BROOKINGS + PROJECT for PUBLIC SPACES STUDY CONCLUSION:
...strengthen connections between the Health Center and Automobile Alley via new landscaping, lighting and other pedestrian improvements on NE 10th and NE 13th Streets and on the bridges over Interstate 235, and by new development along 10th Street...
OKC INNOVATION LINK
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
On April 18, 2017, the Brookings Institute and the Project for Public Spaces released the findings of their 18-month study on whether the area east of I-235 could support an Innovation District. The area is defined as Lottie to Robinson and 4th to 13th streets and is home to the Oklahoma Health Center, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma Blood Institute, Oklahoma School for Science and Mathematics and the BHGE Energy Innovation Center of North America, among others. The study recommends four strategies that could "propel the region into global prominence..." Among the recommendations, the study found there was a need to create a denser, more active, and better connected mixed-use urban environment in and around the Innovation District.
SMALLER CAP = SMALLER PRICE TAG
For the past two years, MILES ASSOCIATES has been presenting our design for a cap over I-235 (OKC Innovation Link) that would link the Health Sciences Center to Automobile Alley and Downtown. We have received positive feedback from everyone who has seen the concept. The usual question is: How will it be funded?
BROOKINGS INSTITUTE | April 2017
STEVE LACKMEYER, NEWSOK | April 2017
STEVE LACKMEYER, NEWSOK | December 2016
STEVE LACKMEYER, NEWSOK | September 2016
STEVE LACKMEYER, NEWSOK | August 2016
As much as we like the idea of a larger green space over the interstate, that also means a higher price tag. As we began fine-tuning our initial concept during our Phase I Study, we compressed the layout of the cap, also reducing the cost. However, we were able to maintain the key design features that build community and connectivity even with the smaller footprint. We believe the OKC Innovation Link will answer the Brookings Institute's call for strengthened connections, enhance placemaking, and a more active urban environment surrounding the Innovation District.