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facility houses the Gilcrease Library and Archive containing nearly 100,000 rare books, documents, maps and unpublished works.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.
“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
“The Key Construction team worked with the University to develop realistic budgets, construction schedules, and quality construction designs. Key finished the projects on time and within or under budget.”Tom Volturo, Executive Vice President for Administration & Finance, Rogers State University
“We have worked with numerous general contractors in the past, but Key Construction proves to be the best choice.”Jonathan Braxton, Principal, Braxton Development
“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
“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
“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
“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
“Our relationship with Key Construction is one of reliance on a trustworthy organization. We value their relationship and continue to look to them as a team member whenever possible. Key is one of the best in the construction arena that I have collaborated with in my 36 years in the profession.”LaVerne Hanson, Jr., MetroPlains, LLC
“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.