MBMA’s architectural folio for the Tulsa Ballet’s Hardesty Center showcases the versatility of metal buildings

Posted by Janet B. Stroud — May 31, 2024 — The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has created a library of free, downloadable resources for architectural students and their professors.  The newest addition is a 16-page folio that explores the design and construction of The Hardesty Center for Dance Education in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

MBMA's architectural folio for The Hardesty Center for Dance Education

MBMA’s architectural folio for The Hardesty Center for Dance Education

Tony Bouquot, MBMA general manager, explained:

The folio series was created for architectural faculty and students to learn about metal building systems and their extraordinary possibilities. Each publication analyzes the design goals, priorities and outcomes for that facility. Our newest folio provides a look inside the design and construction challenges of Tulsa Ballet’s inspiring education and training center.

MBMA created The Hardesty Center for Dance Education folio in coordination with Selser Schaefer Architects, now Narrate Design. It includes:

  • Exclusive interviews with architect Robert Schaefer and the construction team;
  • Project design insights for the 21,000 square-foot metal building that features four dance studios, a spacious lobby and waiting area, dressing rooms, dance store and more; and
  • Abundant photos, drawings and graphics that illustrate phases/elements of the design and construction process.

This is MBMA’s ninth Architectural Significance in Metal Buildings folio. The complete portfolio consists of:

  • Alamo Beer Company in San Antonio, TX
  • Boston Sports Institute in Wellesley, MA
  • Michelle and Barack Obama Sports Complex in Los Angeles, CA
  • Haulover Marine Center in North Miami Beach, FL
  • Jacksonville University Basketball Performance Center in Jacksonville, FL
  • Arbogast Performing Arts Center in Troy, OH
  • Firehouse Ministries Shelter in Birmingham, AL
  • St. David’s Performance Center in Austin, TX

The architectural folio for The Hardesty Center for Dance Education (PDF) is available from MBMA Education Resources.

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