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Monday, July 12, 2010

Club Skib Downtown: The 2nd Generation

The time has come to finally reveal Club Skib Downtown. 

It seems many people are a little confused about Club Skib Downtown. 
I keep getting email's and messages asking if my Dad or Brother have opened 
a nightclub or country club. I would like to clarify a few things. 

1. No, my Dad or Brother have not opened a night club or country club.
2. No, it is not open to the public (unless you're a good friend)

 The answers to all these questions can be answered in my first post, 

When my parents first purchased the building, they always intended on putting 
in a pool. Summers in Oklahoma are almost bearable with a pool. The fact 
that you can take a dip anytime you want makes the thought of summer sound 
that much easier. Especially if you are as physically active as my parents, 
who cycle 20-60 miles in a day, and can now look forward to riding in 100 
degrees at 8:00 in the morning, coming home and taking a cool dip in the pool.  

Now, you've heard the story and you've seen the interior renovation, are you 
ready to see the exterior renovation? It took a little longer than expected, 
you know how renovations go, always more money and more time than you 
want (and need).

BEFORE: Parking Lot. 
Photographed by John Amatucci

THE PLANS: Szafranski-Pugh & Associates
Landscape Architecture 
Carl Szafranski 
(Landscape Architect God according to my Parents) 

Szafranski-Pugh & Assoc. Inc. is a newly established firm formed by the 
partnership of Carl Szafranski and Jeff Pugh. Both graduates of Oklahoma 
State University, their complementary backgrounds encompass all facets of 
the Landscape Architecture/Design field. Past projects range from small 
residential design to large college campus master planning. Commercial, 
residential and public projects make up the bulk of their experience and are 
the focus for their long-term company goals.

Carl J. Szafranski is a graduate of the Landscape Architecture and Horticulture 
Program at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Carl has worked 
on a wide variety of projects at Szafranski-Pugh and Associates, Inc. and for 
previous employers ranging from small-scale residential to large-scale 
commercial and municipal projects. He is experienced in project production 
from start to finish including CAD, hand and computer graphics, cost 
estimating and correspondence. Carl continues to be an important member 
of Szafranski-Pugh and Associates, Inc. through his skills in project 
production and completion.

IT HAS BEGUN: Ground breaking. 
March 15, 2010 

IT HAS BEGUN: Ground breaking. 
March 15, 2010 

IT HAS BEGUN: Ground breaking. 
March 16, 2010 

IT HAS BEGUN: Fireplace. 
March 31, 2010 

IT HAS BEGUN: Fireplace and Pool Framing.
April 1, 2010  

IT HAS BEGUN: Fireplace.
April 1, 2010  

IT HAS BEGUN: Fireplace and Pool.
April 15, 2010  

May 3, 2010  

IT HAS BEGUN: Pool Tiling and Car Port. 
May 26, 2010  

IT HAS BEGUN: Pool, Concrete, Car Port and Exterior Perimeter Fence.
June 2, 2010  

IT HAS BEGUN: Pool, Concrete, Car Port, Exterior Perimeter Fence, Gate and Steel Work.
June 8, 2010 

IT HAS BEGUN: Pool, Concrete, Car Port and Exterior Perimeter Fence.
June 10, 2010 

IT HAS BEGUN: Concrete and Exterior Perimeter Fence.
June 17, 2010 

IT HAS BEGUN: Exterior Perimeter Fence.
June 22, 2010 

IT HAS BEGUN: Pool Color Coating.
June 28, 2010 
9:00 am

IT HAS BEGUN: Pool Color Coating.
June 28, 2010 
11:00 am

IT HAS BEGUN: Filling Pool.
June 28, 2010 
5:00 pm

June 29, 2010 
7:00 am

IT IS ALMOST OVER: Pool Lighting.
June 29, 2010 
10:00 pm

IT IS ALMOST OVER: Landscaping.
July 1, 2010 

July 2, 2010 

Well, when I say it's over and completed, that is a tad bit of a rumor. There are 
still a few things to complete but for the most part, you can swim, you can lay 
out, you can do whatever you want so in a sense yes, it is complete. 

There are really only two things I need complete before I come home for 
the big celebration. 

1. The awning for the steel beams in front of the fireplace area. 
2. The fireplace cover. 

The awning style and fabric has been chosen. It just needs to be made. Here is 
the style the amazing Landscape Architect, Carl Szafranski, chose as the winning 
option for the awning. 

The building, before it was a residential home, photography studio and apartment, was the Ethyl Corporation Testing Laboratory. There is still a plaque above the back door which displays the name. 

My Dad thought of the idea of adding the name to the front of the fireplace cover. I mean, they were already custom making it anyway. I thought what a clever idea! Way to go Dad! 

Like most people, I love getting pictures. I got these Saturday morning 
from my Dad. Their beautiful perfect new pool overlooking downtown 
Tulsa in the morning sky. 

I don't think anyone could be more happy than my parents right now. All 
thanks to a wonderful Landscape Architect who made sure everything was 
perfect and fixed according to my Father's ideals. Let me tell ya, those 
ideals aren't always easy! 

I think I speak for everyone when I say I am totally freaking out excited to visit 
Tulsa in August and to celebrating and initiate Club Skib Downtown into the 
Skib Family and to downtown Tulsa, where I am sure it is the first 
outdoor swimming pool! 

Who's coming?


  1. What an amazing transformation!!! Lovely pool:-) Have fun!

  2. Well I thought your parents home could not get better...but I was wrong, WOW again, I thought I saw a pool reflection in one of the windows...that is not a pool that is a wonderful special world out there and your dads photos at night with the city behind are amazing...
    I am at the moment getting ready for a new stone wall and patio... wish I could include a lap pool in our front yard, hehehe (not sure the other residents in our downtown condo would understand)
    Anyway, hears to downtown living! we love it...(in our case, as long as the bar next door only plays very loud music on friday and saturday nights)