Expo Square dedicated the new Golden Driller Plaza in September. The project began in March 2021, with an overall cost of $3.4 million, and was funded by Vision Tulsa, Tulsa County and Expo Square.
The significant modifications include moving the main drive lanes to provide a more efficient ingress and egress to the building and welcoming entrance. These improvements focus on creating a safe event environment for guests visiting the facility.
Ron Peters, TCPFA Board Chair and Tulsa County Commissioner, said, “We are very pleased with this opportunity to update the Golden Driller Plaza. One of our main goals with this project is to improve the flow of traffic around the Plaza entrance, while increasing pedestrian safety. The updates will also improve informative signage for visitors and complement the other improvements we have made with Vision Tulsa funding.”
“The Historic Golden Driller is a Tulsa icon, we are so excited to finally be updating the area around him. This park-like setting will enhance the experience for all who enter our facilities, as well as the many visitors who capture their souvenir photo with the icon,” said Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith.
In addition to welcoming guests to the new plaza, Expo Square will also be highlighting its new naming rights partner by unveiling the SageNet Center signage. The long-term agreement will focus on increasing brand awareness for SageNet, the Tulsa-based managed services provider specializing in connectivity, cybersecurity and digital signage solutions.
According to SageNet founder and Expo Square board member Daryl Woodard, the partnership is a win-win situation.
“The Expo Square is a remarkable facility and one of our area’s premier event centers, annually drawing high-profile events and visitors from across the nation,” said Woodard. “In securing the naming rights, SageNet will be investing in this regional gem, helping to fund renovations and operations for this important cornerstone to the county’s economic development and tourism initiatives. We also feel that associating the Expo Square with a locally owned, high-technology company helps further position Tulsa as a place looking toward the future, while grounded in tradition.
With a three-decade track record in managed services, SageNet boasts a long-term customer base that includes the nation’s largest retail, financial, healthcare, utilities and energy organizations. Headquartered in Tulsa, SageNet also has regional offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago and Toronto.
“At SageNet we are passionate about Trusted Connections, and this is a perfect example of how we continue seeking ways to create lasting relationships with our customers, our associates and the communities in which we live and work,” added Brad Wise, SageNet’s CEO. “As an added bonus, the new SageNet Center will provide us high-profile regional exposure. We have plans to incorporate and showcase some of our advanced technologies, such as our SageVIEWTM digital signage offerings.”
It is an exciting time at Expo Square, with the collaborative team of GH2 Architects, Crossland Construction, Planning Design Group and Cyntergy, working hard to finish the Plaza Project prior to the Tulsa State Fair.
Tulsa County Commissioner Stan Sallee said, “This is our front door, and we want to showcase Expo Square by making an excellent first impression. This project does just that, while improving the safety and convenience of guests attending our events. We consistently strive to improve Expo Square, positioning the facility to attract and retain events for Tulsa County.”
Expo Square has a steady emphasis on progress and construction, catapulted by the dynamic needs of clients and events. The goal is to never have a finish line, and always position Expo Square to be an economic engine for Tulsa County.