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A Closer Look at the Omni

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(view from the boulevard, across from the Chesapeake Energy Arena)

In The Oklahoman today we took a first look at the designs by Rule Joy Trammel + Rubio for the 17-story Omni set to be built along side the new convention center. 

As I noted, the tower portion of the building will now face the new Oklahoma City Boulevard, across from the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Originally, the tower facade faced Robinson across from the future Scissortail Park.

Looking at the renderings, it makes sense why the architect chose to reverse that frontage. Imagine driving west along the boulevard from the I-40 and I-235 junction. Your first view will be of a thriving Bricktown and Lower Bricktown along the north side of the boulevard through the BNSF Railway viaduct. 

To the south we see the Land Run Monument park and the incredible mix of recreation and boathouses along the Oklahoma River. The last stretch of land, previously home to a lumberyard and cotton mill, will likely be a mix of housing retail and hotels. 

Drive under the railway viaduct and you will see the arena, a garage possibly wrapped in workforce housing, and then the Omni immedately across from what will become the main arena entrance.

Yeah, this is looking pretty good. Next is the park, with some sort of development across the street on the former Fred Jones Ford dealership.

Not a bad start to this grand entry. Not at all. 

The podium building across from the park feels more in context for what happens next if you are traveling along Robinson Avenue. A frontage of restaurants and shops tie together the convention center, the hotel and the park itself. 

This stretch feels approachable for pedestrians. As if it were all meant to fit together (and it is).

The final advantage for the podium part of the hotel facing Robinson (part of the upper floors will be meeting and ballroom space) is the elaborate rooftop pool, cabanas and bar.

Some may have wished the hotel could have been taller - conceptual design pitch suggested a potential 19-story height. But standing at 214 feet, it's taller than any building now or in the future in nearby Bricktown and at 605 rooms, only so many floors are needed. It will stick out in the new downtown skyline emerging in what has only been known as a 12-year city plan referred to as "Core to Shore."

More details:

Number of Keys – 605

Height of Tower – 17 stories (214’-0”)

Height of Conference Podium – 2 stories (47’-0”). The 47’-0” is included in the overall height of 214’-0”.

Net SF of Conference Space including Outdoor and Indoor Pre-Function Space– 77,300 NSF

Total Gross Construction Area – 550,000 GSF

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Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›

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