Project 180 Streetscape

Encompassing nearly 8 miles of roadway and over 222 acres of Oklahoma City’s Central Business District, Project 180 is an ambitious public works program transforming a confusing grid of one-way streets without parking or pedestrian amenities into a model for downtown development. Faced with low residential occupancy, falling retail tenancy and a critical report on public accessibility from the Department of Justice, city leaders reinvested the TIF proceeds from the Devon Energy World Headquarters in a comprehensive renovation of downtown public space.

Working with the project steering committee and a number of local design and engineering firms, the Office of James Burnett synthesized a plan to address traffic, security, walkability, open space, medians, mid-block crossings and environmental graphics. The plan eliminates one-way streets, adds over 800 parking spaces and outlines a “Kit of Parts” that uses readily available materials to build a signature look and feel for the downtown core. The streets’ clean aesthetic and functional circulation are attracting new economic development and vitality to the center of the city.

The renovated roadways feature narrowed travel lanes, dedicated bike lanes, accessible parking and improved concrete intersections. Over 2,500 new shade trees, along with high-efficiency LED light fixtures, site furnishings, and underground utilities, are installed in an amenity zone behind the curb. This zone, which buffers the city standard sidewalks from the roadway traffic, features special unit paving for ease of maintenance and access to utilities.

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Team: Murase Associates, Jeff Speck & Associates, Howard-Fairbairn Site Design, Carter Design Group, CLS & Associates LLC, Robert Lewis & Associates, Cardinal Engineering, Coon Engineering, Darr & Collins Consulting Engineers, Guernsey Johnson & Associates, Legacy Engineering, Lemke Land Surveying, MacAurthur Associated Consultants, Myers Engineering, Smith-Roberts Baldischwiler, Tetra Tech Traffic Engineering Consultants, White Engineering

Art: Lifang International