Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Skirvin Hilton in OKC Taking Shape

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Skirvin Hilton in OKC Taking Shape

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Exactly one month before its reopening, it is hard to find a nook or cranny at the Skirvin Hilton where someone is not engaged in some construction and restoration aspect of the nearly century-old hotel.

In a speech a few weeks ago, John Williams, the hotel's general manager, announced that the hotel would officially open on Feb. 26 and that it would be about 99-percent ready at that point.

This week he said he's sticking by that number.

"I always say 99 because something isn't going to work," he said. "Ninety-nine is a good number."

Williams said work is progressing on schedule for the most part, despite delays caused by the recent winter weather.

He said while the weather halted exterior work, crews have been engaged in making up time to complete the entryway and sidewalk in front of the hotel.

The hotel, which is a Hilton Hotels Corp. franchise, must gain the approval and meet Hilton standards before it officially opens.

Williams said representatives from Hilton will come to the hotel Feb. …

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