This week, a topping-off celebration marked progress on downtown Tulsa's first high-rise hotel to be built in decades.
It is another sign of Tulsa Rising.
In February of last year, Pete Patel shared his vision for a parking lot at Third and Cheyenne.
"Tulsa downtown is really in need of some good quality rooms - good rooms,” he said.
A year later - the nine-story structure is taking shape within one of the busiest areas of downtown.
As part of a ceremonial topping-out celebration - investors and project developers on Friday signed the last beam to be placed on top of the building.
"I wanted to be part of the development of downtown. and it’s important for a city to have a vibrant downtown, and I support that," investor Mark Tedford said.
A crane hoisted up the beam and put it into place - hundreds of feet up - marking a tradition that is done on many projects as they inch closer to completion.
“We are about 12 months into the process,” Patel said. “It took us a while to get out of the ground, and now we’re doing things quickly. Our target date for opening is March 1."
The 125-room, 3,500-square foot Hampton Inn is the first high-rise hotel to come to downtown in 30 years.
"Our location, we’re right next to BOK Center,” Patel said. “We are surrounded by high rises, and so we blend into the neighborhood really well.”
As for Promise Hotels’ other projects - they still are happening.
One across the street from the Hampton Inn, and another, which is set to break ground in the fall in the Brady District.
Patel cites recent studies that show Tulsa can support - and needs - more hospitality options.
"When you get hotel rooms, you get conventions and activity, sporting activities and things like that,” he said. “Lodging needs are still there so we’re hoping Promise Hotels and Ross Group can fill those needs."