The Journal Record Business Briefs: October 25, 2010

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Manhattan Construction honored for Oneok Field

Manhattan Construction Co. has been honored with the 2010 Excellence in Construction award for the company's Oneok Field ballpark project in downtown Tulsa. Manhattan received the award from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Oklahoma.

Manhattan was honored in the Institutional/Sports Arena Over $25 million category. The company was also presented with the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Platinum Award, in recognition of exceptional safety training, active employee involvement, innovation and management commitment.

Manhattan oversaw design and construction of the 6,500-seat Oneok Field project, completing the design-build service in only 14 months. During construction, the team stayed on schedule through unusually wicked weather, including blizzard conditions, ice, rain and a bitterly cold winter. Manhattan handed the keys over to the Tulsa Drillers minor league baseball team to their new home six weeks before opening day.

"We enjoyed a sincere spirit of collaboration on this project," said Bob Jack, Manhattan Construction's Tulsa-area manager. "The entire team deserves credit for its success - the Tulsa community, the Drillers organization, designers, subcontractors and vendors."

Manhattan's design-build team included Populous, an architecture firm specializing in sports design. The Oneok Field design includes fixed seating for 6,500 fans, 23 luxury suites, large party decks and terrace seating for 3,000 people.

The ABC's Excellence in Construction program recognizes innovation, quality and vision by a building team. Projects are judged on a safety, personnel management, quality control, scheduling and degree of difficulty in completion. The awards were presented at the organization's Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet Oct. 14 at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa.

Network reaches transactions goal

A la mode's Mercury Network appraisal vendor management platform has reached 10,000 transactions a day sustained for a month.

"Getting to a consistent level of 10,000 transactions a day would be an achievement under any circumstances, but doing it in such a slow overall mortgage market and during one of the worst seasonal periods is a reflection of the strength of the Mercury brand and the superiority of our technology platform," said Dave Biggers, Oklahoma City-based a la mode's founder and chairman.

The Mercury Network allows lenders and appraisal management companies to manage appraisal workflow while being compliant with appraisal independence standards and banking security regulations.

CDC expert to discuss toxic screenings

Rudy Johnson, chief of the Centers for Disease Control Chemical Terrorism Method Development Group, will lead an Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences discussion Thursday on the CDC's Rapid Toxic Screen and National Laboratory Response Network.

Open to the public, Johnson's talk will begin at noon Thursday in room D-107 at the OSUCHS Tulsa campus, 1111 W. 17th St.

The screen involves a series of blood and urine tests for 150 chemicals likely to be used by terrorists. Johnson will discuss sample collection and analysis, data sharing, and when the program is put to use.- Kirby Lee Davis

Archeologist to speak in Ardmore

Kara Cooney will discuss the history and mythology behind the pyramids during the second presentation in the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation's 2010-2011 Profiles and Perspectives season.

Her presentation, entitled "Out of Egypt: Pyramids - The Shape of the Gods," is scheduled at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Ardmore Convention Center. The Profiles and Perspectives series is open to the public and offered at no cost.

Cooney is assistant professor of Egyptian art and architecture at UCLA. Cooney, who earned her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2002, has been part of research and archaeological excavations in Egypt at the craftsmen's village of Deir el Medina, the royal pyramids at Dahshur and in the tombs of the Theban elite. …