Owasso City Hall Completes $2.6 Million Renovation
By EMILY RAMSEY
FORMER BANK: After a $2.6 million renovation, the former First Bank of Owasso building at 200 S. Main St. was ready for the City of Owasso to move in. City officials held an open house of the new City Hall on Nov. 18.
EMILY RAMSEY for GTR Newspapers
On Nov. 18, the City of Owasso held an open house for its new City Hall building at 200 S. Main St., former location of the First Bank of Owasso.
During the open house, City Manager Warren Lehr thanked D.M. and Phyllis Sokolosky for their commitment to the community and presented them with framed momentos. The Sokoloskys opened the First Bank of Owasso building at 76th Street North and Main Street in the 1960s.
Pamela Holt was also recognized with a character certificate for generosity for her efforts in helping to decorate City Hall.
The 26,000-square-foot building underwent a $2.6 million renovation by Nabholz Corporation.
The renovation required demolition of old bank vaults and doors and teller and drive-through banking areas and equipment. However, some features of the original building were able to be salvaged, including millwork, trim, partitions, and doors, all made from beautiful red oak, that was reused throughout city hall.
New building features include an energy management system, featuring a generator with an automatic transfer switch to keep city hall running in the event of a disaster, and a -rated door installed on one of the existing vaults to provide shelter for city employees during severe weather.
Owasso City Hall recently received the Green Place award for government programs from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and the 2016 Excellence in Construction award for Best Renovation for a project costing between $2-10 million, awarded by the Association of Builders and Contractors.
Owasso City Hall houses the City Administration, Legal, Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance, Economic Development, Community Development, Strong Neighborhoods, and Recreation and Culture departments.