The Journal Record
By Molly M. Fleming
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Bricktown Urban Design Committee approved with a requested change in the plans for the Hyatt Place Hotel, which will start construction in 2016’s first quarter.
The committee had concerns about the building’s exterior being prominently exterior insulation and finishing system – better known as EIFS – rather than brick. EIFS is simulated stucco that creates a smooth appearance.
City planner Michael Philbrick said the hotel on Bricktown’s east side is near a planned project on the south side of E. Sheridan Avenue that has already used a lot of EIFS, and he doesn’t think that trend should continue. A committee member said the building’s exterior may be 20 to 25 percent brick.
Architect and committee member Omar Khoury suggested that ADG Inc. architect J.C. Witcher incorporate more bricks or capstone into the window trim. The group approved the plan with the expected change.