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shawnw
08-15-2014, 11:42 AM
New sign is up per the bricktown instagram. I love this hotel, but am disappointed about the sign.

UnFrSaKn
08-15-2014, 12:19 PM
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Bullbear
08-15-2014, 01:29 PM
a rooftop sign would have added a nice touch. but other than that the new sign.. well its a Holiday inn Express & Suites sign..

Plutonic Panda
08-15-2014, 05:57 PM
Went the cheap route.... :/

Eddie1
08-15-2014, 06:19 PM
I agree, how much more could a rooftop sign could have possibly added to the overall cost of the project?

catch22
08-15-2014, 06:28 PM
I wonder if it was really ever considered or suggested? Perhaps someone with some graphic skills could do something up and send it over to the them to see if they like it.

It was in the original proposal, see the rendering in the wiki article at the top.

Anonymous.
08-16-2014, 10:48 PM
http://imageshack.com/a/img673/2228/zj8iBX.jpg

soonerguru
08-17-2014, 01:53 AM
Like

kevinpate
08-17-2014, 06:49 AM
Not sure why a fuss over the signage. Looks like straight forward HIE signage. I wasn't a big fan of the rooftop sign in the renderings to begin wiht so that may be coloring my thoughts. These look fine on the building though.

Bullbear
08-17-2014, 07:21 AM
Not sure why a fuss over the signage. Looks like straight forward HIE signage. I wasn't a big fan of the rooftop sign in the renderings to begin wiht so that may be coloring my thoughts. These look fine on the building though.

Yah I like the IDEA of a roof top sign.. I thought it would be cool somewhat like the buick sign they just put up on AA. however what was in the rendering wasn't that cool by any stretch of the imagionation. and as you said the signage is straight forward branding ( wouldn't be anything other than corporate standard ) but I think the building has really turned out nice. looks much better than some of the other projects with the completed brick from top to bottom. it looks as if it belongs there.

hoya
08-17-2014, 09:14 AM
Yes, it looks so much better than some of the other hotels in the area that get topped out with EIFS. Honestly the sign can always be changed.

5alive
08-17-2014, 10:59 AM
I can't tell from the photo, but that three story main entrance...is that EIFS or cast stone?

Bullbear
08-17-2014, 11:51 AM
Its still covered with protective covering it appears. I thought it was going to be a glass or something. but the rendering shows more of a cast stone . I duno

kevin lee
08-17-2014, 12:05 PM
I don't think the rooftop sign was better, just different. Sometimes different makes it better. Regardless, this design is more of a hip nighttime concept so as good as it looks in the day time; it should look that much better when the sun goes down.

LordGerald
08-19-2014, 11:02 AM
I can't tell from the photo, but that three story main entrance...is that EIFS or cast stone?

Right now, it's actually white paint (sealer) on plywood. I believe the entrance and the headers above the black brick surrounding the building will be a gray, silver looking laminate to give it the look of stainless steel or brushed chrome.

Mr. Cotter
08-26-2014, 11:53 AM
A view without the scaffolding, and the awning frame has been added. The brickwork looks really nice in person.

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sroberts24
08-26-2014, 03:19 PM
i think this is the best development built in Bricktown, aside from the ballpark. This is the only new construction I can think of that is 100% brick and actually looks like and old warehouse. Well done. I do think the Steal Yard will be the best if built like the plans show.

UnFrSaKn
09-09-2014, 02:22 PM
September 8 2014

https://www.flickr.com/photos/williamhider/sets/72157647000478077/

soonerguru
09-09-2014, 05:45 PM
i think this is the best development built in Bricktown, aside from the ballpark. This is the only new construction I can think of that is 100% brick and actually looks like and old warehouse. Well done. I do think the Steal Yard will be the best if built like the plans show.

I agree completely. Great land use, design and execution.

Pete
11-06-2014, 09:29 AM
From catch22. Awnings up; they should be ready to open in the next couple of months:



http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/hi110514a.jpg


http://www.okctalk.com/images/pete/hi110514b.jpg

Anonymous.
11-25-2014, 01:31 PM
https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/847x635q90/913/3xnukT.jpg


https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/847x635q90/674/L7EXY3.jpg

5alive
11-25-2014, 05:47 PM
Is it just me or does that small vertical sign look out-of-place?

HOT ROD
11-25-2014, 08:31 PM
its small and its also backwards.

can we get/require developers to bury the powerlines? at least in the downtown districts? I mean, aren't they getting TIF already? why not get something for that money, sorely needed to make the inner core better rather than just caving in and seeding projects for free.

Urbanized
11-25-2014, 08:56 PM
Did this project get TIF? Pretty sure it didn't.

Also, I agree that the vertical sign is a pedestrian sign... ...and that it's backwards.

UnFrSaKn
11-25-2014, 09:20 PM
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UnFrSaKn
11-26-2014, 06:58 AM
Past two weeks:

November 13
https://www.flickr.com/photos/williamhider/sets/72157649063116749/

November 25 (same as above)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/williamhider/sets/72157647145852284/

Spartan
11-27-2014, 04:01 PM
This project is turning out pretty nice

soonerguru
11-27-2014, 07:45 PM
This is the best hotel project from an esthetic standpoint in Bricktown. Unheralded but quality design and construction.

HOT ROD
11-27-2014, 10:53 PM
i like it but almost wish the windows were bigger; giving it a more warehouse look/feel. But it did turn out to be a great project.

Rover
11-28-2014, 07:55 AM
Architects have to love designing for Bricktown. The least imagininative you make it the more we love it. This indeed looks like a warehouse. You don't have to really design anything, just use lots of brick and simple brickwork.

This is great inexpensive infill, but not great architecture by any means. Sometimes I think we just like things that aren't obviously horrible.

BDP
11-28-2014, 08:44 AM
Architects have to love designing for Bricktown. The least imagininative you make it the more we love it. This indeed looks like a warehouse. You don't have to really design anything, just use lots of brick and simple brickwork.

Even then, some developers don't even want to do that.

hoya
11-28-2014, 09:08 AM
Architects have to love designing for Bricktown. The least imagininative you make it the more we love it. This indeed looks like a warehouse. You don't have to really design anything, just use lots of brick and simple brickwork.

This is great inexpensive infill, but not great architecture by any means. Sometimes I think we just like things that aren't obviously horrible.

Bricktown isn't really about great architecture. It's about old brick warehouses.

Just the facts
11-28-2014, 09:55 AM
Bricktown isn't really about great architecture. It's about old brick warehouses.

...and good urbanism. Honestly, I think good urbanism is what most historic preservationist are trying to preserve. Good urbanism doesn't have to be good architecture, which is probably why so many architects hate urbanism.

Spartan
11-28-2014, 10:47 AM
Architects have to love designing for Bricktown. The least imagininative you make it the more we love it. This indeed looks like a warehouse. You don't have to really design anything, just use lots of brick and simple brickwork.

This is great inexpensive infill, but not great architecture by any means. Sometimes I think we just like things that aren't obviously horrible.

Well I agree from experience that in designing something busier, like with the Staybridge or the Green Turret Hotel by Bass Pro, the designer will be spending a lot more time in AutoCAD and Rhino.

Less is more - SIMPLE is almost always going to turn out better in an urban setting. That said, I agree that larger windows (maybe even casements) would have been a homerun here. I suspect that would have added significant costs to the project (standard windows with brick veneer as opposed to special windows with reinforced mullions or something to support the front facade)

Rover
11-28-2014, 10:55 AM
...and good urbanism. Honestly, I think good urbanism is what most historic preservationist are trying to preserve. Good urbanism doesn't have to be good architecture, which is probably why so many architects hate urbanism.

This is an absolute cop-out. There doesn't have to be an EITHER urbanism OR good/great architecture. That is lazy. If urbanism is just putting ugly/plain buildings next to the street and throw a couple of storefronts, bars and restaurants in it then that is a really low bar. Urbanism sets the parameters but doesn't prohibit an architect from doing good work. I've seen plenty of old communist developments in East Europe and China. Certainly is high density, lots of pedestrian traffic, very walkable, etc., but utterly depressing environment to live in. It is time for us to expect more than the least.

Spartan
11-28-2014, 11:12 AM
First of all, Kerry isn't laying out an absolute ground rule (granted, he should generally stop doing that). But rather he is just musing that while the two aren't mutually exclusive, they can be at odds with each other. I'd call that the Rand Elliott Effect lol. But it doesn't always have to be that way.

Secondly, Eastern Europe does have good urbanism and good architecture. That environment is generally a third historic Hanseatic "old towns," a third community-era stuff, and a third post-modernism. It's really the most underrated part of the world. Hell, they even have a few countries with balanced budgets. In this day and age.

Just the facts
11-28-2014, 11:17 AM
I've seen plenty of old communist developments in East Europe and China. Certainly is high density, lots of pedestrian traffic, very walkable, etc., but utterly depressing environment to live in.

Then it isn't good urbanism.

Rover
11-28-2014, 11:52 AM
Then it isn't good urbanism.

Exactly. Glad you agree. Ugly basic architecture does NOT make an area more livable. We have to set the bar higher. This project does nothing to set any bar higher. It complies with a basic guideline...it has lots of brick and is non-descript. We argue about an awning or two and then allow an otherwise totally forgettable building to be built because it has a neat entry and is close to the street. UGH.

HOT ROD
11-28-2014, 12:07 PM
Exactly. Glad you agree. Ugly basic architecture does NOT make an area more livable. We have to set the bar higher. This project does nothing to set any bar higher. It complies with a basic guideline...it has lots of brick and is non-descript. We argue about an awning or two and then allow an otherwise totally forgettable building to be built because it has a neat entry and is close to the street. UGH.

+1

hoya
11-28-2014, 12:27 PM
Exactly. Glad you agree. Ugly basic architecture does NOT make an area more livable. We have to set the bar higher. This project does nothing to set any bar higher. It complies with a basic guideline...it has lots of brick and is non-descript. We argue about an awning or two and then allow an otherwise totally forgettable building to be built because it has a neat entry and is close to the street. UGH.

This is probably going to be an unpopular opinion, but I think we need "forgettable" buildings in this city to add mass and density. Not every building is going to be a work of art, but this building fits in well with the rest of the area and comes right up to the street. The brickwork looks really nice in person, and once it's completed it will be almost indistinguishable from a building that had been here for 70 years.

Rover
11-28-2014, 12:51 PM
LOL. MOST of our buildings are forgettable. So now we need MORE?

Spartan
11-28-2014, 12:56 PM
We need buildings that work. Vernacular or high-design, far too much of the building stock we have remaining uses non-traditional methods to address the public realm. Sometimes a bad plaza, sometimes a bad green, or a kiss-and-ride drop-off loop, etc.

We don't have too many boxes with windows and doors on the street. That's what is so great here and with the Deep Deuce projects.

Bricktown meanwhile has moved much slower because every project thinks it has to be distinctive, for better or worse. The developer behind Brickopolis way over-thought his development, sought to corner the market on family-friendly distinction, and disregarded the real estate aspects at work. Steelyard is the concept we need to energize mixed-uses in Bricktown, but it too will be over-the-top with garish arches, etc. Excited to see Sheridan finally fill-in, but annoyed that it took a new boutique hotel flag to produce development, which should have happened a decade ago. This Holiday Inn Express is a refreshing project for Bricktown from the standpoint that they just knew what they wanted to do, secured a simple hotel flag, found a great site, hired a good architect and let the design review process work, and then just built it. I think this development team knows what its doing, which is something Bricktown needs.

Rover
11-28-2014, 01:05 PM
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Would something more interesting like this destroy Bricktown though? I understand this project is "safe".

Spartan
11-28-2014, 01:10 PM
I don't think BUDC would allow the EIFS arches and lintels.

soonerguru
11-28-2014, 01:57 PM
They could have hammed it up to make it look like the Hampton Inn. Thank God they didn't. It's a nice project.

Rover
11-28-2014, 02:12 PM
I don't think BUDC would allow the EIFS arches and lintels.

It doesn't have to be EIFS (and you know how much I hate EIFS). In this case, it looks like it might be stone or contrasting brick. And even if it was EIFS, how is this different than the others they allowed except being at the bottom vs. top. At least the building I showed has some style while still capturing the essence of the neighborhood.

So, basically you are saying the only thing allowed is a warehouse/factory looking structure?

Rover
11-28-2014, 02:13 PM
They could have hammed it up to make it look like the Hampton Inn. Thank God they didn't. It's a nice project.

That is the alternative....boring and no style vs. awful and no style? This is what we've come to?

HOT ROD
11-28-2014, 02:51 PM
I think for distinctive locations (such as intersections or entrances to districts) that attention to design should be paid for developments. This would go a LONG way toward placemaking and the creation of vibe for the area served. Brickopolis is the perfect location for a memorable, distinctive building given its canal front and OK Ave fronting location; I'd hoped HI could have been a little bit more distinctive as well given its prominent corner (and to me, larger windows would have done it).

We could have forgetable buildings in the mid-blocks or inside a district, but if we had the corners and entrances distinctive then that would make the district as a whole memorable.

soonerguru
11-28-2014, 02:59 PM
That is the alternative....boring and no style vs. awful and no style? This is what we've come to?

How is it more boring than the other buildings on that block? It lacks some of the details but fits in nicely. I for one am pleased this developer raised the bar for Bricktown hotel development, whether or not it's an architectural masterpiece.

Motley
11-28-2014, 03:03 PM
Maybe if the city had given them more TIF money we could have the tower in Rover's post. it is a handsome building.

Rover
11-28-2014, 03:11 PM
How is it more boring than the other buildings on that block? It lacks some of the details but fits in nicely. I for one am pleased this developer raised the bar for Bricktown hotel development, whether or not it's an architectural masterpiece.

Budget hotel and this design isn't raising any bar. This is a stick built low rise with through the wall air conditioning and little style. How have they raised any bar?

Rover
11-28-2014, 03:11 PM
Maybe if the city had given them more TIF money we could have the tower in Rover's post. it is a handsome building.

Seriously, you think this is handsome? (By definition "striking" or "georgous"). And I didn't show a tower...it is same number of floors.

Motley
11-28-2014, 03:14 PM
I was referring to the one you posted in your blog. It is handsome compared to the work-a-day Holiday Inn. I appreciate that Holiday Inn built a hotel in brick town, but i agree with you that I wish it were a bit more stylish.

Rover
11-28-2014, 03:20 PM
We spent lots of money with MAPs to jumpstart this area. Shouldn't need as much TIF

soonerguru
11-28-2014, 04:41 PM
Rover really, really, really hates this hotel.

I don't recall you being so upset by the other garbage that got built in Bricktown. Your angst for this property seems a little overboiled.

Rover
11-28-2014, 05:53 PM
Dont hate it...it just isnt special. Very average. But everyone on here seems thrilled.

Spartan
11-28-2014, 06:00 PM
This is an urban hotel, like the Aloft. Rover, is there a hotel under development that you like better than these two?

Rover
11-28-2014, 09:14 PM
I like the Aloft. And no, none currently under construction. Anxious to see designs for the one at Steelyard and the one announced a couple of weeks ago.

Spartan
11-28-2014, 09:28 PM
Agreed, I'm anxious to see that and even more so the Canopy..

Rover
11-28-2014, 09:42 PM
Rover really, really, really hates this hotel.

I don't recall you being so upset by the other garbage that got built in Bricktown. Your angst for this property seems a little overboiled.

You probably need to re read some old posts and my concern for quality of construction, including the use of through the wall hvac. And I only commented here that my opinion of this project is that it isn't as special as others were making it out to be. I don't hate it, but I think we ought to recognize it for what it is. And it's time we expect more.