TEEMCO breaks ground for Gold Dome renovations

In June, the Edmond-based company
announced plans to purchase the building from David Box, who had
purchased it at a foreclosure auction in 2012 for $800,000. At that
time, TEEMCO officials said they planned to move about 65 employees
to the dome. At a groundbreaking Oct. 30, the company confirmed that
number and said they plan to have 100 employees in the building by
2015.

 

It is on the National Register of
Historic Places as Citizen’s State Bank. TEEMCO officials will work
closely to maintain and restore the historic exterior and geodesic
dome. The company has hired preservation architect Mike Kertok. He
has been involved with historic projects like the Phillips 66 Station
on Route 66 in Tulsa, the Overholser Mansion in Oklahoma City, the
Round Barn in Arcadia and previous efforts on the Gold Dome.

“From the beginning of the project,
we knew we wanted to keep the integrity of the Gold Dome and its
original design,” said Greg Lorson, CEO of TEEMCO. “Bringing on
people with expertise and knowledge in historic preservation was
crucial. In addition to previously working on the Gold Dome, Mike has
an impressive portfolio in historic preservation projects. We
couldn’t be happier with the direction of the project.”

The dome was built in 1958 on Route 66
and designed by Bailey, Bozalis, Dickinson, and Roloff in the style
of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes. TEEMCO will be the general
contractor and Spaeth, a mechanical contracting company, will oversee
the renovations. Spaeth was involved with the original construction
of the dome.

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