The new $10.5 million, two-story headquarters of the Catholic Charities of Oklahoma is spectacular in design and construction as well as in its 100+ years mission of helping Oklahomans in need. The new 33,860 sq.ft. facility, designed by Mass Architects, reflects the commitment of the church, the community, businesses and caring Oklahomans who came together to make sure the work of this organization continues long into the future. It was funded by a major capital campaign led by co-chairs Judy Love, OKC philanthropist, and Bob Ross, President of the Inasmuch Foundation.
Catholic Charities of Oklahoma
Anderson and House
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Roppe safety treads, risers and rubber tile in the stairwell.
Anderson & House was the general contractor. Bentley Flooring installed the carpet tile, wood floors, and ceramic in the bathrooms, as well as the LVT loose lay tile that looks like concrete in the lobby. Although not as noticeable as the other flooring features, Bentley also installed the Roppe safety treads, risers and rubber tile in the stairwell.
One of the special design elements of the project is the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Chapel, named for Mother Teresa. It was funded by the Archidiocese of Oklahoma. The chapel extends above and over the lower floor, symbolizing that the role of the Church is broader and higher than that of the organization. Light streaming in from tall windows highlights the warmth of the wood floors and pews. The facility also features a community-use conference center sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation and warehouse space that can be converted to office space as needed.
Another design feature that highlights the charity's theological roots is the cross-beams on the northwest corner of the building. The crossed beams evoke the shape of the cross, especially when lit at night. Catholic Charities of Oklahoma assists approximately 18,000 Oklahomans annually, 90 percent of whom are not Catholic.