The Dollar Thrifty campus gets a new purpose

by Morgan Phillips, originally appeared in Tulsa People, February 2017

The signage has been removed from the former Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group towers, but the cream-colored facades have otherwise remained unchanged.

Inside, however, the buildings are being transformed into a visionary project that will benefit various Tulsa nonprofits and the people they serve.

The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation purchased the campus in late 2015 and donated office space to nonprofits including Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Community Action Project, LIFE Senior Services, the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits and the Assistance League of Tulsa.

“The two towers and additional reservations center provide a significant opportunity for agencies needing additional or new space in our community,” says Bill Major, the foundation’s executive director.

Michael Brose, CEO of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, and Becky Frank who co-chaired the Association’s $12 million integrated capital campaign, which will help renovate the Association’s five floors of the east tower, among other things.
Michael Brose, CEO of Mental Health Association Oklahoma, and Becky Frank who co-chaired the Association’s $12 million integrated capital campaign, which will help renovate the Association’s five floors of the east tower, among other things.

“It will take time to develop, but we hope to see the benefits of collaboration and efficiency that come naturally with close proximity. The foundation believes that, in the long term, this purchase will improve service access for Tulsans.”

MHAO is utilizing one floor of interim space in the west tower but will soon begin design and construction on its permanent location: five floors in the east tower that will serve as the organization’s state headquarters.

Michael Brose, the association’s CEO, says the floors will provide needed conference and meeting space along with room for expansion. More importantly, it also will allow staff to work under one roof to tackle difficult issues — from supporting those impacted by mental illness, to reforming the criminal justice system, to ending homelessness.

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