City council OKs convention center design

Published: Friday, March 2, 2018 By: William Crum Source: NewsOK

Designs for Oklahoma City's new convention center won the city council's approval on Tuesday, clearing the way for construction to begin and for the building to open in mid-2020.

With glass facades offering views of the new downtown park and signature upswept roofline, the building won't look like a typical convention center, said Roy Williams, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's president and chief executive officer.

"Oklahoma City's going to be unique," said Williams, who heads the city's leading business organization and serves on a convention center advisory panel.

The building makes a "real architecture statement" in a field populated by big-box meeting complexes with little to distinguish one from another, he said.

Financed by the MAPS 3 sales tax approved by voters in 2009, the convention center has been shepherded by local advisory panels and by a design team led by the Kansas City-based Populous architecture and design firm.

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