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Learn about Projects for Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority, including Next Generation Facility, First Americans Museum, and The State Capitol Repair.
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.
The First Americans Museum is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the heart of Indian Country, on a 33.6 acre site on the Oklahoma River. The FAM’s museum experience intends to feature interactive exhibitions, educational programming and events in a structure exceeding 140,000 square feet, containing architectural spaces that will echo Native American values and traditions, and inclusive of outdoor experiences including a large promontory walk. Groundbreaking on the FAM began in 2005, but construction was halted in 2012 when dedicated funds for the FAM were exhausted. Contracts for design updates and other preparation for construction-related activities on the FAM resumed in the fall of 2017. The budget to complete the construction of the FAM is $50 million, with funding coming from the following three sources: (i) $25 million in proceeds from the Series 2018B Bond, (ii) $16 million from private and tribal contributions previously deposited in the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum Completion Fund (the “AICCM Completion Fund”) created pursuant to Section 1226.20 of the NACEA Act, a portion of which has already been expended towards completion of the FAM, and (iii) $9 million from the City of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (the “City”) pursuant to Section 1226.2 of the NACEA Act, which amount is required to be deposited into the AICCM Completion Fund. Monies on deposit in the AICCM Completion Fund may only be expended for the purpose of completing the FAM. In addition, the City will assume responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the FAM after it opens to the public. FAM's Grand Opening is scheduled for September 18-19, 2021.
The American Indian Cultural Center Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is the source of the $16 million previously deposited in the AICCM Completion Fund, intends to spend approximately $15 million on the design, display, and acquisition of exhibits for, and other expenses of, the FAM, the funding of which will come from private and tribal contributions. More information can be found on their website: https://famok.org/
The State Capitol building was built between 1914 and 1917 and is home to all three branches of State government and vast collections of State art. The State Capitol building had never undergone a comprehensive restoration despite its century of use and harsh Oklahoma weather.
The Project is a six-year, estimated $245 million restoration effort that will completely modernize the State Capitol building. The Project includes modernizing the building’s infrastructure and shoring up the limestone façade while
upgrading the functionality of the building for tenants and visitors alike. Investigation and construction
work began in 2015. For more info, visit their website: https://capitolrestore.ok.gov/
The Project will construct, repair and rehabilitate the following flood-control dams in the State: (i) Sallisaw 33 located in Sequoyah County; (ii) Fourche Maline 7M located in Latimer County; (iii) Upper Elk 23D located in Beckham County; (iv) Upper Black Bear 62 located in Noble County; (v) Quapaw 15M located in Lincoln County; and (vi) Upper Clear Boggy 26 located in Pontotoc County. OCC intends to leverage the Series 2019A Bond proceeds to obtain approximately $7.7 million in matching USDA federal funds designated for construction of dams in the State, which funds will be applied to the Project.
The Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, which will be located in the Tulsa Arts District, will be a museum dedicated to the creative spirit of Oklahoma’s people and the influence of those artists on popular culture around the world. Stories featured in the museum will include movies, radio, television, illustration, literature, theater, Wild West Shows and Route 66— all connected to a sense of time and place through the language of music. Authorized by SB839, $25 million was allocated to the project by the 2017C Series. For more info, visit their website https://www.okpop.org/
In 2018, SB 1590 authorized $116.5 million to be spent on updates to existing Department of Correction facilities. With twenty four correctional centers across the state, projects will address the aging prison infrastructure. The list of needs is expansive, including door and lock replacement, electrical upgrades, heat and air, plumbing, roof and water tower replacement. This investment in the infrastructure of the state's correctional facilities will improve the safety for staff and inmates enhancing DOC's ability to provide an essential service for the citizens of the state.
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.
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.
$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) .