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Downtown Enid projects are lauded at Oklahoma Main Street awards

May 7, 2014

By Dale Denwalt, Enid News & Eagle, Okla.

May 07--ENID, Okla. -- Two recent projects in Enid won top honors at the Oklahoma Main Street Awards Banquet on Tuesday.

Wymer Brownlee won best interior design project for its new facility at 201 N. Grand. The financial services office occupies the former First National Bank building at One Grand Center. President Aaron Brownlee said architect Corbin & Merz designed the office with the original interiors, stark-white walls, ornate column caps and modern accents.

"There was a lobby that had been covered up for several years and we exposed all of the detail of that lobby back to its original use," he said. "We really put a lot of effort into renovating some of the historical features and bringing them back to life."

Interior designer Erin Haney complemented Wymer Brownlee for its selections.

"We took the old and mixed a little bit more modern with it, to complement the old," she said. "It was really neat. We definitely worked hard for that and we were grateful of the privilege Wymer Brownlee gave us to do a design like this, which is unlike most things in Enid."

Brownlee praised the design as a nice mixture of traditional and modern that gives the office an open feel.

"I'm thrilled to receive the recognition but really, Corbin & Merz did all the hard work," he said. "We were very pleased and honored to be nominated and I was very honored last night to be recognized as the best in the state."

Main Street Enid nominated that design, along with Enid Event Center, which won best public improvement project.

"We proudly manage both Enid Event Center and Convention Hall in the best interest for not only for the goals established by our client, the city of Enid, but also the entire community and north central Oklahoma," said Global Spectrum's Keller Taylor, general manager of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall. "Being recognized by Main Street Enid as a nominee and Oklahoma Main Street as the award winner is humbling. We have continued to be excited about our opportunity to bolster quality of life in the region and provide a diverse set of entertainment/convention and meeting options right here in Enid."

In a statement released Wednesday, Kelly Tompkins, director of Main Street Enid, said the investment the city has made in Enid Event Center and the job Global Spectrum does at bringing entertainment to the downtown area "has made an incredible difference in our revitalization efforts, and Main Street Enid is thrilled for them to be recognized for it statewide."


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