Tulsa Tech Breaks Ground on New Health Building

GROUP EFFORT: Tulsa Technology Center faculty, administrators and other dignitaries used 60 shovels to break ground on what is to become the site for the new Health Building at the Lemley Campus, 3420 S. Memorial Dr.

Courtesy Tulsa Technology Center

Tulsa Technology Center (TTC) recently broke ground on a new Health Building at the Lemley Campus, 3420 S. Memorial Dr.
The Health Building will combine most of TTC’s health-related classes under one roof. The three-story building will anchor Memorial Drive and stretch over parts of the former Quinn Chrysler auto dealership. At more than 179,000 square feet, the footprint of the building will be larger than a football field, including end zones.

Over 60 shovels were used by faculty, administrators and dignitaries to mark the start of construction, expected to take around 18 months. When completed, the building will house 31 classrooms and 16 labs. It is the first building constructed as part of a master plan to replace outdated facilities over the next 10 years.

“This will be the signature building on our Lemley campus,” said Dr. Gene Callahan, superintendent. “The metropolitan Tulsa area is undergoing a renaissance of new building construction. We are excited about building a new state-of-the-art training facility that will be dedicated to preparing the skilled technicians needed in the healthcare field.”

Sparks Architecture, Engineering and Interiors served as the project architect with engineering provided by Wallace and construction management by Flintco Companies, Inc. Construction budget for the project is set at $31.5 million.

The building was designed to show the school’s shift from a vocational to a more academic setting, with a heavy focus on technology. Laboratories will simulate real-world health clinics, including laboratories for nursing, forensics, biology and anatomy, dental, surgical and radiology suites, and two CPR labs. There are six mock operating rooms and one surgical demonstration room.

The groundbreaking ceremony was recognized as an official State of Oklahoma Centennial event.

Updated 08-22-2006

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