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TAP ARCHITECTURE, founded in downtown Oklahoma City in 1988, provides award winning architectural, interior design, master planning, urban design, landscape architecture, and historic preservation services to a wide variety of corporate, education, residential, healthcare, hospitality, faith-based and public sector clients. The practice has successfully completed hundreds of projects in fifteen states and on three continents. TAP is proud of its culture, which embraces an ethical, visionary and knowledgeable approach to design.



TAP recently took top honors in an international design competition. The award is more affirmation of how Oklahoma City has progressed in planning and developing urban public space and mixed-use properties to spur development and private investment. TAP won the top award for architectural achievement and garnered an award of merit for design of a parking garage with more than 800 spaces at the 2015 International Parking Institute Conference and Expo in Las Vegas.

Situated in the heart of Oklahoma City's Arts District between Walker and Hudson, the 10-story, mixed-use garage helps meet downtown's growing demand for parking, providing 802 additional spaces. The Arts District Garage also provides more than 22,000 square feet of retail and office space. Clarity Coffee and the Oklahoma City's employee medical center are among the first businesses that will call this space home. The Arts District Garage is built to meet future residential development needs of downtown, with The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority maintaining rights to build apartments above the garage.

The unique combination of metal fabric mesh, LED lighting and all white interior reduces the amount of energy necessary to keep the garage bright. Fully-automated gates with automated transaction centers reduce operational costs. Additionally, TAP Architecture implemented several corrosive protection measures to reduce future maintenance costs and increase the service life of the garage.

The garage's art design reflects the style of neighboring buildings including the Civic Center, Oklahoma County Courthouse and City Hall. The brightly-colored, vertical glass panels, which pay homage to the Chihuly sculptures at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, are both eye-catching and pragmatic, helping people identify their parking level according to color.

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