One of Oklahoma City’s largest law firms is set to anchor a five-story mixed-use building to be constructed in the heart of Midtown.
Phillips Murrah will occupy the top three floors of the building, which will be along NW 10, west of Hudson Avenue and across from Fassler Hall. Restaurants and shops are planned for the first two floors.
The 110-employee company has been based in Corporate Tower since 2006. During that time, Midtown has grown from a run-down medical hallway to a thriving mix of housing, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment.
“While we really like the building we’re in right now, we wanted to do something a little different,” said Tom Wolfe, managing partner at Phillips Murrah. “Midtown seems like such a vibrant and growing place. We felt it was a good place for our lawyers and staff. Much of the driving force behind the decision to move was driven by some of the younger people in our business. »
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The company was also considering making significant changes to its current space, Wolfe said.
“We’re getting a fresh start that way,” Wolfe said. “What worked 20 years ago doesn’t work as well today.”
The planned project provides parking
The 80,000 square foot building is part of a Midtown Renaissance development that will also include a parking garage for tenants and area visitors.
Chris Fleming, a Midtown Renaissance partner, said the garage is designed to fit the district’s approach to “shared parking” to make the most of the parking supply.
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“As we look at shared and complementary parking uses, you may have the anchor tenant and other office tenants joining them and being primary day parking users,” Fleming said. “Other users in the neighborhood may not have peak demand during the day but in the evening.”
Ease of parking for visitors and the building’s proximity to the Oklahoma City Light Rail that runs along NW 10 were cited by Wolfe as additional reasons for the move.
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“Phillips Murrah is continually refining its business model to address innovative new ways of doing business, and this relocation project is the latest example of that,” Wolfe said. “The space will reflect the culture of the company while being more convenient for customers.”
Architect Brian Fitzsimmons’ design features wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows and a large interior and exterior open space. The interior plan includes modern co-working spaces and social common areas to accommodate attorneys who wish to work partially from home and those traveling from the firm’s Dallas office. A rooftop patio will open up to where a restaurant will crown the east end of the building.
“This building design is further influenced to be sensitive to the context of its neighborhood by using masonry materials on the lower levels to complement the smaller-scale masonry buildings of Midtown, while also providing a cohesive smaller-scale colonnade. improving the pedestrian experience,” Fitzsimmons said. “The top three floors that will become Phillips Murrah’s offices step forward and stand out from the context, reflecting the company’s progressive and innovative culture.”
The new building is the third recently announced for Midtown
The Phillips Murrah Building is one of three recently announced office developments in Midtown. Bond Payne, managing partner of JRB Citizen, told The Oklahoman in April that he would build a 12-story office building with retail on the first floor at NW 5 and Robinson Avenue. He said the building is 75% pre-let and construction will begin this fall and be completed in early 2025.
The Pivot Project, meanwhile, has announced that it will begin construction this summer on a four-story office building at NW 11 and Hudson Avenue, slated for completion by the end of 2023.
Developer Clay Farha recently razed EMSA’s former headquarters at 1111 Classen Drive, across from the Plaza Court Building. This block is planned to be transformed into a four-storey, 60-unit apartment building with retail on the first floor.
Site work is also underway at 1305 Classen Drive, where Grant Willoughby and John Ridley are building The Spanaird, a three-story, 27-unit apartment complex across from the former Villa Teresa Schoolhouse, which is in the process of being built. to be turned into a hotel by promoter Marva Ellard.
Fleming and his partners, Bob Howard and Mickey Clagg, redeveloped 30 older buildings in Midtown, from when the downtown neighborhood was in decline and St. Anthony’s Hospital considered abandoning its historic home for move to the suburbs.
Over the next 20 years, the partnership has expanded its efforts to also include new construction of apartments, offices, retail and entertainment. Fleming said the current wave of development represents the start of a new era for Midtown where infill replaces a scattering of long-standing empty land.
“Forward-looking businesses like Phillips Murrah choose to locate in Midtown because they want to engage with the community and office in a unique, well-designed space in a vibrant, walkable neighborhood full of restaurants. award-winning properties, desirable housing options, and unique retail experiences,” said Fleming. “Phillips Murrah will reinforce Midtown’s already exciting energy and help spur the neighborhood’s future growth.”