The Norman Transcript

Business

January 27, 2013

Financial Center renovation nets contractor award

NORMAN — Barbour & Short, Inc. of Norman received an Associated General Contractors Build Oklahoma Award for its renovation of the Financial Center, 111 N. Peters. Company officials said the structural repair of the Financial Center was one of the most unique projects undertaken by the company in its 92-year history.

Barbour & Short was honored at the Associated General Contractors Build Oklahoma Awards Banquet on Jan. 19.

In 2009, the Financial Center building was declared unsafe for occupancy by a structural engineer and immediately evacuated.

Two massive inverted V steel braces were constructed within the confines of the building. One brace was constructed from the basement to the sixth floor roof. The other brace was constructed from the first floor to the sixth floor roof.

The basement foundation required solid shale to be jack hammered and removed from the building in wheel barrows via the existing elevator.

Stairwell trusses, column restraints, double tee stem extensions, chord plates, shear plates, and many other structural repairs were installed in the building. The basement and floors one through five were demolished and rebuilt for new tenants. New mechanical and electrical systems were installed.

The exterior of the building was extensively renovated. The building withstood a magnitude 5.6 earthquake with no structural damage.

The building also withstood a microburst with hail and winds in excess of 80 miles per hour with no building damage. On April 13, 2012, the building was hit by a tornado. The roof needed to be replaced, but there was no structural or other type of building damage.

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
  • Selling Norman is love at first sight

    Meeting planners who make a site visit to Norman tend to fall in love, convention and hospitality experts said this week. The staff of the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau are commissioned with the job of promoting tourism and selling ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Green House is a homegrown business

    Nancy Muenzler was a banker in her previous life. That was before the Green House, 1708 SW 24th Street, became her passion....

    April 20, 2014

  • Conan’s martial arts moves downtown

    Conan’s Kickboxing, Karate, Boxing, Jujitsu, MMA Academy is celebrating the grand opening of a new facility right in the heart of downtown Norman at 310 E. Main St. Founded in 1996 by four-time World Kickboxing Champion Scott “Conan” ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Chamber welcomes new members

    The Norman Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all our sales volunteers and welcome our new Chamber members from our recent spring membership drive.  Suzanne McAuley was this year’s membership drive chair....

    April 20, 2014

  • It’s easier than ever to be your own movie producer

    Things have certainly come a long way since 1988, when the first stand-alone audio CD recorders outside of CD manufacturing plants started showing up. At that time, do-it-yourself CDs were the province of the rich and famous, as the ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Chamber Banquet During annual banquet, Chamber of Commerce promotes moving Norman forward

    Amidst the backdrop of music, dancing, dinner and fellowship, business leader Mike Fowler announced that the time for a quality-of-life initiative in Norman has come. As incoming Norman Chamber of Commerce board chairman, Fowler and ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Women leaders announced

    The Norman Chamber announced the nominees for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Award, which honors female leaders who actively inspire other women to achieve their full potential.  Past recipients of this honor, formerly known as the ATHENA ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Norman use tax takes a hit while Moore sales tax flounders

    Norman use tax took a hit this month while Moore’s sales tax floundered for the first time since sales picked up in the post-tornado recovery period. For the city of Norman, however, sales tax collections are a bright spot on the revenue ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Nextep moves back to Dillard Building, but this time with much larger presence

    In 1997, entrepreneur Brian Fayak was just getting Nextep Inc., a professional employer service, started. Fayak had been working out of his sister’s house in west Norman and was delighted when the opportunity came to rent an executive ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Spotlight

    Chiropractic award Megan Borne, a chiropractic assistant at Sparks Clinic of Chiropractic in Norman, was recently awarded the title of C.A. counselor with the Pinnacle Chiropractic Management Group. She will assist other chiropractic ...

    April 13, 2014