Crossland Construction Company has replaced Manhattan Construction as the general contractor for A Gathering Place for Tulsa, the park’s project manager said Saturday.

“George Kaiser Family Foundation is thankful for Manhattan’s partnership on this effort as well as their work on other George Kaiser Family Foundation projects throughout the city of Tulsa,” said Jeff Stava in a press release.

The change is described as a “transitioning” in the press release now that the initial phases of the pre-construction, utility and dirt work are completed.

No other specifics were provided.

Paul Zachary, the city of Tulsa’s engineering director, said the contractor change will not impact the city’s ongoing work on Riverside Drive. The city has closed Riverside Drive from 21st to 41st streets while that project is completed.

The Gathering Place is a $350 million park being built by the George Kaiser Family Foundation with financial assistance from private and corporate donors.

Construction of Phase 1 of the park began in late 2014 and is expected to be completed in late 2017.

Phase I of the project will stretch from approximately the 2700 block of Riverside Drive to 31st Street on the east side of the street and the 2700 block to 34th Street along the west side of Riverside Drive.
The Kaiser Foundation is contributing $200 million to the park, including $50 million for land.

Here’s the official release on the contractor switch:


A Gathering Place for Tulsa transitions to new construction manager for next phase of project

TULSA, Okla. – As Tulsa’s Gathering Place successfully completes the initial phases of pre-construction, utility and dirt work, Tulsa’s Gathering Place, LLC is transitioning the construction management of future phases of the project to Crossland Construction Company, Inc. For citizens, donors and the city of Tulsa, there will be no noticeable change to the budget or timeline for completion.
“George Kaiser Family Foundation is thankful for Manhattan’s partnership on this effort as well as their work on other GKFF projects throughout the city of Tulsa. They are a great corporate member of our community and we appreciate their leadership on the initial phase of the Gathering Place project,” said Jeff Stava, executive director and trustee, Tulsa’s Gathering Place, LLC.

“Building a park of this stature requires a team effort and community-wide support. We are grateful for all of Manhattan Construction Company’s contributions to the project.” said Stava.

All parties are committed to a smooth transition as Crossland Construction Company, Inc. assumes the role of construction manager for the project.

“We look forward to joining the team and building on the strong foundation already in place to complete construction of Tulsa’s Gathering Place,” said John Priest, president – southwest region, Crossland Construction Company.

About A Gathering Place for Tulsa

A project of George Kaiser Family Foundation, A Gathering Place for Tulsa, will transform nearly 100 acres of Tulsa’s waterfront along the Arkansas River into a dynamic and active space when the project is completed. 66.5 acres will be completed within Phase I by late 2017. GKFF and numerous corporate and community philanthropists gave ownership of the $350 million park to River Parks Authority who in turn signed a long-term operational and management lease back to an entity of the foundation to ensure the highest quality operation, maintenance and programming for the life of the park.

The park will be a central place for Tulsans to gather and enjoy for years to come. The park will blend nature and urban environment and will include features such as a lodge, boathouse, nature walks, two land bridges connecting the two sides of river parks, sporting areas and a pond. A Gathering Place for Tulsa is funded by a mix of corporate and philanthropic Tulsa organizations.

A Gathering Place for Tulsa is doing business as Tulsa’s Gathering Place, LLC. To learn more about the project, visit