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MAPS 3 convention center concepts presented

Post Date:03/28/2013

(March 28, 2013) - On Tuesday, the citizen subcommittee for the MAPS 3 convention center reviewed three convention center concepts presented by consultants Populous and GSB, Inc. 

The new convention center will be built downtown between Reno Avenue and the future Oklahoma City Boulevard and Robinson Avenue and Walker Avenue.

The consultants took comments from subcommittee members and elected officials and plan to present a hybrid concept that incorporates the favored features from each concept in the coming months.

All three convention center concepts are anchored to Robinson Avenue and feature an elevated ballroom with city and park views, flexible meeting spaces, entrances on all sides of the building, room for expansion to the west, and below ground exhibit halls and loading docks.  The concepts also allow for pedestrian connections to the Myriad Botanical Gardens and the future MAPS 3 Downtown Public Park.

The three concepts primarily differ in the orientation of the convention center and the location of a proposed convention center hotel, which is not part of MAPS 3. 

“Great convention centers balance many attributes including beauty, functionality, urban integration, spirit of place and sustainability,” Populous Principal Todd Voth said.

The concepts were created with input from stakeholders including hoteliers, event planners, city leaders, developers and staff from the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau and City.

City Council will make the final decision on the concepts. Construction on the $252 million project is expected to begin in 2016.

The MAPS 3 convention center subcommittee is made up of nine Mayor-appointed citizens. The MAPS 3 subcommittees generally meet monthly and meetings are open to the public. The subcommittees provide input to the MAPS 3 Citizen Advisory Board which makes recommendations to City Council.

MAPS 3 updates are available by subscribing to the MAPS 3 e-newsletter at www.okc.gov/maps3/. Updates are also available on www.twitter.com/maps3  and www.facebook.com/maps3okc.  Log on to www.okc.gov/maps3  to read the convention center conceptual study. 

About MAPS 3
MAPS 3 is a 10-year, $777 million construction program designed to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City.  It is funded by a one-cent tax initiative that began in April 2010 and ends in December 2017. MAPS 3 funds eight projects: Downtown Convention Center, Downtown Public Park, Modern Streetcar/Transit, Oklahoma River Improvements, Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Improvements, Senior Health and Wellness Centers, Trails and Sidewalks. Log on towww.okc.gov/maps3 for details.

Contact:  Kristy Yager
297-2550 / 863-2831

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