Oklahoma River Transport Infrastructure
With the completion of the three low water dams, Eastern Dam at Lincoln Boulevard; Paul H. Brum, Jr. Dam at Western Avenue; May Avenue Dam and the landscaped River Trails, the City of Oklahoma City, the OCRRA (Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority), and COPTA (the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority) took steps to implement a water based public transport system. In 2006, Triad Design, serving as On-Call Engineer for OCRRA and consultant to the city, provided a preliminary engineering document to address the initial development of the infrastructure necessary to transport passengers along the River from Meridian Avenue on the west to the Native American Indian Cultural Center on the east. From that report, OKC, OCRRA, and COTPA identified the watercraft landings and selected the design of the watercraft. As COTPA On-Call Engineer, Triad Design was authorized to prepare and implement plans for the watercraft and infrastructure project which included landings, docks, sidewalks, and navigational buoys, the first landings at Meridian Avenue and improvements to the existing Regatta Park Landing.
Devon River Cruisers
Oklahoma City assigned Triad Design to oversee the construction of three watercrafts designed for Oklahoma City by Scarano Boatbuilding, Inc. of Albany, New York. Each boat was customized for the Oklahoma River, with a length of 65 feet and low profile designed to minimize wake and allow clearance of the 13-foot railroad bridge west of Lincoln Boulevard. Each boat is constructed of approximately 5,000 pieces and is convertible from cruising tours to catered events. Fifteen year naming rights for the River Cruisers went to Devon Energy who donated $2 million toward the watercrafts' cost. In 2008, the Devon Discovery, Devon Pioneer, and Devon Explorer began full river navigation between Regatta Park in downtown OKC and the hotel corridor at Meridian Landing. Over eighty thousand passengers take River Cruises annually with stops at the three landings designed by Triad: Regatta Park, Stockyards, and Meridian & SW 15th Street.