Q&A - June 21, 2015

Back in January, the Oklahoma Board of Regents for the A&M Colleges, which governs the Oklahoma State University System, gave OSUIT permission to purchase two properties in the historic district of downtown Okmulgee. At their meeting last Friday, the Regents took the next major step in advancing this project by approving architects and a construction management firm to work with OSUIT on the design and renovation of both properties.

I realize that some local residents may not want to get their hopes up for fear that revitalizing downtown Okmulgee is just a “pipe dream” or something that is “too good to be true,” but let me assure you, this is really happening.

By responding to these next two questions, allow me to introduce you to some of the professionals that are being assembled to work with OSUIT on our downtown student housing project.

Q: Who will be the architects on this project?

The Regents have just selected KSQ Architects PC to provide all architectural design services for both downtown properties owned by OSUIT. KSQ is a full-service architectural and engineering firm out of Tulsa with additional offices in Texas, Colorado, New York, and North Carolina. Mark Bragg will be the Principal-in-Charge on this project and will lead a team of talented individuals from KSQ with extensive experience and understanding of the challenges associated with historic renovations.

KSQ will be partnering on this unique project with a second Tulsa-based architectural firm, Sikes Abernathie. Like KSQ, this firm also has extensive experience with numerous historic restorations and rehabilitations. Principals Michael Sikes and Michael Abernathie will both lend their talents to this project. Rounding out the KSQ project team will be Cyntergy AEC, a highly respected engineering firm out of Tulsa. Principal Larry Vorba will serve as lead engineer and with his associates from Cyntergy will supply all the necessary engineering expertise to the project.

Q: Who will oversee the construction of this renovation?

I am proud to announce that Oakridge Builders of Tulsa will be retained as the construction management firm by OSUIT in accordance with the Regents’ decision last Friday. As a division of Flintco, LLC, Oakridge Builders benefits from the resources of a $1 billion national construction company while still offering their clients the personalized service of a small company. Oakridge Builders is a solid company that is results focused. Project Manager B.J. Fay will head up the project management team from Oakridge. Max McDaniel will serve as the Project Engineer and Don Grace, with 27 years of construction experience, will be the Superintendent of the OSUIT project. General Manager, Brian Smith and Division President, David Kollmann will round out the project management team.

It will be a genuine honor to work with such a talented group of architects, engineers, and builders who will bring expertise and know-how to this project. I have the utmost confidence in their abilities.

If you would like to find out more about the OSUIT downtown student housing project, please continue to follow my weekly column as I bring you more updates, and remember to direct your questions to osuit-president@okstate.edu.