More MAPS 3 projects make significant headway
With the recent groundbreaking of the MAPS 3 downtown convention center, all of Oklahoma City’s MAPS 3 projects are either in progress or complete. Read on for significant updates about the program.
Downtown Convention Center
On Friday, June 15, Oklahoma City officials broke ground on the MAPS 3 Convention Center, launching a new era for the MAPS 3 projects and Oklahoma City’s Core-to-Shore redevelopment. This state-of-the-art, $288 million project is expected to be complete in 2020.
The building will be located east of Scissortail Park along Robinson Boulevard between SW 4th and SW 7th streets. Like the park and many other important landmarks downtown, it will be served by the MAPS 3 OKC Streetcar.
The convention center’s sleek and modern design features sweeping downtown views and materials designed for energy efficiency and resiliency against the weather. A 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall and about 45,000 square feet of meeting spaces will allow multiple events to take place simultaneously. The design also calls for a 30,000-square-foot ballroom, 10,000 square feet of pre-function space and a 4,000-square-foot balcony overlooking the MAPS 3 Scissortail Park.
The MAPS 3 Convention Center’s total project budget of $288 million, including land acquisition and other related expenses, is the biggest in City history for a single project. The construction contract is $168.2 million, $20 million under budget.
MAPS 3 Senior Health and Wellness Centers
Mayor David Holt and other civic leaders opened the second of four MAPS 3 senior wellness centers on May 4. The 39,000-square foot facility, located at 4021 S Walker Ave., is operated by NorthCare and is next door to Capitol Hill High School. It has a fitness center for members age 50 and up and a medical clinic open to everyone. The center is named for former longtime Ward 4 Councilman Pete White.
The debt-free $10.5 million center has a heated indoor fitness pool, a fully equipped exercise room, a café with computers, a billiards room, an art room with a kiln, a demonstration kitchen and a large outdoor patio.
The hybrid fitness pool has four lanes for swimming laps, plus an area for water aerobics and similar activities. The fitness center has new weight machines, treadmills, elliptical machines, bikes and a walking track. Six new tennis courts will be shared with the high school.
The center’s medical clinic offers primary care and behavioral health services through NorthCare and Variety Care and physical therapy services. It has 12 exam rooms, a pharmacy and a separate entrance and waiting room for students.
The first MAPS 3 Senior Health & Wellness Center opened last year at 11501 N Rockwell Ave. and is operated by Healthy Living and Fitness. The City is negotiating with Langston University for the operation of the third center in a to-be-determined location on the northeast side. A fourth center will follow.
Oklahoma City Streetcar
The Oklahoma City Streetcar, which has been under construction since early 2017, reached an important milestone in June when it began on-street testing on the Bricktown loop. Testing the streetcars confirms the tracks were built according to plans and specifications. Testing includes clearances with stops and adjoining signs, signals, poles and more. The electrical and signaling systems will also be tested, along with the operation of the streetcars themselves to ensure readiness for passenger safety.
Each streetcar must have at least 310 miles of testing before certification to carry passengers, and streetcar testing will be ongoing until the scheduled start of service late this year. Testing will begin along the Downtown Loop when construction is completed on that track in late summer.
A safety campaign is also underway to educate drivers, pedestrians and cyclists how to safely interact with the streetcar once rail service begins. The campaign will continue when streetcar operations begin. Learn how to remain streetcar safe.
Construction is under way on the upper section of the MAPS 3 Scissortail Park, and in July, officials unveiled the park’s logo. The new branding was produced by local creative firm StapleGun. Scissortail Park Foundation also announced The Social Order Dining Collective as the operator for the Park’s new cafe. The 40-acre upper section of the park opens next year, with the 30-acre lower section of the park scheduled to be finished in 2021.