ULI Oklahoma recognized MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Convention Center as its 2022 Outstanding Public Initiative during the 8th Annual Impact Awards on May 12.
As the largest single project in Oklahoma City’s history, the $293 million MAPS 3 Convention Center was completed in December 2020 on time, under budget and without debt. The facility more than doubled the size of the aging Cox Convention Center and increased OKC’s ability to host meetings and conventions. The building is east of Scisortail Park along Robinson Avenue between SW 4th and SW 7th streets.
“The MAPS 3 Convention Center is a historic project for Oklahoma City,” said David Todd, MAPS program manager. “Looking back, what I’m most proud of is the focused coordination each team demonstrated to get the job done. During construction, four other massive projects were built adjacent to the site, including the OKC Streetcar, Scissortail Park, the Omni Hotel, and Oklahoma City Boulevard. As a result, we have transformed our downtown and created a gathering place that residents and visitors will enjoy for generations.
The convention center’s design reflects Oklahoma City’s culture and history, while glass walls and spacious balconies showcase stunning sunsets and sweeping views of Scissortail Park. The building’s sleek, modern design incorporates materials intended for energy efficiency and weather resistance.
The 500,000 square foot interior includes a 200,730 square foot showroom on the first floor, which is divisible into four halls. About 45,000 square feet of meeting space is found on all levels of the building, and many have feature walls to make spaces flexible. Rooms can be configured to provide up to 27 meeting spaces. A 9,700 square foot junior ballroom is located on the third floor, and the fourth floor of the building includes a 30,000 square foot ballroom as well as pre-function space and a large balcony overlooking Scissortail Park .
“Flintco has been fortunate to be part of building Oklahoma City’s footprint for nearly 40 years. The Oklahoma City Convention Center is one of those career projects that is transforming the cityscape and bringing tremendous value to the Oklahoma City community,” said Kirk Mammen, vice president of Flintco’s Oklahoma office. City. “Flintco is proud to have been part of the team that helped bring this iconic project to fruition.”
A $1.5 million public art installation, “Virtual Sky”, can be seen from Robinson Avenue. The installation includes small LED lights that can be programmed for specific patterns and can also reflect the changing sky.
The project team includes the City of Oklahoma City, Populous, Flintco, ADG and GSB.
ULI Oklahoma’s Impact Awards recognize projects that exemplify best practices in responsible land use and creating and sustaining thriving communities. Finalists represent projects and initiatives that have been determined to best promote the creation of resilient communities, smart intensification and urbanization, and exceptional design and construction quality. A diverse panel of judges with experience in landscaping and landscaping scored the finalists based on the project’s success in contributing to walking, creating or strengthening a sense of place, and additional measures, including criteria appropriate to specific categories, such as excellence in preservation, degree of difficulty and significant impact on the community.
Visit okc.gov/maps3 or okcconventioncenter.com to learn more about the Convention Center.
About MAPS 3
MAPS 3 is a $777 million debt-free capital improvement program aimed at improving the quality of life in Oklahoma City. It is funded through a 1-cent sales tax initiative that began in April 2010 and ended in December 2017. MAPS 3 funds eight projects: Downtown Convention Center, Scissortail Park, Modern Streetcar/Transit, Oklahoma River Improvements, Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Improvements, Senior Health and Wellness Centers, Trails and Sidewalks. Learn more at okc.gov/maps3.
Voters approved MAPS 4 in December 2019. Learn more at okc.gov/maps4.