Cutting away the past
The current renovation phase of the Cox Business Center arena is sort of like watching someone cut paper with scissors. Only the scissors are on a large crane, and the paper is concrete inside the building.
“It's pretty cool to watch,” said Kerry Painter, the convention center's assistant general manager. “There's all this big machinery there. The crane has these scissors, and they are cutting into the concrete. It's pretty neat.”
The work is part of a two-year, $55 million upgrade of the convention center. The project is being funded through the Vision Tulsa sales-tax
Heavy equipment and scaffolding fill the Cox Business Center Friday. The arena, formerly the home of the Tulsa Oilers ice hockey team and the Tulsa Talons arena football team, is being demolished to create new ballroom and convention space.
Seats are removed as renovations begin on the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa. The project is expected to be completed in August.
A pile of rubble covers the arena floor at the Cox Business Center on Friday. The arena is being demolished to create a 40,000-square-foot ballroom and convention space.