The City of Tulsa named the architects for the $5 million remodel project for the Greenwood Cultural Center.
The city is spending money to make some immediate, quick improvements before the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, but the long-term plan is a total renovation of the inside.
A renovation of the Greenwood Cultural will begin with designs from the architects named to lead the project. The City of Tulsa announced the choice of Moody Nolan, of Nashville, and JCJ of Tulsa, as joint architects on the $5.3 million project.
The money comes from the Improve Our Tulsa bond issue approved by voters in 2019. Some money is already being spent on quick improvements in advance of the Race Massacre Centennial.
The long-term plan is a total renovation of the building, which was built in phases with an atrium, exhibit space and auditorium large enough to hold 2,000 people. It is regularly used for large events.
The two firms will develop plans for the building that will include improvements to the kitchen and auditorium to make it more flexible for other uses.
According to the City of Tulsa, which owns the building, the Mayor finalized the selection of Nolan on the recommendation of the GCC Board.
Nolan was selected as the 2021 Architecture Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects. The firm has a substantial portfolio of improvements made to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and public buildings throughout the United States.