Contractor Selected for OCU Law Downtown Renovation Project

October 9, 2013

Brook Arbeitman
Director of Marketing and Communications
Oklahoma City University School of Law
(405) 208-6300


Contractor Selected for OCU Law Downtown Renovation Project

Anderson & House’s early roots tied to the construction of historic Central High School

(OKLAHOMA CITY – October 9, 2013) – Oklahoma City University and the School of Law are pleased to announce the selection of the commercial contractor for the renovations of the former Central High School building. The bidding process concluded in late September and university officials selected Anderson & House Inc. for the project. Upon completion of the renovations, the historic building located at 8th and Harvey in downtown Oklahoma City will be the home of Oklahoma City University School of Law.

“We are excited to take this important step in achieving our vision,” said Law School Dean Valerie K. Couch. “Transforming this beloved building back into a school is the beginning of our new life downtown. And the selection of a contractor brings with it a renewed energy about the project and the move, not only for us but for our future neighbors and the community as a whole.”

“We were pleased to receive bids and consideration from some of Oklahoma’s most eminent contractors,” said OCU President Robert H. Henry. “In the end, it was fitting the committee selected Anderson & House.”

Anderson & House was founded in 1906 and has constructed some of the regions’ most significant buildings, including several listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Among their noted achievements, the firm was the original builder of Central High School and repaired the building after the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995.

Anderson & House president Chris Wilson was pleased to receive the news from university officials.

“As a company tied to the original construction of this building, we couldn’t be more excited to have our history continue to be intertwined with Central High School,” said Wilson. “When I heard that OCU’s law school was moving to the building, I pursued the renovation project. We are privileged to be part of this project and proud of the role our team will play in bringing new life to the building.”

“I look forward to seeing the renovations restore the building as a center for education,” said Ron Norick, chairman of the board of trustees for Oklahoma City University. “This is the next step in bringing a new level of economic development to our city’s center.”

Anderson & House has a reputation of excellence. With more than a century of experience, the firm is known for its commitment to quality craftsmanship and integrity.

The renovations of the building will begin next month.  The completion of the project is expected to take 12 months, with the law school moving its operations during the holiday break between December 2014 and January 2015.

“We join the rest of Oklahoma City in being excited about the new life our law school’s relocation will bring to this historic building, and our already vibrant midtown and downtown areas,” said President Henry.  “As Churchill said, ‘We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.’  This building has already shaped many lives as a great and historic high school. Lives will be shaped again in its future as a part of Oklahoma City’s University.”

Central High School (originally known as Oklahoma High School), designed by architect Solomon Andrew Layton, was the first high school in Oklahoma City.  Construction on the building was completed in 1912. Layton also designed the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, which was also built by Anderson & House.