1: Could you update us on the Tulsa PAC renovation, which Beck Design is overseeing?
Beck Design is currently working with its international team of consultants to create a master plan and feasibility study for the Tulsa PAC. The goal of the study is to evaluate how the PAC is being used, document any deficiencies and concerns and develop a strategy for the future of the facility so it becomes a more integral part of our community.
Although the PAC has been cosmetically remodeled over the years, the integration of new technologies has been limited due to the constraints of the existing building. Part of our study is an expansion and renovation of the current structure to better accommodate modern theatrical productions and to provide more user amenities.
We're also looking at creating new programming for the PAC and instilling a new vibrancy, so it can be enjoyed on a daily basis by a variety of visitors. We've been fortunate to work with Mark Frie, the director of the PAC, and share in his vision of community outreach and educational programming that guides our research. Our study begins with a market analysis and concludes with recommendations for upgrades and space utilization. We anticipate the completion of our study in early 2019.
2. When did you know you wanted to be an architect?
I believe I was in ninth grade, and we had a career day at school. The architect had the most interesting display, of course. As a child, I always liked to sketch and build things, so architecture was a natural fit. I also had an uncle in architecture school at the time, and I was amazed at the drawings and models he created. Architecture is unique in that it melds my two favorite fields of art and science.
3. What would you tell someone who wanted to get in your field?
I would tell them to visit construction sites to see how buildings are actually built and, if possible, spend some time working under a true craftsman. It is of great benefit to see how things drawn on paper get translated into reality on the job site. It actually makes you a better designer because you have a clearer understanding of the nature of materials.
4. What is your favorite holiday pastime?
I try to take some time off during the holidays so I can play in the garage. It's very therapeutic for me. I am restoring my grandfather's 1955 Crestliner boat and a 1964 Mercury, and garage time is scarce during much of the year. I also enjoy traveling and visiting relatives.
5. Real or artificial Christmas tree?
Both! I love the smell of a real tree and typically have one every year, but we currently display a retro aluminum Christmas tree. It fits the decor of my house and looks very festive when illuminated.
Rhett Morgan, Tulsa World