Cut­ting away the past

Tulsa World - - Metro&region - By Michael Dekker

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

MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World

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.

MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World

Seats are re­moved as ren­o­va­tions be­gin on the Cox Busi­ness Cen­ter in down­town Tulsa. The project is ex­pected to be com­pleted in Au­gust.

MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World

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.

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