KKT is honored as the architect for the Legacy Plaza East and West Core and Shell Renovation projects.

April 28, 2022 6:10 pm

A former corporate campus that, thanks to a local foundation, has become home to several Tulsa-area nonprofit organizations marked the official opening Tuesday of its second high-rise building.

A ribbon-cutting and open house were held Tuesday at Legacy Plaza West Tower, 5310 E. 31st St., with officials from Family & Children’s Services and the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences serving as co-hosts.

Family & Children’s Services and OSU-CHS are the owners and occupants of the facility, which was donated to them as an in-kind gift by the Tulsa-based Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

Joining other city leaders at the event, Mayor G.T. Bynum praised the project, adding that “we have thrived over more than a century now because early on it became part of our culture that we are a city that helps one another out in difficult times. Right at the front, in this generation, of doing that kind of work is the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation. … That was the mission they had for Legacy Plaza.”

The foundation purchased the West Tower and surrounding campus — formerly Dollar Thrifty Plaza — in 2015. It includes an East Tower and building, which also now house nonprofits and service agencies.

Foundation Executive Director Bill Major, who was joined by Trustee Judy Kishner, said: “Taking an outdated and soon-to-be-abandoned office complex and turning it into a first-class center for collaborative work by multiple nonprofit organizations is a little unusual for philanthropic organizations such as ours. But we know and feel very strongly that this is exactly what Anne and Henry would want us to do.”

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