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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.

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