SandRidge Commons

CompanyROGERSPARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers
Lead DesignerRobert M. Rogers, FAIA
ClientAaron Young
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Prize(s)3rd Place in Architecture Categories / Urban Design
Entry Description

SandRidge Energy chose to establish a new corporate
headquarters in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City in a
location vacant for decades. That decision required a plan
to balance company needs and civic engagement while
encouraging and supporting the resurgence of the urban

In response, SandRidge Commons challenges the notion that
high profile projects must press singular archetypal form.
Rather than simply altering the skyline this project proposes
a network of buildings and landscapes that activate the
economic and cultural map of the city.

The first phase of the project opened in June 2013 and
includes the renovation of a Pietro Belluschi designed tower
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 active storefront uses and a new presence through
transparent facades in delicate opposition to the historic
masonry building. The Commons verdant native landscapes
and central shade structure are designed to create
microclimates, protecting employees and the greater
community alike from harsh summer sun and high street-
level winds, extending the seasons for enjoyment.

With the opening of the first phase, adjacent properties have
seen new leasing activity. Some properties are now
planning or have begun renovations for new downtown
housing, hotels and offices. The second phase, now in
construction, includes a new office building for continued
growth alongside a redesigned and expanded city park.

‘Commons’ have been an important urban spatial type since
the founding of American colonial cities. SandRidge
Commons draws from that history of placemaking to
contribute an inviting center for people and a catalytic
strategy to help grow the city's core.



As these expansions test the capacity of global resources and human achievement, our cultural future requires a super-combination of performance, beauty, social progressiveness and environmental responsibility. We are researchers, critics and producers of potent ideas that advance humanity through design, form and infrastructure. We focus on the city in all its aspects; we are a cross-disciplinary catalyst.

Rogers Partners includes architects, urban designers and landscape architects with a breadth of experience in commissions of varying types and sizes. Our projects have won more than 60 design and industry awards from peer and client groups and have been included in prestigious exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and frequent publications.

Some of our current projects include the redesign of Constitution Gardens and Pavilion on the National Mall in Washington DC, a K-8 charter school for John Hopkins School of Education on four blocks in inner city Baltimore, the new headquarters for international advertising superstar Droga5 in New York’s financial district, a corporate campus in downtown Oklahoma City for SandRidge Energy, the expansion of the Trinity School in New York City and the new cogeneration plant for Syracuse University.