OKC's DRG soars with new headquarters

Published: Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gather yourself before walking into DRG's new corporate headquarters — and not because you might catch the cutting edge of mission- critical air defense training and logistics.

No, but because you might feel swept back a century or more over several cultures.

From the D in the company name, for Delaware — the tribe, not the state — to the Federal-Georgian-style exterior, to the American Indian art in the lobby, to the replica World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane suspended from the atrium ceiling, to doing honor to the Tuskegee Airmen, the Busey family made the place a statement about minority and multicultural heritage.

Founder, Chairman and CEO Phil G. Busey Sr., who is Delaware and Cherokee, said Delaware Resource Group's new $11.1-million, 38,000-square-foot global headquarters at 3220 Quail Springs Parkway was meant to reflect his family culture and to be a showpiece for Oklahoma City.

That took close work with architect Bruce Bockus of Bockus Payne Associates Architects and general contractor Smith & Pickel Construction. But they reached into their own heritage and experience for the most meaningful feature.

“I'm proudest of the atrium with the P-51 that we have, in showcasing the Tuskegee Airmen, but also making a statement about what we do,” Busey said of the building, which will have its grand opening Thursday.

Read the rest of the story at oklahoman.com.

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