RGDC also designed Bodine Elementary School, Westmoore High School, the aquatic center at Oklahoma City Community College, the Oklahoma County Jail, the Federal Transfer Center at Will Rogers World Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Records Building and two water treatment plants for Oklahoma City.
But when problems with the Oklahoma County Jail surfaced, RGDC was publicly vilified. In 1996, two of the company’s principals were found guilty of professional misconduct by the Oklahoma State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.
Records show that Donald G. Douglas and Richard D. Gravlin, two RGDC partners, were found guilty of practicing engineering outside their area of competence and ordered to surrender their professional licenses for six months.
The company’s third founder, architect F. Robert Cornell, was found guilty of practicing engineering without a license and was ordered to cease and desist.
The 1984 Briarwood School plans carry Cornell’s architect stamp.
During the trial, engineers testified that RGDC’s plans for the Federal Transfer Center were filled with dangerous errors. Alan Synar, the attorney for the engineering board at the 1996 hearing, said engineers found more than 1,500 mistakes in RGDC’s plans for the FAA’s Aviation Records Building.
The firm restructured after the three founders were found guilty and changed its name to Triad Design Group. Gravlin died in 2010. Attempts to locate Cornell were unsuccessful. Phone calls to Douglas were not returned.