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  • Closer look at office building proposed for Auto Alley

    Plans have been formally submitted to the Downtown Design Review Committee for the proposed office building at NW 6th and Broadway in Automobile Alley.

    The following is from that application.

    616 N. Broadway Avenue
    Owner: Andy Burnett
    Architect: Elliott + Associates Architects

    Design Concept
    616 N. Broadway Avenue will be a seven-story building consisting of office and retail space on the first floor and office space on the six upper floors. The building is designed as a contextually sensitive modern structure with materials and proportions that reflect the surrounding historic buildings in Automobile Alley. Our design is inspired by the historic masonry facades and window grids found throughout the district.

    616 N. Broadway will further enliven the district with strong engagement along the sidewalks and is located along the new streetcar line. It will be an iconic and respectful addition to one of Oklahoma City’s most important districts.

    The Exterior
    The major building materials are light-grey brick and curtain wall. Dark grey brick is used as infill panels along the alley side and under windows where the grade of the sidewalk changes. Sidewalk canopies line the west and south sides of the building, providing shelter and human scale along the retail storefronts. The vocabulary of the façade consists of a grid divided into two different sized modules which add variety and excitement to the building. The north elevation includes a 50-foot diameter LED ring which relates to the circular patterns found in every intersection along Automobile Alley while the south façade includes large LED clock hands on the top level. The east elevation continues the grid pattern, and the curtain wall includes architectural metal infill panels, adding variety to the alley-side of the building. The east side of the building also includes a cantilevered conference room at the sixth floor and a covered walkway connecting to the main entrance lobby, which also leads to the main entrance along Broadway.

    Site & Landscaping
    Great care has been taken to ensure that the project is respectful of the existing surroundings. Chinese Pistache street trees are proposed at the south and west sidewalks and will also be used to screen the north end of the existing parking lot which will be reconfigured. Each tree well will include “Walkers Low” catmint groundcover to match what is already found throughout Automobile Alley. The existing grass lawn at the north edge of the site will be retained and improved while Nellie Stevens Holly evergreens will be used to screen parking, the mechanical and dumpster area and the outdoor amenities space on the east side of the building. Also found at the east side of the building will be seasonal color framing the covered walkway from the alley.

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