A Gathering Place for Tulsa will have a nerve center, but you might never see it


The 40,000-square-foot maintenance and command center of A Gathering Place for Tulsa is hidden underground.

“No one wants to see a maintenance building,” said Jeff Stava, executive director and trustee of Tulsa’s Gathering Place LLC. “The ‘back of a house’ isn’t something that’s really sexy.

“A lot of people don’t realize how much equipment, how many people are required to maintain 100 acres of a beautiful, park-like setting.

“We didn’t want to have an off-site maintenance facility because that would require a lot of trucking and driving and transporting items to the park. So it was easier, instead of having a really ugly building out and about within the park, to build it underground.”