Downtown Office Space

The renovation of the Hartford Building at First Street and Hartford Avenue in downtown Tulsa underwent a $7 million renovation in 2018. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World file

The Bhow Family has landed its third tenant in the office building it refurbished on Hartford Avenue.

Merrick & Company, an employee-owned engineering, architecture, surveying and geospatial firm headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado, has signed a lease for about a 11,000-square-foot space on the first floor at 110 S. Hartford Ave., developer Neal Bhow said.

KKT Architects will be designing the office.

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About 50 people will be working there by December or January, Bhow said. Merrick currently has an office in Williams Tower I (Suite 200), One West Third Street, according to the firm’s website. Merrick in April purchased Oklahoma-based Benham OGC (oil, gas and chemicals), a Haskell company.

Sears Merrick, a former engineering professor at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, founded the Colorado firm in 1955. It now has more than 500 employees worldwide in about a dozen states, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

In 2018, Bhow and his family undertook a $7 million renovation of the 74,000-square-foot Hartford Building, which had been unoccupied since the city of Tulsa moved offices from there in 2008.

It now is about 62% leased, he said.

The Root Coworking, a roughly 11,000-square-foot coworking space, opened on the second floor this week. It was co-founded by former Denver real estate broker and Tulsa native Ben Von Drehle.

Earlier this year Clarion Events, formerly PennWell, moved into a 24,500-square-foot space, also on the second floor. Jared Andresen and Brett Beaver with Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Oklahoma handled the leasing on all three transactions.


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