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A Week In Brief
Monday, April 6, 2020
In This Issue
OKC Small Business Continuity Program
Fox Blocks Webinar on April 7
AIA Golf Tournament - June 15!
Additional Learning Opportunities
Booths and Sponsorships Available
AIAOK Conference - Call for Speakers Form
Book Your Hotel for AIAOK Conference
Tell Me Something Good
Growing design-build firm getting new home
Mark Your Calendars!
April 7:  Intoduction to ICF
April 8: AIACOC Board Meeting 
June 11: AIA Luncheon
June 15: AIA Golf Tournament
July 16: Architecture after 5 at Wallace Engineering
August 5: AIA Luncheon
August 27: Architecture after 5 at Olsson
September 17: AIA Luncheon
September 24: Architecture after 5 at ZFI Engineeering
October 1-2: AIAOK Conference on Architecture in Edmond
October 17:  2020 AIA Architecture Tour
October 22: Architecture after 5 at Timberlake Construction
November 6: OCFA Drinks X Design
November 12: AIA Luncheon
November 13: AIACOC Design Awards Banquet 
November 19: Architecture after 5 at Spur Design
December 3: Architecture after 5 at FSB Architects & Engineers


OKC Small Business Continuity Program

Starting TODAY, OKC business owners may go to  okcSmallBizHelp.com to apply for COVID-19 disaster relief funds from the City of Oklahoma City's Small Business Continuity Program.

The website is live now with information about qualifications and supporting documentation. Applications will be accepted April 6-17, with funds available beginning in early May.

Only businesses located in Oklahoma City are eligible. Visit okc.gov/citylimits  to see a map.

The Oklahoma City Council passed an unprecedented $5.5 million emergency relief program for local small businesses on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, funded by general obligation bonds included in the Economic and Community Development component of the Better Streets, Safer City program.

Additional COVID19 RESOURCES can be found HERE.

Earn 1 Hour of HSW Credit Tomorrow! 

Introduction to Insulated Concrete Forms

 presented by

Tuesday, April 7
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Learning Objectives:

Discuss how using ICFs, in residential and commercial construction projects, offers an innovative, simple, high-performance, and sustainable wall assembly.
Explain how ICFs, as energy efficient mass walls, enable lower operating and maintenance costs than typical wood, masonry or steel conventional wall assemblies.
Discuss project management and construction advantages -efficiencies in design, construction, providing faster completion and occupancy rates.
Explain how the durability of an ICF wall provides safety and resiliency, offering a secure environment from weather events -fire, high winds, floods, and flying debris.
Explain building science characteristics of ICFs for the building envelope, enhanced thermal resistance, airtighness, and improved indoor air quality, facilitating the occupant's productivity, comfort, and well-being.
Attendees will earn 1 HSW for participating in this program.  

AIA Golf Tournament - JUNE 15, 2020! 
AIA Central Oklahoma Golf Scramble
Monday, June 15, 2020
10:00 a.m. Tee Off
River Oaks Golf Club
10909 Country Club Road, Edmond

$150 per player
$600 per team of 4
Mulligans $10 each
Putting Contest $20 each

Hole Sponsor (with player) $425
Hole Sponsor (no player) $300
Putting Contest Sponsor $500
Longest Drive Sponsor $500
Closest To The Pin Sponsor $500


Additional Opportunities for CE Credit

Looking for additional Continuing Education Opportunities?  


Contact Kristin at  KriSei@Kompan.com for more information.

Click Here for CE Programs

Contact Brandy at  Brandy.Becerra@benjaminmoore.com

(all times are EST)

Questions: Email Amanda at  ahult@nrmca.org

Booths & Sponsorships Now Open for AIA Oklahoma Conference on Architecture #AIAOK20

AIA Oklahoma Conference on Architecture-  Call for Speakers - EXTENDED TO APRIL 24!  

The AIA Oklahoma Conference on Architecture Planning Committee is looking for speakers for the 2020 Conference set to take place Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2 in Edmond, Oklahoma at the Edmond Conference Center. This year's theme is Detour: A Journey Off the Beaten Path.  

If you're interested in speaking, please go to www.aiaok.org for a copy of the Call for Speakers form.  
Book Your Hotel for the 2020 AIA Oklahoma Conference on Architecture 

Hilton Garden Inn Edmond 
2833 Conference Drive, Edmond, OK

Group Name:  AIA Conference
Group Rate Includes: Wednesday, September 30 and Thursday, October 1.  
Group Rate: $104.00 plus tax 

Call 405-285-0900 and use the group name above


During this time of constant bad news, along with the stress many of us are feeling, we'd like to share some positive news.  If you have a positive piece of news / information you'd like to share, please email it to aiacoc@cox.net. by noon on Sunday to be included in the next week's AIA Weekly. 

Growing design-build firm restoring former dealership for future home
Published: Sun, April 5, 2020 1:06 AM | THE OKLAHOMAN


The two-story showroom windows at the former Walter Allen Chrysler dealership will be restored as part of redevelopment starting this spring. [Rendering by Gardner Studio]
After spending a year looking for a new home to consolidate his architecture studio and construction shop, Jeremy Gardner found what he believed would be a perfect home.
Originally home to the Walter Allen Chrysler dealership, the long-forlorn building at NW 13 and Harvey Avenue had everything Gardner was looking for - large garage doors and ample space for a shop, a prominent Midtown address for the studio and adjacent parking.
In February, a deal was inked with the Pivot Project, the partnership that bought the building last year. Not long after, the pandemic hit and the economy started to plunge.
Both Gardner and Pivot Project partner Jonathan Dodson agreed to move forward.
"We believe in the long term viability of this project," said Dodson, whose partners are Ben Sellers and David Wanzer. "We don't think Jeremy is going anywhere. There are obvious short term concerns as to when all this will pass, where we can see each other and be around each other again. But his firm has been expanding and he's the guy we want to work with."
Gardner Studio got its start in 2015 and has since built up a design portfolio of projects that include restoration of the historic Pioneer Telephone building and the Main Street Arcade, the new 701 Hudson condominiums and with the sprawling Lincoln Plaza redevelopment among ongoing projects.
The firm also received the Grand Prize for the 2019 American Institute of Architects National Film Challenge for the documentary on their work with Pivot Project in revitalizing a retail stretch along NE 23.
The firm is currently located at 323 NW 9 but has long outgrown that space with 19 employed in the studio and 12 working in the field and at a separate shop location.
"The last couple of years we expanded into a design build and fabrication company," Gardner said. "We found that some of our clients are needing some smaller tenant finishes. That led us to ask why aren't we building some of this ourselves."
Recent such jobs - ones Gardner says are difficult to hire a general contractor - include a $55,000 build out of a chiropractic house. The firm also built out the Kitchen at Commonplace and expansion of Midtown Optical in Midtown and Woodshed Coffee at May Avenue and Grand Boulevard.
The Pivot Project purchased the former dealership, last home to Able Rents for the past 30 years, in August. The west service garage half of the building was sold separately five years ago and renovated into offices.
Gardner Studio, meanwhile, had split into three spaces, with the original shop space a couple of addresses north of the studio turned into meeting space when the shop space had to be moved to a larger location west of downtown.
"We've been in talks for the past few months," Gardner said. "I've been talking about find a place for the past year where we can have a shop and studio space together - and that's hard to find in Midtown."
Gardner's firm and shop will front Harvey Avenue where large garage doors and a chance to reopen windows and storefronts will allow his firm to have the right mix of studio and shop space.
"It matches up," Gardner said. "And it's in Midtown, where a lot of our clients are located. And our employees like being in Midtown.
The garage doors are located far enough away from the street so trucks loading up materials to the shop won't block traffic. The firm also has an agreement with nearby St. Luke's United Methodist Church to lease spaces in an adjacent parking lot.
Gardner is an equity partner in the project and his firm is doing design and build-out. While some jobs are ongoing, others have been delayed, which he notes will allow his firm to work on its future home without taking resources away from clients.
Plans, which will be presented this month to the Downtown Design Review Commission via teleconference, call for pebble stone concrete panels added to the facade years ago to be removed from the former showroom, allowing for restoration of the two-story window facade. Windows closed years ago on the NW 13 and Harvey sides of the building also will be reopened.
Gardner, who along with brother Nathan have worked extensively in metals, have designed the building to include a black metallic accent atop the restored two-story showroom window and at the base of the NW 13 facade.
Gardner expects work to begin within a few weeks with completion by December. Dodson, meanwhile, said talks are underway with a potential long-term tenant for the showroom space.
Both men say they're moving forward believing Oklahoma City will keep moving forward once the pandemic ends. Gardner said while some of his clients' upcoming projects are delayed, none are so far canceled.
"I'm definitely encouraged that things will continue," Gardner said. "When, I don't know. But we will be positioned to continue to serve our clients the best way we can. And if we were to ever have availability for us to focus on our project, this is the time."

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