with live music and cooking demonstrations throughout the day. The Whole Foods Market brand has been built on consistently selling the highest quality natural and organic food products and maintaining high standards of quality, customer service and community involvement. Whole Foods announced that five percent of the store’s first day sales will benefit the YWCA’s Capital Campaign.
At the Downtown OKC Rotary Meeting on September 6, 2011, the Chair of the Day was James Pickel, Guest Speaker was Rand Elliott, FAIA, and Rotary President Chuck Wiggin presided. Rand gave an exciting presentation on 3 new E+AA projects that are nearing completion; Kirkpatrick Oil District Office in Hennessy, Oklahoma, Adkins Gallery and Stuart Wing at the Fred Jones Museum of Art at OU, and the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower in the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River.
We have experienced a great summer of sharing new projects in national and international publications. Please click on the links below to read articles from national publications Contract, Architectural Lighting and Hospitality Design magazines; and the U. K. publication, FX magazine. The articles detail the design concepts of Balliets, RePUBlic Gastropub, Café 501 and R. B. Akins Company, respectively. We are happy to say that the R. B. Akins project was on the cover of FX Magazine.
Balliets in July/August issue of Contract Magazine
RePUBlic Gastropub in July/August issue of Architectural Lighting Magazine
2011 A/L Awards
Café 501 in August issue of Hospitality Design
R. B. Akins Company in August issue of FX Magazine
Classen Curve has brought something unique to Oklahoma City.
by MICHAEL W. SASSER
Despite the success he’s built at his Tulsa-based boutique-style Black Optical, Gary Black never intended to open multiple locations or even expand in the existing market.
But that changed two years ago when management for Oklahoma City’s then-new retail center, Classen Curve, began talking to Black about the fledgling shopping destination and the possibility of a second Black Optical.
“When I saw the architecture and plans for Classen Curve, I knew it was the only place we would ever expand into,” Black says. “It’s the only place that could possibly work for us. We deal in clean, progressive products, and Classen Curve sums that all up. Just like Brookside is the place to go in Tulsa in order to see things you won’t see anywhere else, Classen Curve is like that too.”
Today, Black Optical at Classen Curve is open for business and features an elegant and comfortable design that reflects the attention to the aesthetic that defines “The Curve.”
Bob Benham can relate to Black’s experience. The CEO and owner (with his wife) of famed boutique Balliet’s was inspired to move the 75-year-old business to the Curve by none other than Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon.
“Aubrey showed up at my office one day about four years ago and was asking questions about my background and plans for the business,” Benham says. “Aubrey is a visionary and I knew he had something in mind.”
Benham says that just months later, he was approached and asked if Balliet’s would anchor Classen Curve, which Chesapeake was then developing just adjacent to the company’s corporate campus.
“Because of who was planning it, I knew that this would be a (development) that contributed to the economy, which would be environmentally conscious and which would have innovative architecture. The idea was that Classen Curve was to be a walking experience like shopping in a downtown.”
Benham says a deal was struck and Balliet’s made the move to Classen Curve, where today the tony shop enjoys more than 17,000 square feet of space – a 5,000 square-foot increase over its previous location.
“This was a unique opportunity for us economically – to move from a deteriorating area to what I think is the best corner in the city,” Benham says. “We saw Balliet’s as a big part of the renaissance of Oklahoma City.”
Like Black, Benham also cites the architecture and design of Classen Curve as key appeals. Relative to the rest of Oklahoma City and even to the entire state, Classen Curve is indeed innovative and unique.
That was the plan from the get-go.
“Classen Curve represents an architectural and conceptual breakthrough for retail in Oklahoma,” McClendon says. “Oklahomans can see the high standards we set for Classen Curve simply by walking or driving through it.”
“There is nothing like this center anywhere in Oklahoma,” says Rand Elliott, the well-known Oklahoma City-based architect behind both Classen Curve and Balliet’s.
“It is indeed a new idea for Oklahoma City, and we believe one of the most extraordinary retail and restaurant centers in the United States. In essence, Classen Curve symbolizes the maturation of Oklahoma City, and it creates a truly unique place for the best locally-owned retailers and restaurateurs in our community to provide their customers with an incredible experience among businesses which have an affinity for real quality.”
Classen Curve’s trademark design element is the orientation of the outdoor shopping center. Shops face an inner courtyard-style parking lot, fostering a quieter, more private feel.
“The inward parking design is new to us, but it has been done successfully elsewhere,” says Alison Oshel, director of community redevelopment with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.
“It seemed risky at first. People are used to giant signs on the front of buildings. But consumers seem to like the environment, the feel similar to being in an enclosed area.”
Citing Penn Square Mall as the catalyst for the region, Oshel cites plans for the adjacent Triangle at Classen Curve and the anticipated opening of Whole Foods Market later this year as signs of continued economic development.
Oshel adds that Classen Curve is commanding higher rents than elsewhere in Oklahoma City outside of the mall.
“There is great buzz out there,” Oshel says.
While innovative design is an important component to Classen Curve’s appeal, its resident businesses warrant credit as well. Balliet’s and Black Optical are joined by retailers such as On A Whim, BD Home, Red Coyote and Uptown Kids; and by restaurants such as Café 501, Upper Crust Pizza, Republic Gastropub and Matthew Kenney OKC. A Barre3 also serves the community.
“People love how everything is home-grown retail,” Oshel says.
Shoppers seem to love Classen Curve if numbers are a measure.
“Business has been tremendous,” says Benham. “We’re up 46 percent since the move, even though we’re just now emerging from a recession.”
Black says his decision to expand into Classen Curve was a “no-brainer.”
“There is no other place in Oklahoma City that we would really fit,” Black says.
Like Oshel, McClendon says he believes that Classen Curve and the development of the Triangle at Classen Curve will spur additional growth.
“The opening later this year of Whole Foods will mark a new chapter in the development of the area,” McClendon says. “The Triangle at Classen Curve will be home to one of the nation’s most recognizable and respected retailers, which will prompt other exceptional national retailers to strongly consider locating here.”
In the meantime, more residents discover Classen Curve every week.
“It’s become a destination and we hope it leads to more creative development in the city,” says Oshel.
Last session, the Oklahoma Legislature authorized the sale of an autism awareness license plate. A design contest was held and our very own Michael Shuck won! His design incorporates the multi-colored puzzle pieces that are the national symbol of autism awareness. The puzzle pieces reflect the complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder and how those affected by autism work to improve their lives by solving the whole puzzle one piece at a time. The different colors represent the diversity of how autism affects individuals on the spectrum. The bright colors symbolize how positive the experience of living with autism really is. The large red puzzle piece highlighted in the design has become the symbol of autism awareness in Oklahoma and is based on Michaels earlier design for the Oklahoma Autism Piece Walk which features Dash, a red puzzle piece running. You can visit Dash at www.PieceWalk.org
You can get an autism awareness license plate from the Oklahoma Tax Commission for $18.00. www.tax.ok.gov/plates/sp194.html
For more information about autism, visit the Oklahoma Autism Network at www.OkAutism.org
It is hard to believe it is already the one year anniversary of Uptown Kids.
They are celebrating with a carnival on Saturday, August 27th as well as the Blank Canvas art show. Uptown Kids has partnered with Prevent Blindness Oklahoma, who screens young children in the school system for eye sight issues, and Desmond Mason who will be in charge of the Blank Canvas Event.
The carnival will have lots of great activities for children such as a petting zoo and the OKC Thunder Girls.
The children can go into the art studio at the carnival and paint their art on a Blank Canvas. The store will then have an art show on Thursday September 22nd from 6:30-9pm at N. W. 10th and Broadway featuring around 500 pieces of childrens art, food, wine, wonderful times!
Check out this fun story in the Tulsa World on POPS, designed by Elliott + Associates and located on Route 66 in Arcadia, OK. Whether you say “pop” or “soda,” POPS is the place to find your favorite drink with 600 varieties in stock!
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Elliott + Associates was honored to be a sponsor of last week’s Urban Pioneer Award from the Plaza District Association. The event was held Thursday, June 16th at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. Bill and Bob Ross, Chairman and President of the Inasmuch Foundation, were the 2011 honorees. The Ross family’s role in the renovation of the Plaza District has been pivotal in the district’s transformation into an arts and cultural destination. To view a video of the Plaza District click here (put link for video below)
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Construction continues on the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower on the Oklahoma River
Recently 50 leaders from the Colorado Springs area visited OKC for their third annual Regional Leaders Trip." The group included members of the U.S. Olympic Committee, City of Colorado Springs and Chamber of Commerce in addition to representatives in the health care, real estate, banking and arts sectors. The trip"s mission was to learn how another U. S. city became a thriving metropolis and now has one of the strongest economies in the nation. OKC"s Boathouse District was one of the locations visited by the group.
"Take just one of those examples - sports. Oklahoma City has made a striking testament to its excitement about sports by building a beautiful new stadium right downtown. A recreational boom along the newly revitalized downtown river district draws athletes and families for rowing, kayaking, running, cycling and other fitness activities. That draws a returning customer base for district retailers. The sports economy has not only brought jobs and new energy, but has also united the community. It"s a tremendous source of civic pride. No mountains, no natural whitewater anywhere nearby, no headquarters of the nation"s premier sports committee, but they made it happen." Mary Ellen McNally, former Colorado Springs City Council member and community activist
Great news for the Triangle at Classen Curve development with the addition of Anthropologie. The chic women’s retailer will join Whole Foods in the Triangle as part of the exciting retail development at Western Avenue, NW Grand Boulevard and Classen Boulevard. The store is scheduled to open February of 2012.
On Wednesday, May 11, Mayor Mick Cornett hosted the Mayor’s Development Roundtable at the Cox Convention Center. Mayor Cornett presented The Award for Outstanding Development to Chesapeake Energy’s Corporate Campus and Classen Curve Development. The grounds of the Chesapeake campus are seasonally landscaped for an image that resembles a park more than a corporation. Classen Curve has emerged as an ideal location for the amenities that define urban living. The location hosts a collection of innovative sculptures, shops and fine landscaping, complemented by a natural, sustainable pond. Congratulations to Chesapeake for this well-deserved award and their contribution to make OKC a better place to live, work and play.
NewsOK calls it the Divine Boathouse. Here is where world-class athletes benefit from state of the art training technology available only at the OKC National High Performance Center in the brilliant blue Devon Boathouse on the Oklahoma River.
To tour go to: http://www.newsok.com/devons-divine-boathouse-reflections-of-progress/multimedia/video/934440306001#ixzz1MFf0MpdH
We had a productive Saturday morning sorting through 17 years’ worth of samples and materials. It was like looking back through the history of our past projects. Now it all moves to our materials library in our almost complete basement.
Oklahoma City’s own Uptown Kids is featured in the April 2011 issue of Interior Design magazine (on the cover!). Uptown Kids is a high-end children’s store specializing in clothing, shoes, accessories and gear located in the upscale Classen Curve retail development. The store carries exclusive, fashion-forward and trendy items for the kid who wants to stand out in a crowd. In addition to fashionable clothing and accessories, UTK features a diverse selection of original artwork available for purchase.
So many new changes down by the river.
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Last night the Journal Record’s Innovator of the Year Awards held at the Skirvin Hotel was inspiring and exciting! Rand Elliott, 2010 Innovator of the Year honoree, was the keynote speaker for this year’s award presentation.
Rand spoke about why he chose to stay in Oklahoma after interviewing with Philip Johnson in New York. He also shared his experiences of rebuilding a thriving architectural practice after the oil bust in 1983. Twenty-five years later in 2008, those powerful memories would propel Rand and the firm through another economic shift. One point he made was that innovators are pioneers. What he loves about Oklahoma is our Pioneer Spirit which makes this like no other place in the world.
Congratulations to all the innovative individuals and companies honored this year!
Elliott + Associates is proud to announce another staff member who is now a LEED Accredited Professional. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. For thirty-five years E + A has combined sustainable building concepts, natural materials and modern methods of construction to produce positive environments that incorporate a balanced relationship with their surroundings.
You are awesome, Brent!
Project update for the Stuart Wing at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. Project Architect, Mike Mays, AIA, is working on the punch list for this wonderful new gallery addition to the museum. The new space, scheduled for opening Fall of 2011, will house the Eugene B. Adkins Collection of Southwest and Native American art and a photography mezzanine.
The Adkins Collection is among the nation’s most important private collections of works by the Taos artists as well as Native American works of art. It totals more than 3,300 objects in a number of categories, including 1,100 two-dimensional works, 370 pieces of pottery, more than 1,600 examples of jewelry and silverwork, and nearly 250 pieces of other Native arts.
For more information on the Stuart Wing at the Fred Jones Museum of Art click here: http://www.ou.edu/fjjma/home/main/visit/stuart_wing_construction.html
Dallas Preview: Supersize Me
by Holly Haber
Posted Wednesday March 16, 2011
From WWD Issue 03/16/2011 WWDStyle Issue 03/16/2011
The recession hasnt cramped the ambition of Tootsies in Houston or Balliets in Oklahoma City: Both veteran women"s luxury retailers have invested in big new flagships that are thriving.
Tootsies" owner Mickey Rosmarin and Balliets" proprietor Bob Benham each built $6 million stores with generous building allowances from developers eager for fashionable anchors in their new shopping centers.
Tootsies doubled in size when its 35,000-square-foot home opened in February, and Balliets grew 40 percent when it unveiled a two-story, 17,000-square-foot store in August.
It certainly helped that the economies of Houston and Oklahoma City have been among the most resilient during the recession and are benefiting from rising oil prices.
"It was the deal of a lifetime," Benham said of his new store at Classen Curve. Seven months later, profits are up and sales are above plan with a 51 percent jump, he said. His goal is to do $7 million this year and $8 million in 2012.
"There aren"t that many things in life that exceed your fondest expectations," Benham noted. "This store has."
Likewise, Tootsies is going gangbusters since it relocated to West Avenue, the new development on the prominent corner of Westheimer and Kirby Roads in the heart of wealthy River Oaks.
"It"s doing incredibly," Rosmarin said. "All designer customers in River Oaks are flooding in."
Designer sales have jumped more than 50 percent, and business overall is up 35 percent, he noted, projecting the store would hit $20 million this year against $15 million in 2010.
Rosmarin drew on 36 years of retail experience to design an elegant emporium filled with natural light, oversize dressing rooms, an event space with a catering kitchen next to a private salon for luxury products, a 300-foot aisle that can double as a runway and plenty of elbow room on the sales floor.
He layered Azzedine Alaïa, Givenchy, Nina Ricci, Rick Owens, Celine, Roland Mouret and Elie Saab onto a designer business led by Pucci, Etro, Michael Kors, Roberto Cavalli, Ralph Lauren, Bogner, Brunello Cucinelli and The Row.
Tootsies also added a denim bar with an in-house tailor, an intimate apparel department and expanded offerings of upper contemporary and bridge fashions.
An opening party and fashion show with Naeem Khan benefiting Best Buddies is set for March 22.
The new Balliets resembles an art gallery. The firm is one of the few fashion retailers catering to the affluent in Oklahoma City.
The challenge is to dress a clientele diverse in age, style and size, explained DeDe Benham, general merchandise manager and Bob"s wife of 41 years.
She allotted about a third of the additional space to a 1,800-square-foot contemporary department featuring such brands as Nanette Lepore, Milly and Elizabeth and James.
DeDe Benham also expanded bridge by adding Natori, Helios & Luna, Emmelle, Façonnable and Max Mara Studio and doubled designer jewelry space.
Balliets" top resource is Prada, specifically handbags, shoes and leather goods.
On Thursday March 24th the Elliott + Associates’ staff attended the OKC Beautiful 28th Annual Distinguished Service Awards luncheon at the OKC Golf and Country Club. Rand presented the “Morrison Graham Tucker Leadership” Award to OKC Beautiful Immediate Past President Amy Spring. The late Mr. Tucker was Rand’s mentor early in his career, and it was a meaningful occasion to present the award today to a most deserving recipient. E + A is honored to participate in this year’s awards luncheon as a Silver Sponsor, with a special thank you to the event underwriter, Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
Annual awards are given to individuals, businesses and civic organizations who strive to create and sustain programs, projects and plantings that benefit the Oklahoma City metro area. This event has developed a reputation as being one of the best recognition events in the city because all segments of the community are honored and recognized.
Kelly Ogle, KWTV news anchor, emceed the event. Honorary luncheon chair is Edie Roodman, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, and event chair is Peggy Marquart, Oklahoma City Beautiful Board Member. OKC Beautiful is celebrating its 40th year of creating an ideal environment for Oklahoma City residents to work, play and live.
Alex Cameron of KWTV in Oklahoma City did a wonderful interview this week with Chesapeake Energy Chairman and CEO Aubrey McClendon. The interview focused on the Chesapeake campus footprint, and how it has changed over the last 20+ years. Mr. McClendon graciously gives Rand Elliott, FAIA, credit for making the campus the architectural jewel it is today. Click here to see the interview with Aubrey and Rand as both discuss their collaboration and how it started 22 years ago with a meeting in the original Three Chopt Square building at NW 61st and Western. www.news9.com/Global/story.asp?S=14184984
Our very own Brad Buser has just received word of passing his last ARE exam! That means he has graduated from Associate to Registered Architect! Brad is also LEED Accredited.
We are so proud of Brad and his accomplishments!
Brads title is now:
Brad Buser, AIA + LEED AP
Elliott + Associates is the architectural firm selected to design and renovate the Postal Plaza building into an art museum for the University. The building provides an opportunity for the University to display and correctly store the OSU art collection while establishing a presence in downtown Stillwater, connecting the campus to the commercial heart of the city. The building, which dates from the 1930s with an addition in the 1960s, comprises approximately 30,000 square feet over two floors and has room for galleries, storage, support and potentially for other functions in the addition. Click on link (http://osuma.wordpress.com/) to read an interview with Rand Elliott by Louise Siddons regarding this exciting new project. Louise is the curator of the art collection and future OSU Museum of Art.
A new project of the OKC Boathouse Foundation, the 1st Annual OK Riversports Runderground took place February 12, 2011 and partnered OK Riversports with Downtown OKC Underground.
In 2007, Elliott + Associates Architects designed the renovation and lighting of the Underground and have won numerous state, regional, and national architectural awards for the improvement and beautifying of this once mysterious labyrinth under our metropolis. Since the renovation, it has been a great way to escape from bad weather and busy streets for travelers and exercise enthusiast in Downtown OKC.
Over 180 runners of all ages across the OKC metro registered and participated in this Fun Run. Many participants brought their young children to run with them. The course was 5K which is approximately 3 miles + 564 feet + 2.4 inches. It began and ended in the Northwest Convention Lobby of the Cox Convention Center.
With snow and ice still on the ground outside, the underground course was temperate and well lit as runners traversed along long carpeted corridors, past ornate reception halls, and up and down stairwells and escalators (stationary for this occasion). Small groups that had been formed before the run, took off every 5 minutes. This organization helped to ease congestion and insure the safety and enjoyment of the runners.
The following companies and property managers supported this event:
The Oklahoman, Devon Energy, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Integris Health, Medcor, Downtown OKC, Inc., Grubb & Ellis / Levy Beffort, OKC Convention & Visitors Bureau, Milbank Real Estate, Cotter Ranch Tower, Mercedes-Benz and Chesapeake Energy.
We thank the Sponsors for promoting health and wellness in Oklahoma City with this very fun event!
Elliott + Associates Architects’ Christmas card is a smash hit! Each year Rand and the marketing team custom design their annual holiday card for clients and friends. As Rand is a fan of Oklahoma City historical photos, we have featured our building and Automobile Alley in past years. The 2010 card shows a 1954 Corvette, complete with a decorated Christmas tree, inside the convertible! The card was shown on Steve Lackmeyer’s blog on newsok.com/okccentral http://blog.newsok.com/okccentral/2010/12/17/another-great-christmas-card-from-rand-elliott/ and the Journal Record’s Ted Streuli in his “annual Christmas card competition.” (We didn’t even know that existed) http://journalrecord.com/2010/12/21/streuli-flattening-the-competition-opinion/
Elliott + Associates Architects had a wonderful party at the new Devon Boathouse to celebrate a prosperous year.
Tree Topping Ceremony
As is the tradition for topping out a building, an evergreen was raised to the top of the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower to represent the growth and success of the Boathouse District and for good luck and continued momentum.
The tree was lit with hundreds of lights courtesy of Chesapeake Energy and remained in place throughout the holiday season. The Chesapeake Finish Line Tower is scheduled for completion in April 2011.
Elliott + Associates received three awards at the AIA Central Oklahoma Design Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 28. Car Park One at Chesapeake got a Citation Award in the Architecture category, Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum got a Merit Award in the Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse category, and POPS got the only Honor Award in the Architecture category. Congrats to the other award winners and kudos to the AIA Central Oklahoma Chapter!
Car Park One at Chesapeake Energy makes The World’s 10 Most Beautiful Parking Garages" on flavorwire.com. To see the complete list click here.
Elliott + Associates received two awards at the American Institute of Architects Central States Region Honor Awards banquet.
The awards ceremony was held Friday, September 24th at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. Chesapeake Fitness Center – East Addition was honored in the Architecture category, with 9 projects selected as award winners out of 200 entries. RED Prime Steak was selected as a winner in the Interior Architecture category. There were 75 entries and only 6 award winners. Congratulations to Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Red Prime Steak for being selected as the only winners from Oklahoma in the five state region.
Here is a video from Balliets VIP night, courtesy of the Gooden Group. It was a big hit so thanks to everyone who made this night so great! Click here
Ed Kelley’s “Oklahoma Matters” video commentary focuses on the economic impact of the Oklahoma River. The editorial was based on Sunday’s business feature story in the Oklahoman written by reporter Steve Lackmeyer. Steve profiled the public and private development taking place along the river as a result of the original MAPS investment. With the upcoming opening of the Devon Boathouse and Chesapeake Finish Line Tower and two more boathouses in the works, this shows that Oklahoma City has a bright future ahead! CLICK HERE
Here are some photos from our latest site tour at RB Akins new office building. RB Akins has been providing top quality equipment and services to the HVAC industry since 1972. This office design is in the final completion stage and should be move-in ready in about one month. Enjoy the photos!
Rand Elliott, FAIA, entered a napkin sketch contest through Architectural Record magazine and received recognition in the “Off-Beat” category. There were 1,322 cocktail napkins entered from 352 different architects and architecture students. To see the full list of winners CLICK HERE.
Balliets in Classen Curve is now open! The 17,000 square foot building is home to the most well-known names in designer fashion in Oklahoma. In fact, Balliets is the only store in Oklahoma City to have been named a Harpers Bazaar "Style Leader Store" for five consecutive years (2005-2009). Also mark your calendars for Balliets open house on Thursday, September 2 from 10AM to 7PM.
Here are some pictures from our tour of the Devon Boathouse that is currently under construction at the Oklahoma River. The 33,000 s.f. facility is expected to be completed by Fall 2010 and will serve as a high performance training center for some of the nations elite rowing, canoeing and kayaking athletes, as well as home to Oklahoma City University"s very own rowing team. One of the innovative features of the new boathouse will be a large propulsion rowing tank that will allow teams to practice indoors.
Swing by the newest store in Classen Curve today. Uptown Kids is a high-end children’s store specializing in clothes, shoes and accessories. Their Grand Opening celebration is Saturday August 28th and features face painting, balloon artists, games, prizes and much more.
The band Dr. Pants shot their new music video, “Sarsaparilla Girl,” at POPS in Arcadia, OK. To watch the video click here
There will soon be a new addition to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. The new museum wing will be open to the public in 2011.
Fashion is taking over City Arts Center! Two new exhibits, “Mothers Hats: The Doris Elliott Collection” and “Film Costumes of Edith Head” opened on Thursday, June 17 and run through August 21. Here are some pictures from Opening Night… to learn more about the exhibits click here http://www.cityartscenter.org/exhibits/current.html
Uptown Kids will be one of the new businesses setting up shop in Classen Curve. The new children’s boutique will be more than 2,500 square feet in total area, and will feature exclusive childrens apparel and accessories, as well as the abstract art of NBA veteran Desmond Mason. Here are some photos of owners Gary & Carolyn Goldman and the new store.
"We are thrilled with the upscale concept of Classen Curve and have enjoyed working with Rand and his firm on the Uptown Kids space," said Gary Goldman. His wife Carolyn has spent her career in retail and loves the creativity of the grid design that is incorporated into Uptown Kids. "The grid design allows us to showcase the inventory in a dramatic and flexible way," Carolyn said. "The apparel and accessories are the stars of the show, and I can"t wait for parents and grandparents to stroll into Uptown Kids and see it for themselves!"
The Goldmans are planning a huge Grand Opening celebration August 28th, featuring live music, inflatables, food, clowns, and of course, the coolest kids clothes in the metro!
This amazing furniture and design trade show happens every other year in Chicago, Illinois. NeoCon is where the design world comes together - three days of pure energy, bursting with new thinking, new resources, and new products. Over 700 showrooms and exhibitors. Here are some of our favorite products and pics from the show!
A picture of the galvanized steel crossing plate at the new Heritage Hall Baseball Stadium. Stan Carroll, fabricator, is also in the picture. The plate says The most important things in life are good friends and a strong bull pen." Kudos to Michael Hoffner for the picture!
Car Park One at Chesapeake won an Excellence Award at the International Parking Institute Expo & Convention this past Monday. The IPI convention was held at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. To see more photos just click the thumbnail to the left of this post. Enjoy!
Here are some pictures from the construction site on the Oklahoma River, ENJOY!
If you have not yet - you need to check out the newest addition to Classen Curve, REPUBLIC Gastropub, it is operated by A Good Egg Dining Group (AGE).Republic is a contemporary American Public House bridging the gap between beer bar and upscale eatery. Below is a link to visit their website as well as other websites of GREAT restaurants that are operated by AGE.
On April 13, 2010, Rand Elliott won 2010 Innovator of the Year presented by the Journal Record. Elliott won for his work on Turbinomics, a wind powered high-rise concept. For more information on nominees and the article click here.
For Architecture Week 2010 the Oklahoma City Foundation for Architecture presented the 2010 Photography Competition. Any Architect, Associate or Student was welcomed to enter and winners were chosen on April 13, 2010. A submission titled 66" won and was taken by our own Rand Elliott. It is a view from inside the bottle at POPS. Congrats! (click gallery to see our other entries)
Head on over to POPS in Arcadia and check out this new section of sodas... YUM!
One of our own, Michael Shuck, has been working with the Oklahoma Family Center for Autism and designed the theme and logo for the Oklahoma Autism Piece Walk. 100% of all proceeds from the Piece Walk will benefit Autism Programs in Oklahoma. For more information go to http://www.piecewalk.com
Elliott + Associates Architects has been honored with 5 International Architecture Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum. There were a total of 89 awards given worldwide, 12 awards given to projects in the United States, and out of those 12 awards five of them went to E+A. Those projects were Car Park One at Chesapeake, ImageNet at Oak Park (Houston), Gaylord Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, Chesapeake Boathouse and POPS. The Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards is the only international architecture competition. The exhibition was held in Florence, Italy, and our own Miho Kolliopoulos attended.
Congrats to everyone who helped design and build these great projects!
Elliott + Associates Architects took home 3 Honor awards and 1 Merit award this year at the 2009 AIA Oklahoma Design Conference: Voices with Vision. A total of 12 awards were given out this year.
The Honor award projects were Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, Red Prime Steak and ELEMENTS at Chesapeake. The Merit award project was Chesapeake Fitness Center – East Addition.
Congrats to everyone who helped make these projects so amazing!