The February meeting of the Tulsa IFMA chapter was held at the new Bank of Oklahoma Technology Center. Our own Steve Jech was the host. The meeting started off with a Powerpoint type presentation showing pictures of how the construction and remodeling process progressed from start to finish.
As we viewed the pictures, Steve gave us an overview on the history of the building and many of the challenges he faced during the project.
After Steve's initial introduction of the project, we took a tour of the remodeled facility. The meeting attracted several long time members like Bill Miller who was curious to see what the building now looked like. Many of us remember the facility from when it housed Telex. The building, which dates back to the 1950's, originally was built for another company before Telex ever occupied it. Several in attendance had been in the building all those years ago.
One of the purposes behind the Technology Center was to consolidate a number of operations that were spread out downtown in other Bank of Oklahoma facilities. By locating different functions next to each other, the bank has been able to speed up the process of their operations by not having to deal with the downtime created in the BOK Tower by having to utilize the freight elevator to transport mail, checks, etc. Some functions also had to travel between buildings as well as up and down the aforementioned elevator. Now many of the people that perform many of the bank's interacting functions are right across the hall from each other.
The detail Steve shared on this project was tremendous and would be difficult to recreate in this article. Suffice it to say, if you missed the tour, once again you missed a great educational opportunity as well as a wonderful and entertaining program.
Many thanks to Steve Jech and Bank of Oklahoma for inviting us to visit their newest home. Many thanks also goes to Todd Messerle and Graebel Movers for providing a great meal.