MODA Architecture Signs Contract for OCMAPS Project

OKLAHOMA CITY – Renovations for Oklahoma City’s best example of an Art Deco school are set to begin. Design work for Taft Middle School’s renovation was awarded to MODA Architecture by the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area Public Schools Trust as part of the city’s OCMAPS pro- gram.

Originally built in 1931, the school is on the national historical register. Construction on the project will begin in late 2011.

“Taft was the first school I attended in the United States,” said Omar Khoury, LEED® AP, AIA, MODA project manager. “I am very excited to be able to return to my alma mater and help bring back the beauty that existed when it was first built, as well as preserve an important part of the city’s history.”

Renovations will include converting an indoor swimming pool to teaching space; replacing ceil- ings; addressing ADA issues; auditorium renova- tions; kitchen improvements; as well as updating electrical, telephone and technology systems.

“The project includes a lot of repairs and mod- ernizations,” said Chong Branson, RA, MODA design architect. “However, we are very sensitive

to restoring the beauty of this rare example of Art Deco.”

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