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Convention conundrum

For years, Mike Carrier, president of the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, has said that a convention center hotel must open at the same time as the convention center or the city faces losing business. With construction on the $252 million project set to begin in 2016, a hotel developer needs to be identified

Thunder prepares to debut new suites, restaurant

More options are available at Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City. Photo by Urbanative “As our season ticket base has grown pretty significantly over the last couple of years, we’ve literally run out of inventory,” said Thunder Senior Vice President Brian Byrnes. “So we’ve been challenged with continuing to find new revenue streams for

Architect selected for MAPS convention center

The recommendation to hire Kansas City-based Populous and GSB to conduct a conceptual study for the convention center will go before the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Committee on Thursday. If passed, it will then go before the City Council for approval. Populous was the firm responsible for weighing and narrowing down the prospective sites for

OKC looks to future by visiting other cities

As president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Williams leads a yearly trip to Oklahoma City’s peer cities – some larger, some smaller – with representatives from the local business community and city leaders. Past trips, which began in 2005, have have included Ft. Worth, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Denver. Before

City, state officials discuss boulevard plans

“I hope we’ve done a good job of communicating with the public, but I fear that maybe we haven’t,” said ODOT Deputy Director Gary Evans. “I want to apologize on behalf of the department if we have not done a good job of communicating.” Several hundred people turned out to the Coca-Cola events center in

Public meeting set for park plans

The park is one of eight voter-approved, $777 million MAPS projects set for completion in the coming decade. At $132 million, the park will include an upper 40-acre park north of Interstate 40, and a 30-acre lower park from the interstate south to the Oklahoma River. It is within the boundaries of Hudson to the

City names convention center short list

Those teams on the short list, which includes Oklahoma City-based and out-of-state firms,  include: Denver-based Fentress Architects and TAParchitecture; Frankfurt Short Bruza and Atlanta-based tvsdesign; Kansas City, Mo.-based HNTB Architecture and Rees; and Kansas City, Mo.-based Populous and GSB Inc. Fourteen proposals were under consideration. The selection was just one piece of the ongoing process

Convention center subcommittee wants $30 million to remain intact

Mike Mize, with ADG, discussed a MAPS 3 implementation plan for all eight projects, which voters approved at a cost of $777 million in late 2009. It showed the roughly 400,000-square-foot convention center, land acquisition, site preparation and other factors to bring the price tag to just over $252 million. The $30 million in question

Site chosen for proposed MAPS 3 convention center

After months of meetings, the MAPS 3 convention center subcommittee has chosen a location for the proposed building. The group accepted the recommendation of its consultant, Populous Inc., to place the center just west of the Oklahoma City Arena, where several former car lot sites now stand. But with that acceptance came concerns from subcommittee

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