The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 8, 2013

Non-Profit Center recognized by Oklahoma Main Street

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The Non-Profit Center in Enid was a winner of a recent Oklahoma Main Street Award.

The Non-Profit Center received the award for best adaptive reuse project in the economic restructuring division. The center also was among the top three entries in best building/ business signage. Enid also was named one of the top 10 Main Street communities. The awards were presented Tuesday at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Community Development Support Association remodeled the old Newman’s Department Store into The Non-Profit Center, providing office space and other services for nonprofit organizations. The building includes a meeting room and a number of office services to tenants.

Architect Ken Corbin, who designed the center, said people still talk about the pneumatic tubes that crossed the building when Newman’s Department Store occupied it and carried payments up to the business office in the mezzanine. The existing masonry was preserved and restored, he said. The glassed areas were replaced with solar green-tinted insulating glass, and the framing is natural aluminum configured to repeat the window patterns of the original windows, Corbin said.

One of the attractive features of the interior and a nod to the past was the reuse of a series of the old wood and glass entry doors, complete with brass handles, push bars and kick plates. The interior maintained the high ceilings and great open common space of the original department store, Corbin said.

Stela Jantzen was named outstanding board member for Main Street Enid, and outstanding board members were named for every program in the state. There are 39 Main Street programs in Oklahoma.

Kelly Tompkins, Main Street Enid program manager, said there were more than 200 entries across all categories. There were 20 categories, and Enid placed in the top three in three categories.

“All of the entries highlight the wonderful things happening around the state. Through the events, the volunteers, the restoration efforts and all the other things that make our downtowns so great, these award winners prove that Main Streets across Oklahoma are alive and thriving,” said Oklahoma Main Street Manager Linda Barnett.

Barnett said each award presented falls into one of Main Street’s four points: organization, promotion, economic restructuring and design.