OJB is excited to share construction photographs from the first phase of construction at Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City, OK.

Opened in 1988, the 15-acre Myriad Botanical Gardens is an integral component in the downtown fabric of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Funded by TIF district proceeds related to the construction of the adjacent Devon Energy World Headquarters, the City of Oklahoma City hired the Office of James Burnett to develop a design that improves pedestrian circulation, increases visibility and provides additional areas for programmed activity while respecting the many specimen trees on site.

Arriving at the newly-renovated Crystal Bridge tropical conservatory, visitors to the park meander through a variety of specialty botanical gardens before grabbing a coffee at the cafe, enjoying a meal at the restaurant or watching a performance on the great lawn. New public promenades and a series of flexible garden spaces support the expanded program of Oklahoma City’s annual Festival of the Arts. An expansive children’s garden, a dog park and art installations throughout the park ensure that the gardens offer something for everyone.

Visitors entering the site move through a richly planted entry drive before arriving at the Center’s formal auto court. At the rear of the building, twin reflection basins flank the formal plaza that overlooks the function lawn and desert gardens beyond. A sweeping promenade leads visitors past a maze garden, reflection garden and interpretive paths through the native landscape.

The first phase of construction includes demolition, earthwork and tree transplanting and is due to be complete July 12. Contract award for the second phase of construction is currently underway and the project anticipates substantial completion on April 1, 2011 in time for the Festival of the Arts.