OKLAHOMA CITY, January 30, 2019 – In response to an RFP issued by the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority (OCURA), the Oklahoma Humane Society has proposed the campus of their dreams.
“The opportunity to submit a proposal to OCURA that embodies the Oklahoma City community’s commitment to the compassionate and respectful treatment of animals and also symbolizes the energy of this city, is incredibly exciting,” said OK Humane President and CEO, Dana McCrory.
The Oklahoma Humane Society — now rebranded as OK Humane — is a 501 (c)(3), not-for-profit and was founded in 2007 to end the needless euthanasia of adoptable animals and to create a more compassionate community in Oklahoma City. During their 12-year existence, OK Humane has proven itself as the leader in combatting pet overpopulation in Oklahoma City by providing more than 155,000 animals with a better quality of life and offering first-class services to the community.
Currently OK Humane operates a purely foster-based program, the new campus allows a more substantial impact on animal welfare in Oklahoma City and beyond. When complete, the proposed campus would include approximately 35,000 square feet of space dedicated to innovative delivery of animal welfare, educational, and community services.
“The new OK Humane Campus will not only provide a larger and healthier environment for the animals in our care but will also significantly improve the experience of adopters, volunteers, and our community,” said McCrory. In addition to providing a space to care for animals, the facility would position OK Humane to serve as a resource of best practice information for regional animal welfare organizations, innovative children’s programs, educational programs for all ages, and a unique space for human-animal interaction and community events.
The dynamic building, designed by Butzer Architects and Urbanism, with input from Animal Arts, is accented with tones of green panels as homage to the adjacent Scissortail Park. The “floppy ear” entrances offer a whimsical tribute to the functions of OK Humane Campus inside while also beckoning to nearby Skydance Bridge. Positive pedestrian experiences shape the design of the OK Humane Campus proposal.
There is much work to be accomplished to move this project from concept to reality, and the first step is this competitive proposal process. If OK Humane is selected as the conditional developer, there is a community committed to seeing the dream become reality.