Oklahoma Historical Society officials announced the selection of Nabholz Construction as the next step in building the Oklahoma Museum of Pop Culture. Nabholz Construction will construct the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture at 422 North Main Street in Tulsa, across the street from the historic Cain’s Ballroom, home of Bob Wills. Tulsan David Sharp and Interak Corporation donated the quarter block of land for the OKPOP site, estimated to be valued at $1 million.
“The idea for a facility that would collect, preserve, and share the stories of Oklahoma's incredible impact on popular culture began 10 years ago,” said Jeff Moore, Executive Director of OKPOP. “It's very exciting to know that OKPOP will take a giant step forward toward to becoming a reality this year. Nabholz brings many years of experience in construction management and we are looking forward to adding them to the team we've assembled."
Nabholz Construction has almost seventy years experience building schools, hospitals, athletic arenas, global headquarters and world-class museums. In addition to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, other museums in Nabholz’s portfolio include: Scott Family Amazeum, Mid-America Science Museum, Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum’s Lost Kingdom, American Taekwondo Association Global Headquarters & International Museum and Top of the Rock – Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum.
"The entire Nabholz team is humbled and extremely excited to be entrusted with this spectacular opportunity to showcase the rich cultural relevance of Oklahoma,” said Shane Fernandez, President of Southwest Operations for Nabholz. “We are eager to work alongside Jeff Moore, Lilly Architects and Overland Partners to bring the vision and legacy of the Oklahoma Pop Culture Museum to life."
The OKPOP Museum will be dedicated to telling the story of the creativity of Oklahoma’s people and their influence on popular culture around the world. The OKPOP staff is actively collecting artifacts, photographs, archival materials, film, video and audio recordings that represent Oklahoma’s creative history.
OKPOP will break ground early fall of 2018 and open in 2020