New Oklahoma City Federal Building Opens

A new Oklahoma City federal building with shatterproof glass, a steel-plated main entrance and concrete plugs outside opened on Monday, 8 1/2 years after the bombing that killed 168 people.

Two dozen employees of the Small Business Administration settled into their new offices, the first tenants of the building, which is kitty-corner from the site where the Alfred P. Murrah Building once stood and a block from the memorial to the dead. Eleven agencies are scheduled to move in over the next several months. Workers were still putting the finishing touches on the fountain and walkways. SBA employee Cindi Anderson, a 39-year-old single mother, was nervous about the move until she toured the building and saw its security features. “With everything going on in the world, it’s a little bit scary, but I’m more comfortable now,” she said. Others were excited about getting their own private offices, a rarity in government service, said Dorothy Overal, district SBA director. Full Story

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