Oklahoma City’s new convention center is about to get framework
The four-level MAPS 3 convention center should begin rising from the ground this month.
The Oklahoma City city council will vote Tuesday on final foundation upgrades as five months of moving dirt and installing utilities gives way to erecting steel for the city’s largest-ever building project.
“We’ve had several years of not hearing too much about work orders at the convention center, so getting under way is really a great thing,” said Tom McDaniel, who chairs the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board and the board’s convention center subcommittee.
The proposal being considered Tuesday is to spend $824,400 to strengthen the building’s foundation for an additional elevator and enclosure of the loading dock.
the congressman with similar leads. The congressman said in an interview last week that the polling is clear and he is winning.
The congressional race has taken on darker tones in recent weeks. The lone debate contained questions on civility, and the candidates’ answers were sometimes drowned out by a booing and heckling crowd.
Horn has aired attack ads on health care and criticized Russell’s donations from oil and gas companies. Russell’s final television ad, on airwaves now, paints Russell as a pillar of civility in a world of political violence and chaos.
“Ms. Horn continues to run a nasty campaign and be deceitful. But nevertheless, I’m not going to repay in kind,” Russell said last week.
Horn said she believes the race is tightening, with energy and excitement driving high Democratic turnout in the district. She said her criticisms of Russell are easily verifiable.
“All of our hits have been absolutely above the belt,” Horn said.
The Democrat has, for much of her 16-month campaign, attempted to tie Russell to unpopular Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and the state’s shortcomings in areas of health care and education. Republican policies in Washington — tax cuts for corporations, weakening of protections for pre-existing conditions — are a continuation of state policies in Oklahoma, she says.
Russell has shrugged off the comparison and lightly mocked Horn’s discussion of state issues. In an interview last week, he suggested she instead run for a seat in the Oklahoma Legislature, where she can better focus on the state issues she champions.
In their final weeks of campaigning, Horn and Russell have taken different approaches.
The Democratic challenger has focused her public schedule on getout-the-vote events, from a rap concert at Tower Theater to a speech before progressive evangelicals in Wiley Post Park.
Russell’s public appearances have been at industry events — an oil and gas meeting, an aerospace forum, an agriculture luncheon — more in line with his role as a congressman than a candidate.
Democrats believe Horn offers them the best chance of winning a congressional seat in Oklahoma this year, but they are also competing in the four other House races Tuesday.
In the 1st District, the Tulsa-area seat left open by Republican Jim Bridenstine’s ascension to NASA administrator, Democrat Tim Gilpin will face well-funded Republican Kevin Hern.
In the eastern Oklahoma 2nd District, Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, is being opposed by Jason Nichols, the Democratic mayor of Tahlequah, along with Libertarian Richard Castaldo and independent John Foreman.
In the 3rd District, which includes much of western Oklahoma, Republican Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, will take on Democrat Frankie Robbins, whom Lucas defeated overwhelmingly in 2016 and 2014.
In the south-central 4th District, Republican Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, will face Democrat Mary Brannon and independent Ruby Peters.
The nearly $300 million MAPS 3 convention center will open in 2020 at 500 S Robinson Ave. Construction began in June.
Rigs drill piers to a depth of around 45 feet to support the 550,000-square-foot MAPS 3 convention center, being constructed in the 500 block of S Robinson Avenue.
Kendra Horn speaks as U.S Rep. Steve Russell listens during a debate between the two 5th Congressional District candidates last month.