Simon Hurst
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From the 2022 Architectural Portfolio: Clara Luper Center for Educational Services

March 13, 2023
The project was recognized in the Adaptive Reuse category.

The former Central National Bank, a vacant three-story office building constructed in 1959 and 1978, has been transformed into a new headquarters for Oklahoma City Public Schools, the state's largest district. The main building has numerous offices, conference rooms and collaboration areas for about 160 employees. New amenities such as training rooms and a staff lounge were added in the basement. The original bank vault was stripped of its safe deposit boxes and converted into a storm shelter.

An addition in a complementary and contemporary design style contains the main entrance and reception area, conference and meeting rooms, and a large multipurpose room, which is used for school board meetings, professional development sessions and community events. New life has been breathed into an unused building to create an environment thoughtfully designed for the district’s needs and aspirations.

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