What is Liichokoshkomo’?
Liichokoshkomo’ (pronounced Lee-cho-kosh-ko-MO) is a Chickasaw phrase for “Let’s Play!” It is also the name of the new trailblazing outdoor education and play space dedicated to providing learning through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). This $15 million project encompasses more than 100,000 square feet of the south lawn at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (NCWHM) in Oklahoma City.
Benham Design, LLC teamed with NCWHM, JE Dunn Construction, Jonathan Martin Creative and Howard-Fairbairn Site Design to design, build and create this one-of-a-kind interactive learning space. Families will be able to create their own American West stories as they interact with the intertribal village that represents seven tribes (Caddo, Chickasaw, Hopi, Kiowa, Navajo, Pawnee and Ancient Puebloan) as well as a demonstration area, waterfall, railcar and train depot, trading post, pioneer wagon, sod house, playground and much more. Benham also designed the newly renovated Annie Oakley Society Event Center, a 4,700-square-foot outbuilding in the heart of the exhibit, that will accommodate the needs of the museum’s educational programming and provide additional event space for the museum.
“This project is truly one of a kind,” said Jim Martin, COO and Director of Design and Construction at NCWHM. “There is no design manual for this type of project. Benham used their supreme talent to take the vision of the NCWHM, Annie Oakley Society, and Jonathan Martin Creative and make it a reality. Their support throughout the design and construction was a tremendous factor in making this a successful project.”
“Benham is honored to have led the design of this wonderfully enriching project,” said Tomra Russell, Benham Vice President and project principal. “The impact of the exhibit and the experience offered will educate the next generation and the community both near and far.”
Benham Design, LLC, a Haskell company, has been a part of the Oklahoma City community for over 100 years, and is one of the country’s leading and longest-standing professional services operations, offering architectural, engineering, and design-build services spanning multiple markets with a diverse client base.
For more information on Liichokoshkomo’, please visit the NCWHM and its website at https://nationalcowboymuseum.org/liichokoshkomo-2.