OKC Innovation District at the Heart of a Next-Level Development
The spark ignited by the Oklahoma City Innovation District just intensified, with the announcement of a 400,000+ sq. ft building development plan in the District’s core with construction set to begin in late 2021.
Commercial real estate developers Mark Beffort, Robinson Park Investments, Richard Tanenbaum and Gardner Tanenbaum collaborated to develop the complex. As of Tuesday, Dec. 22, they secured 2.7 acres of land near NE 8th St. and I-235 for the build out, which will feature shared technology for 3D imgaging and printing, biomedical research, laboratories, office space, a hotel, retail space, an open-air public realm and the proposed MAPS 4 funded Innovation Hall.
“The Innovation District is designed to be an epicenter for collaboration, innovation, opportunity and economic growth. We convene divergent industries to create opportunities for next-level innovation. Researchers, entrepreneurs and big-thinkers all converge here in a collaborative environment. This state-of-the-art development positions our city as a leading competitor for new companies, jobs and talent in a global economy,” Katy Evans Boren, the Innovation District CEO, said.
The new development’s design is laid out with a focus on creating an ecosystem that promotes collaboration across the state’s key industries: energy, aviation, aerospace and bioscience, and it has the support and involvement of some of the District’s most influential leaders, including the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) and Wheeler Labs.
It is truly an exciting time here in the Oklahoma City Innovation District as we turn the calendar to 2021. We invite you to connect and become a part of the District and the vibrant programming, events and initiatives we have on the horizon.
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