Oklahoma City developers thrilled to reveal plans for ambitious R&D center

Published: Tuesday, January 5, 2021 By: Richard Mize Source: NewsOK

Aviation, aerospace, bioscience and energy research and development are planned for a mixed-use project "focused on collaborative innovation" — in Oklahoma City's Innovation District — revealed Tuesday by two of the city's leading developers, Gardner Tanenbaum and Robinson Park Investments.

Richard Tanenbaum, CEO of Gardner Tanenbaum, and Mark Beffort, CEO of Robinson Park Investments, said they closed on the purchase of 2.7 acres near NE 8 and Interstate 235 Tuesday morning. More than 400,000 square feet of facilities in two buildings will feature shared technology for 3D imaging and printing, in addition to biomedical work. A key feature of the high-density project is the proposed MAPS 4-funded Innovation Hall.

"In OKC we’re no stranger to big ambition. We’re honored to work alongside our city leaders to build on OKC’s reputation as a front runner in national innovation. The foundation of this project is inclusion, diversity, growth, and opportunity for all Oklahomans,”​ Beffort said. Its proximity to University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University research centers will foster inter-university collaboration, he said.

The pedestrian-oriented layout, designed by FSB Architects, will include research labs and office space, a hotel, retail space, and "a public realm providing an open-air community environment," the developers said in a press release.

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