ARINC Launches $15 Million Project

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ARINC Inc. broke ground this week on a $15 million commercial building and corporate campus at SE 59th Street and Air Depot Boulevard in Oklahoma City.

The engineering firm will occupy a 180,000-square-foot facility on 19 acres in the East Port Commerce Center, a 139-acre development located at the south entrance to Tinker Air Force Base.

The company will employ about 300 workers at the site when the project is completed, company officials said.

Mike Young, vice president of ARINC, said that along with design and development work, the company would also manufacture aircraft systems at the site.

Gardner Property Interests and Trammell Crow Co. are developing the site. Trammel Crow Construction is construction manager, and G&G Construction, a branch of Gardner Property Interests, is servicing as general contractor.

ARINC is an Annapolis, Md.-based company, which develops and operates communications and information processing systems for the aviation and transportation industries.

The company said it hopes to occupy the new site by September.

Multifamily `myths'

The Norman Builder's Association and the National Association of Home Builders in a joint effort this month said they are working to debunk myths about multifamily housing development.

In a statement released this week, Steve Mohr, president of the Norman association, said his group is committed to "debunking the myths and misconceptions" associated with new apartment development in existing residential areas.

"Many people, including public officials, believe that apartments negatively impact both local schools and the property values of surrounding single-family homes," he said. "Neither of these scenarios is true, according to NAHB research."

The research indicated that while the number of school-age children varies according to house types, it is not true that apartments impact schools more drastically than other housing types, he said. …