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Learn about Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority, including Featured News, Key Projects, The Team, and Authority Members.

Created
1959
Bond Ratings
AA-/AA-
Last Issued in
2020

About Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority

The Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority (OCIA) was created in 1959 to provide bond funding for the construction of office buildings and other infrastructure support for various departments and agencies of the State of Oklahoma, particularly those currently leasing office space.

During its history, the Authority has funded numerous building and infrastructure improvements, including projects benefiting many state agencies, state colleges and universities, correctional facilities, and highway improvements.

The Authority issues Revenue Bonds backed by lease agreements with the various state entities. Upon extinguishment of the bond debt, the improvements remain the property of the Authority or become the property of the state entity leasing the improvement. The Authority also currently operates several state office buildings for the benefit of state agencies.

Key Projects

Groundbreaking Ceremony April 2021
DHS Greer Facility

SB 1933 authorized $16 million for new construction at the Greer Facility in Enid, Oklahoma. The Greer Center is the only privately operated, state-owned treatment facility in Oklahoma. It serves adults who are dually diagnosed with intellectual disability as well as mental illness.  Opening in 1989, the DHS facility operates in the northeast corner of the defunct Northern Oklahoma Resource Center Enid Campus. The new building will replace the buildings located in the center that were built in the 1980's.

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State Park Rehab

SB1941 authorized OCIA to secure $48.6 million for the Oklahoma Depart of Tourism's State Park construction, repair and rehab of facilities. A minimum of $3 million will be set aside specifically for Quartz Mountain, located in the southwest part of the state. Other projects include cabins, group camps, boat ramps, docks, roofing, infrastructure updates and many more. OK State Parks has reported that parks have seen 2.5 million visitors since the pandemic. Other state parks receiving repairs include Roman Nose, Beaver's Bend, Lake Murry and more.

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ODOT Construction

$200 million was authorized by HB 2744 to provide funding for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's Construction Work Plan. The plan calls for construction, maintenance and improvements to state highway and state bridge assets located throughout the state. For more information, see ODOT's current work plan here  8_year_construction_work_plan.pdf (odot.org) .

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Next Generation Facility

The Project has been named the “Next Generation Facility” or “NGF” for short. The NGF will be constructed on the grounds of the current Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center (the “COJC”) location in Tecumseh, Oklahoma. The NGF will consolidate the three existing OJA secure care facilities located across the State, including the COJC. The COJC is on 30 developed acres of a 147.7 acre plot and has been in use since 1919.

The NGF will include up to nine cottages that will provide living quarters for up to 144 residents. The Project is being planned and staged to minimize disruption to the day-to-day operations of the COJC, which will continue to house youth during the construction of the Project. This centralized campus will replace obsolete housing units that were designed and built for other purposes and other populations.

The NGF will focus on providing rehabilitative and therapeutic services in a specifically designed facility for juvenile justice programming. The NGF will encompass residential cottages for male and female youth in OJA’s care along with a modern health services building. To help its residents be physically active, the Project includes a regulation size soccer field that may also be used for football and baseball/softball, and two outside basketball courts (one for each of the male and female residents).

Consolidation of OJA’s three existing secure care facilities into the NGF will result in a more therapeutic environment for its residents and better working conditions for OJA staff, and will also result in significant savings by consolidating services such as cafeteria, laundry and maintenance. Further, use of technology and smart housing unit design in the NGF will allow OJA staff to be more efficient and effective.

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The Team

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Authority Members

Governor Kevin Stitt, Chairman

Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell, Vice Chairman

State Treasurer Randy McDaniel, Secretary

Director Steven Harpe, Member 
Office of Management and Enterprise Services

Commissioner Charles Prater, Member
Oklahoma Tax Commission

Secretary Tim Gatz, Member
Secretary of Transportation, Executive Director of ODOT
Executive Director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority

Secretary Justin Brown, Member
Secretary of Human Services and Childhood Initiatives, Director of OKDHS

Director Jerry Winchester, Member
Executive Director of Tourism and Recreation

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