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shawnw
01-16-2014, 04:28 PM
That last photo really shows how it stitches BT back to DD! Definitely would love to see that Oklahoma Ave pedestrian connection formalized and enhanced.

Yes please

UnFrSaKn
01-16-2014, 05:13 PM
There are many more of these photos than what can be posted here because of bandwidth issues. Check out the OKCTalk.com Flickr.

OKCisOK4me
01-18-2014, 11:06 AM
There are many more of these photos than what can be posted here because of bandwidth issues. Check out the OKCTalk.com Flickr.

Do you have a link Will? I've searched FlickR twice now and the only thing that comes up for okctalk.com is this:

Flickr Search: okctalk.com (http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=okctalk.com)

UnFrSaKn
01-18-2014, 12:23 PM
okctalkphotos' collections on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/okctalk/collections/)

OKCisOK4me
01-18-2014, 01:15 PM
okctalkphotos' collections on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/okctalk/collections/)

Thank you sir!

Pete
01-23-2014, 11:22 AM
GICiaktzW94

OKCisOK4me
01-27-2014, 02:45 PM
From Sunday, 1/26/14:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7409/12179006964_ddfd7e1d42_z.jpg

Pete
02-02-2014, 11:12 AM
2/1/14 from Metro:

http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/hi020114.jpg

Spartan
02-02-2014, 11:14 AM
Topped out already?

Pete
02-05-2014, 02:06 PM
From today courtesy catch22.

Almost topped out now. The structure in the back is the pool enclosure.

http://www.okctalk.com/attachments/development-buildings/6580d1391634334-holiday-inn-express-hi020514a.jpg

ourulz2000
03-10-2014, 10:34 AM
Image from 2/21 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/76768334@N00/12688263965/in/photolist-kkdEPP-kk7MwN-kk46ER-kk419k-kk4PBV-kk4L5p-kk4JHg-kgvzX2-kexoyP-kewnBc-kewsPM-keyLky-k9VCJj-k1XhWt-jULced-jR5HW4-jKVrQf-jKWsHW-jKiTLo-jHLF1x-jH2xLE-jGZAUW-jH1AXS-jFz9Y3-jDmhWJ-jwfLgu-jqH3Cj-jnaGKW-jhQ8VQ-jhMwyP-jhMyNP-jhMEiY-jhQc79-jc5Tja-jcabG9-jc7hin-jc8b7J-jc7iY6-jayCTJ-jau9n2-jawuhs-j9ZA9P-j9ZMLC-j9Z3qZ-ja3BFd-j9ZsXz-j9Xv6D-j9Z2xX-j9ZLLG-ja1p7h-j9XYnn)

Pete
03-11-2014, 11:02 AM
Topped out:



http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/hi031114a.jpg



http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/hi031114b.jpg



http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/hi031114c.jpg

Just the facts
03-11-2014, 11:05 AM
I wonder why there are no windows on the east side.

catch22
03-11-2014, 11:07 AM
Perhaps they are looking towards the future -- possible building or parking garage by someone on the adjacent lot?

Just the facts
03-11-2014, 11:13 AM
Perhaps they are looking towards the future -- possible building or parking garage by someone on the adjacent lot?

That is what I thought as well. I tried to look up who owns the lot next door but the property appraiser website is not compatible with my browser. I can't imagine surface parking lots in upper Bricktown are long for this world.

AP
03-11-2014, 12:22 PM
What are their parking plans other than the handicapped spots on the west side?

Pete
03-11-2014, 12:24 PM
I'm sure they will be leasing spots in the huge surface lot directly north.

No doubt will offer valet parking as well.

Urbanized
03-11-2014, 02:00 PM
I was figuring since it is built to the property line that they anticipate something multistory being built there at some point and decided not to invest in a view that will go away at some point. That said, I notice also that on the primary (Main St) facade on the SE corner (adjacent to the windowless wall) there are no window openings for several extra feet from the corner. So...whether driven by the anticipation of adjacent construction or something else, it looks like maybe they put mechanicals or service space or something else along that wall and in that corner.

Pete
03-21-2014, 05:35 AM
Windows starting to go in. Thanks to shawnw for the photos:



http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/hiexpress032014a.jpg



http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/hiexpress032014b.jpg



http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/hiexpress032014c.jpg

Pete
04-13-2014, 09:32 AM
Bricks should be going up soon (thanks to shawnw for the pic):

http://www.okctalk.com/attachments/development-buildings/7402d1397403106-holiday-inn-express-hi041214.jpg

traxx
04-14-2014, 02:38 PM
Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn. If your girls starts acting up, then you take her friend.

HangryHippo
04-14-2014, 02:39 PM
Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn. If your girls starts acting up, then you take her friend.

is this a reference to Chingy?

traxx
04-14-2014, 02:42 PM
is this a reference to Chingy?

Rapper's Delight by the Sugarhill Gang.

Spartan
04-14-2014, 07:24 PM
I wonder why there are no windows on the east side.

East facing windows are expensive.

shawnw
04-14-2014, 08:33 PM
I think someone noted previously that the owners must be anticipating another structure going to the east, whether they know some inside info or eventually want a parking structure, or who knows. No idea of the reality but that seems feasible enough to me.

catch22
04-14-2014, 08:37 PM
I think someone noted previously that the owners must be anticipating another structure going to the east, whether they know some inside info or eventually want a parking structure, or who knows. No idea of the reality but that seems feasible enough to me.

It will happen sooner or later. Would be a great location for a "Mosaic" sized housing and retail development.

shawnw
04-14-2014, 08:42 PM
I think if someone would just build "spec parking" in the form of making that entire huge parking lot behind this hotel a ~5 story garage (accounting for the rail spur and a pedestrian cooridor along the "Oklahoma Spine" of course), there would be even more enticement to build more structures along main and nearby than there already is...

OKCisOK4me
04-15-2014, 11:55 AM
is this a reference to Chingy?




Shows how young you are 😉





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Pete
04-16-2014, 11:53 AM
Here is a new plan showing the ground floor:

http://www.okctalk.com/attachments/development-buildings/7485d1397670744-holiday-inn-express-hiexpress1st.jpg

Pete
05-12-2014, 07:45 AM
Bricks going up! Thanks to shawnw for the photo:

http://www.okctalk.com/attachments/development-buildings/7801d1399902276-holiday-inn-express-hi051114.jpg

ourulz2000
05-16-2014, 07:49 AM
Wish this would have been ready in time for the NBA Conference Finals/Finals this season.

Though I would think some media would stay at Aloft.

shawnw
05-16-2014, 09:36 AM
Agree, though next year for the finals hopefully we'll have two more hotels online (HIE and Staybridge), and while not the best of options perhaps, it's nice for the outside media to see the growth from year to year.

Urbanized
05-16-2014, 09:45 AM
Media room nights during the playoffs and Finals are booked in blocks by the NBA through the OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, not by the individual media members themselves.

shawnw
05-16-2014, 09:48 AM
Good to know. Too bad we don't have a huge convention hotel to put them all in at once. :-)


(cue fitstorm in 3... 2... 1...)

Urbanized
05-16-2014, 09:49 AM
Like

s00nr1
05-16-2014, 11:29 AM
Agree, though next year for the finals hopefully we'll have two more hotels online (HIE and Staybridge), and while not the best of options perhaps, it's nice for the outside media to see the growth from year to year.

Sure would be nice to have about a 25-30 story Omni/W/Hyatt Regency downtown like this to house the national media:

http://www.omnihotels.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Omni-Fort-Worth-Hotel-4.jpg

shawnw
05-16-2014, 11:34 AM
Agreed

OKCisOK4me
05-16-2014, 11:46 AM
Sure would be nice to have about a 25-30 story Omni/W/Hyatt Regency downtown like this to house the national media:

http://www.omnihotels.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Omni-Fort-Worth-Hotel-4.jpg

FYI, the glass wedged part of that building are residential units. Only the 15 or so stories is the Omni Hotel. I know, I've stayed there.


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s00nr1
05-16-2014, 12:52 PM
Oh yeah I know that which makes it an even better development :)

OKCisOK4me
05-25-2014, 05:25 PM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/26/u6agu4u5.jpg

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Spartan
05-25-2014, 05:28 PM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/05/26/u6agu4u5.jpg

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These views are from behind the building, right?

OKCisOK4me
05-25-2014, 05:39 PM
These views are from behind the building, right?

No sir. West elevation.

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Teo9969
05-26-2014, 01:58 PM
Amazing how little we talk about this development. That's a pretty good sign of how well OKC is doing.

kevinpate
05-26-2014, 03:11 PM
We'll likely hear more once a few folk have stayed there the night before.

soonerguru
05-26-2014, 03:13 PM
I think this is one of the nicest hotel developments we've had in OKC. Nice design and outstanding complement to the architecture of the area. Also, will bring some needed life to Main St.

Urbanized
05-26-2014, 03:25 PM
Amazing how little we talk about this development. That's a pretty good sign of how well OKC is doing.

It would be getting a lot more play if it were in a district other than Bricktown.

Pete
05-26-2014, 03:42 PM
594 posts and 41,000 views is quite a bit.

Both of those numbers far surpass the Ambassador thread -- now been open for a couple of months -- which is a way sexier project (upscale, restaurant, rooftop bar, etc.).

Urbanized
05-26-2014, 03:56 PM
Yeah, but most of those posts are probably mine. :tongue:

Also, many of the posts in this thread are most likely tied to the design controversies. I'm sure you can break that down for us, though.

Urbanized
05-26-2014, 03:57 PM
Wow. The thread started in early 2008. So early it was almost 2007. By contrast, the Ambassador thread started in mid-2011. That explains how this one easily surpasses that one.

Pete
05-26-2014, 04:08 PM
Emabassy Suites also started in 2008 and has 216 posts and 11,900 views.

Urbanized
05-26-2014, 04:46 PM
Makes sense...the only place near downtown that's more boring and unhip than Bricktown is...OUHSC! ;)

BDP
05-27-2014, 11:12 AM
Yeah, but most of those posts are probably mine. :tongue:

Also, many of the posts in this thread are most likely tied to the design controversies. I'm sure you can break that down for us, though.

True. The Ambassador thread could just be pictures and likes. And it was a renovation. Not much to complain about.

Of course, there was a brief period where people started complaining about ceiling heights of an 80 year old building. lol.

I am interested to see what this place does to Main street. I've always liked Main's potential for adding a couple of quainter blocks to bricktown for variety. So, this could either help kickstart it, or motivate more demolition of the street for extended stay concepts.

5alive
05-29-2014, 06:13 PM
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dankrutka
06-16-2014, 01:46 AM
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betts
06-17-2014, 08:12 AM
The brickwork they've completed looks really nice. It's pretty interesting that simple details like using a slightly different brick to outline the windows and using the same brick to create rectangular designs near the roof give the building an immediate vintage feel. I always like juxtaposition of contemporary and retro and so I think the front of the building will be an interesting contrast. I wish a few of the apartment developers in the area would take note......

UnFrSaKn
08-07-2014, 01:10 PM
https://mobile.twitter.com/p_frey/status/497452863136620545

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OkieNate
08-07-2014, 02:26 PM
https://mobile.twitter.com/p_frey/status/497452863136620545

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This looks really great! Three cheers for zero STUCCO!

Bullbear
08-07-2014, 03:43 PM
This looks really great! Three cheers for zero STUCCO!

I agree.. being all brick makes such a huge difference.. adds a lot of class to the structure and makes it appear to have been there a bit instead of feeling like a quick prefab job dropped in..

kevin lee
08-07-2014, 08:15 PM
Why did they put wall signage up? Did the get rid of the double corner sign from the renderings? Are they going with both maybe?

Pete
08-07-2014, 08:47 PM
They did change the signage. The first picture is one of the original renderings and the next three are what were officially approved by design review.

There will no longer be the sign on the roof.



http://www.okctalk.com/attachments/development-buildings/5541d1387759204-holiday-inn-express-hiexpress7.jpg

http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/hiexpresssign3.jpg

http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/hiexpresssign1.jpg

http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/hiexpresssign2.jpg