At the state attorney general's office, moving from their cramped office at the state Capitol to a newly remodeled two-story building across the street has meant big changes.
"It's nice because we consolidated our offices," said Charlie Price, the attorney general's director of communications. "We had people in the first floor of the Capitol; we had people in the basement; we had people in at least three locations at the Lincoln Plaza building. It just makes it easier to do business."
Sitting on N.E. 21st Street, the new building easily accommodates the nearly 160 employees working for state Attorney General Drew Edmondson. But staying in touch with the Legislature requires more legwork.
"It's easy to get to the Capitol if you can survive crossing Lincoln. You feel like Frogger trying to get across," Price said.
The most striking feature of the new facility is the artwork. As a centennial project, the building was given two main works of art:
" a bronze statute, "The Spirit of Justice," by Oklahoma artist Shirley Thomson-Smith, and
" a triptych: "Honor, Serve and Protect," by American Indian artist Robert Taylor in recognition of three Oklahoma lawmen. "Scott Cooper
" Part of the Oklahoma Centennial Commission projects
" Cost: just under $15 million, to be paid off by 2025
" Funded by state bond issues
" 75,000 square feet