The Grand River Dam Authority has launched construction for the new 16,000-square-foot GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley, OK. Beck Design, the Oklahoma-based firm that designed the Oklahoma Historical Museum, was chosen through the bid process as the architectural firm for the Center’s design. Crossland Construction Company was also chosen through the bidding process to build the new building on a bluff overlooking Grand Lake.
At its August 8 meeting, the GRDA board of directors approved the construction contract on the $4.8-million structure, finally setting into motion a project the lake area has anticipated since 2000. Visitors Center Inc. was organized in 2001 in part to secure funding for the project. That group has engaged in several fundraising activities in coordination with the Grand Gateway Economic Development Association and will contribute $300,000 toward construction of the Center, which is scheduled for a summer 2009 completion date.