With the Innovation District and Capitol Environs Land Use and Strategic Development Plan, led by international architectural firm Perkins + Will, now complete, the Innovation District in Oklahoma City is moving closer to fulfilling the vision to become an even stronger economic development driver for the state.
Johnson & Associates is now leading the infrastructure study to support the land use and strategic development plan, investigating public infrastructure from 30th to 1st Streets, I-235 to Kate and Kelley Avenues. This study will determine the ability of existing roads, sanitary sewers, water lines, and storm drains to support future development as identified by the Plan. Johnson & Associates will also make recommendations on upgrades to infrastructure systems where necessary and provide cost estimates.
According to the Plan, the implementation of the first phase could lead to more than $1 billion in annual additional economic impact, also generating more than $400 million in additional yearly labor income.
The Innovation District was developed to be a destination for companies and organizations who need productive, functioning spaces for their research projects, from bioscience to energy. This phase, in addition to the access to “other powerful minds,” is what Innovation District president and CEO Katy Boren hopes will transform the district into a “destination for the next generation of researchers.” Together with the Oklahoma Capitol Environs, this 1400-acre area represents a significant opportunity to stabilize, revitalize, and develop cohesion throughout eastern Oklahoma City.
Johnson & Associates is honored to be a part of developing this valuable part of Oklahoma City’s future, ensuring its potential is maximized and designed for longevity.