Notebook: March 2015
Topics of interest to Tulsans
A rendering of the Collegiate Center at Edison Preparatory School.
Courtesy KSQ Architects
Construction recently began on the Collegiate Center at Edison Preparatory School — the first Tulsa Public Schools building to incorporate two safe rooms designed to Federal Emergency Management Agency standards.
Kyle Casper of KSQ Architects, the project’s designer and manager, says the Collegiate Center has to be innovative and energy-efficient while accommodating a range of uses focused on helping students prepare for college.
His design team developed the proprietary technology that will reinforce the facility’s two multipurpose lecture and testing halls to protect students and faculty in a weather emergency.
When completed in fall 2015, the 18,500- square-foot facility, which is funded with 2010 bonds, also will include two concurrent enrollment classrooms, college counseling offices, a computer research center, a study hall and a lounge.
The center’s ventilation system will adjust based on motion and body count to reduce energy usage by up to 50 percent. Casper says this is important since most of the building will be glass — but not just any glass. The panes are glazed to protect against winds over 200 mph.
Holly Beal, KSQ communications coordinator, says the firm has taken environmental measures and applied them to emergency management and disaster recovery, allowing projects like the Collegiate Center to “save energy and save lives.”
— Brittany Gray, third-grade teacher at Moore Elementary in the Union Public Schools district, at the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s“Mentoring to the Max” breakfast on Jan. 27. Baker Hughes Tulsa engineers help Moore students improve math skills by meeting weekly for 30 minutes before school. The Chamber and the Mayor’s Office collaborated on the January event, which showcased the significance of mentoring.
Bringing art to Tulsa’s heart
An outdoor art installation will be unveiled April 2 as part of a new temporary public art venture in downtown Tulsa.
The privately funded Urban Core Arts Project seeks to enrich and celebrate Tulsa’s urban center, says Art Commissioner Holbrook Lawson, one of UCAP’s three founding members.
Kansas City-based artist James Woodfill created a subtle, LED-illuminated piece that will be installed on the exterior of the Mimosa Tree-Pinnacle Building at 301 E. Third St.
March 4-28 — “Firefly Experience” photography exhibit
Featuring 20-25 images of fireflies by Radim Schreiber of Iowa and Tulsan Bob Sober, co-founder of the Urban Core Art Project (UCAP). Images sold will help fund UCAP’s temporary public art projects in Tulsa. Tulsa Performing Arts Center Gallery, 110 E. Second St. Free. To view Schreiber’s images, visit www.fireflyexperience.org.
The piece, called “Fireflies,” draws on Woodfill’s understanding of the Midwest urban experience and landscape, Lawson says. It will remain for one year as a prototype for an ongoing series of temporary public art downtown.
“The goal is to provide opportunities for innovative, thought-provoking artwork that affects how people experience their environment,” Lawson wrote in a press release. “It is hoped that city leaders, stakeholders and the public will embrace this effort as a means to stimulate further activity in Tulsa’s urban core.”
Tulsa Shock point guard Skylar Diggins, 24, appeared in the February issue of Self Magazine. In the article, she shared her 8-minute warm-up and modeled workout gear.