ULI Oklahoma’s Impact Awards are based on the ULI Awards for Excellence, the most highly respected international program of land use awards.  As with the ULI awards for excellence, ULI Oklahoma recognizes projects that exemplify best practices in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities through each project’s contributions to the built environment and the public realm.

Nominations are open to all, not just ULI members. The finalists represent those projects and initiatives that were determined to best promote the creation of resilient communities, intelligent densification and urbanization, as well as outstanding quality of design and construction.


2021 ULI Oklahoma Impact Award Winner for BOUTIQUE DEVELOPMENT
Constructed in 1963, Classen Inn was the last remaining pre-1970 urban core motel. The motel was restored to honor its original Googie architecture style, even recreating the original sign with neon sphere on top. Classen Inn has all the charm of a vintage motor inn with elevated design details that evoke the luxurious fun of a modern stay. Each room was meticulously decorated into an Instagram-worthy space, providing a fun and aesthetically beautiful option that commemorates the Route 66 era. The Classen Inn restoration includes 17 individual rooms, an office, and a superette. The landmark, restored to its current glory, adds a sense of place and vibrancy to the surrounding Classen corridor community. The Project team includes Mason Realty Investors and Aimee Ahpeatone, Gardner Architects, Modus Construction, and Beth Jansen Design.

Building Area: 4,974 SF | Investment: $2,100,000 | Instagram: @classeninnokc


2021 ULI Oklahoma Impact Award Winner for PHILANTHROPIC VISION
Camp Trivera is Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma’s one-of-a-kind urban STEM Camp. The camp is located in northeast Oklahoma City on a 19-acre site across from the Oklahoma City Zoo. Opened in September 2020, Camp Trivera leads the nation with an unprecedented range of programs and innovative facilities. A two-story Lodge is the camp’s centerpiece, providing the indoor resources for year-round programs. The Lodge features large bunk rooms, a Great Hall, and a STEM laboratory. Girl-led activities are the secret sauce of Girl Scouts. Camp Trivera was built with this idea in mind, actively involving girls at every step of the development process. The girls participated in vision casting and even worked with the design team to choose the bunk room themes. The unique property includes a range of stay options including 60 interior beds, 3 outdoor tree houses, and campsites with room for 8 tents. Other key features are hammock sleeping porches for overnight stays, an interactive Wall of Women that connects campers with women STEM professionals worldwide, a 200-seat amphitheater, a rock-climbing wall, and a zipline across Zoo Lake. Located on 42 acres of undeveloped parkland bordered by the Zoo Lake, the camp is ideal for hiking, camping, and canoeing, as well as the study of plant and animal ecologies. Because of its unique design, and unlike traditional camps, Camp Trivera operates year-round and is available to the community for use 50% of the time. Camp Trivera was intentionally designed, not just with Girl Scouts in mind, but also for the greater community. The Project team includes Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma, Rees Architects, Lingo Construction, Cooper Project Advisors, and Steve Mason.

Investment: $12,687,000 | Instagram: @GSWESTOK | Website:


2021 ULI Oklahoma Impact DISTINGUISHED MERIT Award Winner
Constructed from 1914 to 1917, the Oklahoma State Capitol was one of the most significant architectural achievements in Oklahoma’s short history as a state. However, at the turn of the 21st century, the capitol was showing its age. In 2013, Preservation Oklahoma added the building to its Most Endangered Places report. The plumbing and electrical systems were failing, and water infiltration was common. The exterior limestone and granite cladding were crumbling, and hazardous materials were common throughout the Capitol. Since 2014, the restoration project has modernized the building’s infrastructure systems and improved the function and layout while maintaining the historic integrity. The plaster ceilings and marble floors have been repaired and restored and areas not previously compliant with modern building codes have been brought up to date. During the restoration, over 400 tons of asbestos-containing material has been removed from the building. Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Acts has been a priority to make the building accessible to all Oklahomans. On the exterior, over 4,600 stone repairs have been completed and 21 miles of mortar joints were repointed. All 477 original steel windows were repaired, and ornate exterior light fixtures were restored. The steel pocket doors and cast-iron ornamentation on the south portico were painstakingly restored and the structures for the exterior staircases and battlements were completely rebuilt. Finally, the underground tunnel linking the Capitol to a parking lot across Lincoln Boulevard was unearthed and new waterproofing was added to prevent water infiltration. As part of the first comprehensive restoration of the building in its 103-year history, a new $5,000,000 entrance has been constructed to provide a true “front door” experience for those visiting the building. Oklahomans can be proud of the work being done to bring dignity and functionality back to the People’s House. The Project team includes the State of Oklahoma, FSB and Manhattan Construction (interior restoration), ADG, Treanor HL, and JE Dunn Construction (exterior restoration), Mass Architects, Trait Thompson, and Steve Mason.

Building Area: 450,000 SF | Investment: $280,000,000 | Instagram: @okcapitolrestoration