TU Helmerich Center for American Research
The 25,000-square-foot facility houses the Gilcrease Library and Archive containing nearly 100,000 rare books, documents, maps and unpublished works. The original master plan had the Helmerich Center and Gilcrease Museum separated, and the only way to transport artwork from one building to the other was via conditioned trucks on the property. Key Construction was used as a design-build contractor to create and construct an underground tunnel, referred to as “The Link,” but officially named the Groendyke Gallery. The unique design included placing sod and parking lots over the roof of the four-sided, 360-foot long concrete tunnel so that from the parking lot view, no one really knows there is an underground connection between the two.
“This is an acknowledgment of the highest degree of workmanship, craftsmanship and performance for the construction of a building at the University of Tulsa. For perspective, the University has built many award-winning buildings, but this one is the best.”Bob Shipley, Associate Vice President of Physical Plant Operations, The University of Tulsa
“Working with many different contractors throughout this project, I feel that the service and communication received with the group I dealt with were above and beyond the regular standards set forth for most contractors. Any issues or complaints were handled quickly without repeated requests; their subcontractors were monitored as needed, and the level of communication was excellent throughout the project and to date.”Dee Ann Randall, CBRE
“Key Construction was more than a ‘general contractor.’ They were a partner and an ally to the owner and design team.”Keven Magness, Tulsa Office Director, Hastings+Chivetta Architects
“All construction managers are not equal in their commitment to quality, knowledge of construction, and customer service. Key Construction’s philosophy on construction and commitment to honesty ensures project success and separates them from the rest of their competitors. We are grateful for the opportunities we have had to work with Key and wholeheartedly recommend them.”Ben McGregor, Basden Steel
“In our opinion, the resulting building and grounds are magnificent examples of what can be achieved with the type of dedication, attention-to-detail, teamwork and a high degree of professionalism that is Key Construction.”Ed Tinker, City Manager, City of Glenpool, OK
“Key Construction continually exceeds our expectations and has proven to be a very valuable ally in the ever-changing environment of commercial development and construction.”Dave Burk, MarketPlace Properties
“We have worked with numerous general contractors in the past, but Key Construction proves to be the best choice.”Jonathan Braxton, Principal, Braxton Development
“In addition to the value engineering that was performed after the bidding, your project management team has continued to value engineer our project to realize additional cost savings without sacrificing the design… We look forward to working with Key Construction on our future projects, and we will gladly recommend your company to others as well.”Mojy Haddad, President, Oakhollow Group, Ltd.
“The quality of work evidenced in the completed Wells Building, the scheduling of its construction and coordination of its subcontracted trades has given us great respect for the professional capability of Key Construction.”Mike Sikes, Sikes Abernathie Architects
“Key Construction is highly organized and has done an outstanding job at supervising the construction. Duties such as conducting construction meetings, meeting documentation, coordination of submittals and scheduling have exceeded our expectations. The fruits of Key’s labor will have a positive influence in the city of Claremore for generations to come.”Lisa Quinnelly, KKT