Architectural Firm Receives Award

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The American Indian Cultural Center
Downtown Oklahoma City
Wantland Stadium at the University of Central Oklahoma

The American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter held its awards luncheon at the Will Rogers Theater. The 2011 AIA Central Oklahoma Honor Awards recognizes individuals and firms both within the profession and outside the profession, who merit recognition for their accomplishments on behalf of the architectural profession.

This year’s event was emceed by Ron Frantz, Jr., AIA.  Dr. Tom J. McDaniel, former President and current Chancellor of Oklahoma City University and Chair the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Maps III projects, served as the Keynote Speaker.

Locally based Edmond firm, Hornbeek-Blatt Architects, was awarded the Soloman Andrew Layton – Firm of the Year. The award is given to an architectural/engineering firm or individual practitioner, which has distinguished itself over the past five years to the betterment of the profession and community through leadership, vision and design.

Solomon Andrew Layton (1864-1943), the most noted architect of early day Oklahoma City, created designs for many of the States’ most notable structures including buildings that still remain today; the Braniff Building, the Medical Arts Building, the Skirvin Hotel and the Oklahoma State Capitol Building, one of his outstanding works. His efforts in creating lasting architecture for the community best exemplify the qualities of his award.

Hornbeek-Blatt, an Edmond based Architecture – Interiors – Planning firm with a staff of seven including three licensed architects and one interior designer, has also been honored with the following awards:

2002 Small Business of the Year – Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce

2004 Build Oklahoma Award – The MAC at Mitch Park – AGC

2005 Build Oklahoma Award – “Crosstimbers” Public Works Municipal Complex – AGC

2006 Best Overall Design – Central Oklahoma Homebuilder’s Parade of Homes

2006 AIA National Honor Award for Next LA – AICC&M – National AIA Convention Los Angeles, CA.

2007 Build Oklahoma Award – Oklahoma City Community Foundation – AGC

2008 Build Oklahoma Award – Perimeter Tech – AGC

2009 Build Oklahoma Award – Visitor’s Center – American Indian Cultural Center & Museum

2010 Award of Excellence – 1015 North Broadway, OKC – Oklahoma Historical Society

2010 AIA Citation Award for Historical Preservation – COCAIA – 1007 North Broadway, OKC

2011 Award of Excellence – 1007 North Broadway, OKC – Oklahoma Historical Society

Projects that Hornbeek-Blatt Architects have designed throughout the country range from resort hotels and golf course clubhouses, specialized cultural centers and museums, performance halls, sports arenas and stadiums, higher educational facilities, multi-purpose facilities, and public service centers.

Their experience also includes master planned gated communities, land planning for international golf courses and master planning of commercial and luxury residential housing projects around golf courses and boutique shopping centers. They also have a passion for unique, very specialized one-of-a-kind residences they design and build for exclusive clients.

Hornbeek-Blatt Architects has also provided pro bono architectural work  for Pepper’s Ranch, a long-term residential care facility providing quality, planned care for abused and neglected children. They have provided the plans for the third and fourth home which was redesigned.  The firm also provided the plans for the following facilities at Pepper’s Ranch:

The McClendon Equestrian Barn (Completed – 2006)

The Multi-Purpose Facility (Completed – 2010)

An Independent Living Unit (not yet under construction)

Hornbeek-Blatt Architects are also responsible for the design and construction documents for the following projects, where all the architectural services were donated:

Cleveland Neighborhood Gazebo at Venice Boulevard

Oklahoma State Methodist Conference Blitz House – built in one week, similar to Habitat for Humanity

Children’s Tree House and Play Yard for VUMC

Sanctuary, Altar and Choir Loft Remodel at VUMC

Faith Bible Church – Logan County

Interior Design services for First City Building – City of Edmond

Hornbeek-Blatt Architects currently heads a team of twelve different international consultants as the co-prime architects for the proposed American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, located on the SW corner at the intersection of I-35 and I-40.  Projects currently under construction include  the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum and the Variety Healthcare Administration Building. Other projects that have been designed by the firm are the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Perimeter Center Data Center, the expansion of UCO Stadium, the MAC at Mitch Park, Citizen’s Bank of Edmond and the UCO Jazz Lab.

After designing and building the UCO Jazz Lab, Hornbeek created and remains today the driving force in Tres Amigos Productions, a non-profit organization established to guarantee artist’s performance contracts and to bring in national headline performers to this unique venue.

Each member of Tres Amigos donates their time, talent and services to the non-profit.  If a profit is made at the end of a season, all the money is given back to UCO. The facility currently functions as a classroom Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It also offers a recording studio, offices and individual student practice areas plus, it provides a state of the art performance venue for students, teachers, and local groups every weekend.

When you walk in to the venue, every poster hanging on the wall represents an artist and 30 different concerts produced by Tres Amigos.  Artists that have performed at the UCO Jazz Lab, as a Tres Amigos concert production, include Jerry Jeff Walker, Kenny Rankin, Diane Schuur, Steve Tyrell, Jane Monheit, Guy Clark, Christopher Cross, Karla Bonoff, Karrin Allyson, Peter Cincotti, Chick Corea, Judy Collins, Chris Botti, George Winston, David Wilcox, Stacey Kent, Tierney Sutton, John Pizzarelli and Boz Scaggs.  And, every concert since 2003 has sold out.

In September 2008, at the unveiling of the Walk of Stars, a tribute to the nationally famous artists that have performed at the Jazz Lab, Tres Amigos fully endowed the first annual scholarship for a music student in the UCO jazz program. Last year, Tres Amigos raised almost $5,000 to send the UCO’s number one jazz ensemble to Europe to participate in the oldest jazz festival.

Hornbeek-Blatt Architects also corporately sponsors the Edmond Blues and Jazz Festival held every Memorial Day weekend at Stephenson Park.


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