Monday, May 10, 2021

May 25: AIACOC Emerging Architects Sketching Event
June 10: AIACOC Luncheon at Capitol View Event Center
June 17: Architecture after 5 hosted by ZFI Engineering
June 26: AIA Kickball Tournament
July 15: Architecture after after 5 hosted by Manhattan Construction (tentative)
July 26 - 30: Experience Architecture (High School Architecture Camp)
August 12: AIACOC Luncheon at Capitol View Event Center
August 26: Architecture after 5 at KFC Engineering
September 9: AIA Luncheon
September 23: Architecture after 5 at Boldt Construction
September 30- October 1: AIA Oklahoma Conference on Architecture in Edmond
November 5: OKC Foundation for Architecture Drinks X Design
November 12: AIA Oklahoma Design Awards Banquet
November 18: AIA Luncheon
Join us for Sketching at Scissortail Park!
AIACOC June Luncheon Program
Join AIA Central Oklahoma for our AIA June Luncheon set to take place on Thursday, June 10th at the Capitol View Event Center located at 5201 N. Lincoln Blvd. This luncheon will take place in person only and masks will be required.  The June Luncheon program will be The National Guard Armory, the Future Home of Coop Ale Works. 
When the former National Guard Armory at 200 NE 23 came up for sale Coop Ale works jumped at the chance to revive a part of Oklahoma’s history and create a place the community can be proud of.
When the former National Guard Armory at 200 NE 23 came up for sale Coop Ale works jumped at the chance to revive a part of Oklahoma’s history and create a place the community can be proud of.

The armory was built in 1935, was once home to the 45th Infantry and National Guard. It was vacated by 2010. The cavernous former armory, spanning 72,667 square feet, was seen as a potentially awkward fit for most development possibilities due to its design. The bulk of the interior is just the ground floor with the roof three stories above.  Floors line the east and west sides of the building overlooking the space.

That design, however, was seen as ideal for an expanded COOP Ale Works brewery that will be transformed into a visitor destination with the side offices turned into a boutique hotel. The proposal called for 16 hotel rooms overlooking the production floor with the opposite side of the building to be home to a restaurant and event venue.

Coop Ale Works hired Spur Design as the architect for the project. Join Daniel Mercer of Coop Ale Works and Seth Cavin, AIA of Spur Design to learn more about this fascinating project!
Daniel Mercer is a Yukon native who has spent most of his life in Oklahoma City and its surrounds. He graduated from OCU, began his career in venture capital and made several transitions throughout two decades, including consulting, flying in the US Air Force, corporate finance and, most recently, beer. Mr. Mercer co-founded COOP Ale Works in 2008 with a goal of creating a production brewery Oklahoma City would be proud of. He led the company through its 2014 expansion and is currently spearheading COOP’s $28 million renovation and expansion of the historic 23rd Street National Guard Armory.
Seth Cavin, AIA is the founding principal and owner of Spur Design. He is a licensed architect and currently serves as President for the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIACOC). Seth has been married for 17 years to his fabulous wife, Erin and has three amazing children and an overly-dependent dog. Seth started Spur Design in 2008, taking the best of experiences from his time at other firms in Oklahoma City and Kansas City to create a fun, focused, and efficient work environment which embraces investment and growth of staff into future firm leadership. Under his leadership and direction over the last 13 years, Spur Design has grown to 60+ employees who provide Architecture, Interior Design, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering, and Cost Estimating services through their Oklahoma City, Kansas City, and Phoenix offices.

The deadline to register for the June AIA Luncheon is Friday, June 4th. AIA, Associate AIA and Allied Members attend free. The cost for nonmembers is $30.
Register for the AIA Kickball Tournament!
The AIA Kickball Tournament is set for Saturday, June 26th at 9:00 a.m. at the PCAA Fields located on Britton Road.

Please note: Spectators attend free but if you'd like BBQ lunch, snacks, gatorade etc throughout the day, registration and a fee applies.

Current Registered Teams & Shirt Colors:
Timberlake & CEC – light blue
FSB Architects & Engineers – royal blue
JE Dunn Construction - gray
Guernsey- red
Experience Architecture Volunteers Needed
This program is open to Oklahoma High School students who will be entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year during the 2021- 2022 school year.

We are currently looking for Mentors for the program. The Experience Architecture Committee will be "teaching" the programs each day but we'll need mentors to mentor the students as they work on their project. Time commitment is an hour each morning and an hour each afternoon for the week of the program. We will need two mentors per group. If you're interested, please email Melissa at
AIA Golf Tournament Thanks!
The AIA Central Oklahoma Golf Tournament took place last Monday at River Oaks Golf Club and we had a full tournament again this year. Thank you to everyone who played, sponsored and volunteered. We appreciate your support!

Winners of the tournament were:

Flight A:

1st Place:
Chuck Darr of Darr + Collins, David Collins of Darr + Collins, Rob Cherry of Osborne Electric & Sage Smith of Darr + Collins

2nd Place:
Max Pope of Southwestern Roofing, Bob Wright, Nate Baker of Integrated Architecture and Cheyenne Murphy of SOPA.

3rd Place:
Aaron Fife of Wallace Engineering, Kevin Williams of JHBR Architects, David Zuk of Wallace Engineering and Walt Henry of Bockus Payne Associates.

Flight B:

1st Place:
Andy Rine of GE Johnson Construction, Kyle Arnold of GE Johnson Construction, Eddie Martz of EGR and Betsy Brunsteter of ADG.

2nd Place:
Greg Ward, Rick McKinney, Buddy Caldwell, and John Pate of The McKinney Partnership.

3rd Place:
David Rodgers of Triple C Lighting, David Forgey of FLX Architecture, Dustin Anderson of HP Engineering and Casey Murray of GH2 Architects

Men's Longest Drive : Kyle Arnold of GE Johnson Construction
Women's Longest Drive: Leslie Wilson of Smith Lighting Sales
Closest to the Pin (with a Hole-In-One!!!): Cheyenne Murphy of SOPA
Putting Contest Winner: Dustin Cochran of Best Companies

For some golf tournament pictures, CLICK HERE
Conference Booths & Sponsorships Now Available for the AIA Oklahoma Fall Conference!
The AIA Oklahoma Conference on Architecture will take place on September 30 - October 1 in Edmond at the Edmond Conference Center.

Are you interested in joining us for the 2021 AIA Oklahoma Conference on Architecture as an exhibitor or sponsor? Find out more HERE!
Book Your Hotel Room for AIA Oklahoma Conference on Architecture!
AIA Oklahoma Conference | September 30 - October 1, 2021

Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Edmond Oklahoma City North
Group Name: American Institutes of Architects Oklahoma Conference 2021
Deadline to book: September 3, 2021
AIA National Conference on Architecture is Virtual! Register Today for $99
A’21 brings together leaders in architecture and beyond for a four-day, immersive digital experience that defines the year ahead. It’s the architecture and design event of the year!

South Oklahoma City representation can help make a real difference in our community!
Mayor David Holt and the City Council are accepting applications from Oklahoma City residents interested in serving on the MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board's six subcommittees. If you are a resident of south Oklahoma City, please consider applying. 
The MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board has 11 members, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council, serving three-year terms. The board members are residents of Oklahoma City at the time of their initial appointment and must remain OKC residents throughout their tenure. Two members were appointed at-large, eight members were appointed from each of the eight City Council wards, and one member is a rotating City Council member. 
Board members are responsible for reviewing proposed projects and submitting recommendations to the City Council.
The board shall have six standing subcommittees to provide recommendations to the board. Each subcommittee will have five to seven at-large members appointed by the Mayor with confirmation by the Council. Subcommittee members must also be residents of Oklahoma City at the time of their initial appointment and throughout their tenure.

Building with Natural Gas in Multi-Family Developments – Leveraging Best Practices and Financial Incentives
Building and designing multi-family developments with natural gas is no longer the logistical challenge it used to be. Join us to learn how you can leverage financial incentives to offset upfront capital costs and hear first-hand from industry professionals about the best practices and creative solutions available when you choose to build with natural gas. 

New Fire Native Design Group Promotes Cathleen Guthery to Vice President
New Fire Native Design Group, a Native American-owned and operated architecture firm, today announced its new Vice President Cathleen Guthery. Guthery’s addition to the leadership group is a response to the firm’s steady, intentional growth since its 2017 founding. New Fire Native Design Group is focused on meeting the diverse and specialized needs of its Native American clients, producing work that supports the reemergence many tribes continue to experience while acknowledging specific culture, heritage and traditions. Guthery brings nineteen years of experience providing architectural and engineering services to primarily Native American clients.

“I am pleased to welcome Cathleen as our Vice President,” said New Fire Native Design Group President Jason Holuby. “We’ve worked together for many years, and I’ve admired her consistently excellent work product, as well as her passion for upholding and celebrating tribal culture. Since its founding, our firm has enjoyed a steady increase of projects in the Native American market, and our current and future clients will benefit from Cathleen’s enhanced leadership role.”
Over the years, Cathleen has been involved in many successful projects. She has contributed to the success of a diverse set of projects for Native American tribes including the Chickasaw Nation, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. Notable projects include the Chickasaw Nation’s Carl Albert Service Center, the Border and Megastar Casinos, the Cowboys Bar and Grill in the WinStar Casino, the Three Ponds Elder Housing Addition for the Creek Nation, the Lucky Star Watonga Casino-Hotel in partnership with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes and many others.
“Tribal design projects are so diverse, from health and human services, to civic buildings to master planning and housing and more,” said Guthery. “Each Native American tribe we work with is different and has a unique history and perspective, and each makes Oklahoma stronger. I’m proud to join the leadership team as Vice President and look forward to bringing many more exciting projects to life for our clients.”

Guthery is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is a graduate of Leadership Native Oklahoma and Leadership Edmond. Guthery received her bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Oklahoma in 2001 and lives in Edmond with her family.
Visioning for the Adaptive Reuse of Closed Malls for Mixed-Use Dementia Friendly City Centers: A Community Conversation
Join OSU College of Education & Human Studies in this virtual visioning conversation as we address some innovative options to create more autonomy and better quality of life in dementia care settings, including the adaptive reuse of existing structures, as well as the implications of dementia and infectious disease outbreaks like the COVID-19 pandemic. Closed shopping malls may be one option for the large spaces needed for the European model of dementia villages, and they could be prime candidates for sustainable Dementia Friendly City Centers (DFCC).

May 18, 2021
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

AIA Central States Design Awards Hosted by AIA Kansas
The AIA Central States Region Design Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding architecture coming from the region of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. 

Entries must be designed by AIA CSR members or must be projects completed within the Central States Region and designed by a fellow AIA member. 
Award recipients will be publicly announced during the Virtual AIA Kansas | AIA Central States Region Design Excellence Awards Celebration on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

Submissions are due July 23, 2021

Questions? Contact Kelly Engelke
Vinyl Siding Institute CE Program
Sustainability and resiliency - How it applies within the Built World
Wednesday, May 19th at 12:00 p.m. (1 HSW)

Provide a background on where we are going as far as trends in the term “green building”. Over the past 15 years the built industry has been moving in a direction to understand and create stronger, longer lasting structures while consider environmental impact. The term that has been most used over this time is “green building” – well the thought process is evolving, and we are now thinking more in terms of science and facts. The terms more widely used now, and which provide a more specific focus , are sustainability and now resiliency … these terms, in my opinion, have more meaning than just saying green building. So let me provide you with a overview of this trend and what it means for our industry, the polymeric cladding industry.

Questions? Please contact: Alex at
Versico Roofing Systems’ Upcoming Webinars
Versico Roofing Systems’ CCM University offers AIA-accredited on demand e-learning courses, webinars, and lunch-and-learn requests all in one place. 

Upcoming Webinars include:

Vegetated Roofing Systems, May 20, 2021 at 1 p.m. CST

PVC Roofing Materials, June 24, 2021 at 1 p.m. CST

If you have any questions about Versico Roofing Systems, please reach out to your local sales team, Walco, at (405) 810-0111 or