OSU students design floating restaurant complex at The Harbor at CrossTimbers on Keystone Lake
BY SUSAN HYLTON World Staff Writer
Monday, December 17, 2012
12/17/12 at 5:45 AM
MANNFORD - The interior designs behind a future floating ship store and restaurant at The Harbor at CrossTimbers on Lake Keystone will be the work of four OSU students.
Hannah Chang, Kiara Murry, Malorie Gordon and Tanner Svoboda of Oklahoma State University's Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising are the winners of a competition sponsored by CrossTimbers developer Ron Howell.
"We wanted a really unique building," Howell said. "They listened to the customer."
The students will have the distinction of designing what will be the tallest floating structure in Oklahoma, Howell said. The 53-foot tall, two-story structure will have 4,500 square feet of space on each floor, and will include a lighthouse.
The SGA Design Group of Tulsa, architects for the project, and Melinda Lyon, OSU assistant professor of interior design, helped choose the winning team, which was awarded $900.
"They did a great job considering the use of space that would work for all people," Lyon said.
One of the main features is a water wall, elevator and stairwell that ascends to a cupola and overlook area.
"To have the sound and look of water flowing is a huge part of what we're excited about," Howell said. "The other huge advantage is being surrounded by water. It's an opportunity for something pretty breathtaking."
Gordon said the inner construction of a boat was the inspiration behind the design.
"It was a great experience. We're close as friends, and I think we produced a very good project," Gordon said.
The designs pick up on natural elements and colors of the cross timbers region, which features ancient trees and tall grasses.
Gordon said they chose furnishings that would work in public spaces indoors and outdoors. Chang said they also selected low-carbon paint and sustainable products that are either reusable or biodegradeable. Some of the furnishings are made of recycled materials.
By employing interns, Howell said he didn't pay a lot of money for a state-of-the-art design, but he got one anyway due to the quality of OSU's program.
Construction on the ship store is expected to start in September 2013 with completion by Memorial Day 2014.
Construction on the first 130 marina slips is under way, with an opening expected on Memorial Day 2013.
Howell said that the marina will be the state's second "clean marina."
Part of the "clean" distinction is made by having pump stations that are readily available to boaters and using encapsulated flotation materials that won't break down like exposed Styrofoam.
"It has an almost never-ending life," Howell said.
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Malorie Gordon (left), Melinda Lyon, Kiara Murry, Hannah Chang and Tanner Svoboda pose with their winning design at CrossTimbers at Skiatook Lake. Lyon is an assistant professor of interior design at OSU and the others are students at the school. The students' design will be built at Lake Keystone, with construction expected to be complete by Memorial Day 2014. MIKE SIMONS / Tulsa World
Trees are being removed at the site of a new boat ramp at The Harbor at CrossTimbers on Lake Keystone near Mannford. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World