SandRidge Commons

SandRidge Commons

SandRidge Energy chose to establish its new headquarters in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City in a location vacant for decades. We designed a network of buildings and landscapes that activate the economic and cultural map of the city, while balancing company needs and civic engagement.

With Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects. 

AIA Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design | AIA Tri-States Honor Award | AIANY State, Award of Excellence | International Design Awards, Urban Design Bronze Prize | Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award | ASLA Oklahoma Chapter, Honor Award | ASLA Illinois Chapter, Honor Award. Full list of awards
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Multiple buildings and over five acres of new landscapes are woven together with a cohesive vocabulary to create a unified whole. A Pietro Belluschi- designed tower is renovated as the centerpiece of the new civic Commons. It is complemented by the Braniff Building, a US National Register of Historic Places property, which has been given new life with storefront uses and new transparent facades in delicate opposition to the historic masonry building. 

 

The Commons' verdant landscapes and central shade structure are designed to create microclimates, protecting users from harsh summer sun and high street-level winds, extending the seasons for enjoyment. This new ‘outdoor interior’ civic space connects the buildings on the site and enables employees and the community to enjoy native eco-regional landscapes in the city, protected from high street-level winds that discourage outdoor activity.

120 Kerr is the first new building developed for SandRidge Energy’s 10-acre headquarters. It incorporates numerous facilities including indoor and outdoor basketball courts, an auditorium and reception hall, a fitness center and rooftop event space. The building has three frontages on two levels. One public street frontage facing back to the SandRidge Commons, and another on a public park, allowing the building to play a number of roles in the public and private spheres.

A multi-phase project completed between 2013 and 2015, SandRidge Commons offers protected and engaging public spaces, encourages social interaction, and has become an everyday destination for company employees, city residents, and visitors alike. As a thoughtful, community-centered urban design gesture and a significant architectural investment, the entire SandRidge campus is intended to contribute to Oklahoma City’s current resurgence as one of the Midwest’s most desirable places to live, work and play.