Executive Summary

Project Description
The OKPOP, to be located in the Tulsa Arts District, is planned to be a multi-story building with approximately 55,000 square feet dedicated to the creative spirit of Oklahoma’s people and the influence of those artists on popular culture around the world. Priorities of the museum will be to collect, preserve, and share the cultural assets of Oklahoma, focusing on the state’s contribution to popular culture. The museum’s permanent collection will include artifacts, archival materials, audio, film, and oral histories that reflect Oklahoma’s influence nationally and internationally. The museum will attract Tulsa, statewide, national, and international visitors.

Design Intent
All aspects of the project, from preliminary design to construction and operations, should be focused on attracting visitors with a primary mission directed toward educating the public through programs, collections, interpretive exhibitions, and special events. The project theme is “Crossroads of Creativity,” which features Oklahoma’s cultural impact on movies, Wild West Shows, radio, television, illustration, literature, and Route 66, all connected to a sense of time and place through the language of music. A stated design goal of the OKPOP Museum is to “create a project that is Smithsonian quality with the energy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

Building Program
The OKPOP Museum will provide interactive exhibits; basic studio/recording/broadcast areas and AV/IT support spaces; administrative office space; basic curatorial, office, storage, and processing spaces; general circulation space; mechanical systems space; education program spaces; small program and performance venue with support spaces; shipping, receiving, gift shop, rooftop restaurant, and security control monitoring spaces.

Sustainable Design
An essential goal is to create a sustainable building design that includes making environmentally conscious decisions, starting with the inception of the building project through the design and development of the site and building. This strategy will begin with energy saving features including an energy conserving building shell and energy efficient building systems and equipment. The benefits of sustainable building design include the creation of a healthier built environment, preservation of valuable resources, and reductions in building operation costs.

The museum will be supported and managed as an operational branch of the Oklahoma Historical Society. Staffing for the OKPOP Museum will be provided under the umbrella of the Oklahoma Historical Society which also will provide museum curatorial planning, collections management oversight, general administrative/financial oversight, and basic operational support.

A project of the Oklahoma Historical Society
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