By Randall Turk

Transcript Business Editor

Construction is beginning on the final phase of Quorum Office park, an upscale commercial complex in northwest Norman.

Four new residential-style buildings will be added, bringing the office park’s total structures to eight. Also part of the development is Quorum Shops, a retail center fronting 24th Ave. NW, one block south of Robinson Street.

When the additional four buildings are completed the office park will have a cumulative 73,000 square feet of space accommodating medical, dental and law practices and other professional businesses. Developer Mickey Clagg, managing partner with Quorum Office Park LLC, said development and construction costs will reach $8 million. The project was initiated in 1999.

Clagg said the first of the four new new buildings will be the law office of Brad Brickell, Norman, who has offices in downtown Oklahoma City. The law firm will occupy about 3,500 square feet. Brickell will lease the building’s remaining space to another tenant, Clagg said.

A second building of about 10,000 square feet will become the offices of Garver Engineering. The firm presently operates from smaller quarters in downtown Norman.

Two other lots were purchased by Norman investor Bruce Morain. A 12,000-square-foot building and another, 7,500 square feet, will be built by Norman general contractor Sassan Moghadam, of Precision Builders. Morain said both will be multi-tenant buildings.

WestPoint Group builder Anthony Mirzaie has completed and leased another 10,000-square-foot building in the office park. The building shortly will be occupied by AFS, Metavante, Mirzaie said.

Mirzaie said he chose the Quorum because its covenants and restrictions “create a cohesively-designed office park.” He also said the location off 24th Avenue NW, near I-35 and West Robinson “is second to none.”

The Quorum’s nearby neighbors include Albertson’s, Lowe’s, Best Buy and the new SuperTarget store that opened this past week in University Northpark.

The Quorum project was designed by architects Rick McKinney and Toni Bragg of The McKinney Partnership, based in Norman. McKinney said the project’s brick veneer and stone trim exteriors, the steep pitch of the buildings’ roofs and their large windows “all work together to unify the office park.” The buildings largely have an open plan with few columns so interiors can easily change to accommodate different tenants, McKinney said. Some of the buildings have dormers and attics providing extra storage space, he said.

The architectural design includes uniform signage and extensive landscaping. The site has a central courtyard and shallow pool surrounded by plantings.

The McKinney Partnership is known throughout the country for its high-end commercial and institutional projects. The firm, featured in the Sept. 24 issue of The Transcript, recently celebrated its 20th year.

Randall Turk

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rturk@normantranscript.com

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