DEQ and City of Tulsa Join Forces to Cleanup Asbestos in the Abundant Life Building

For Immediate Release: June 16, 2020

Contact: Erin Hatfield, (405) 437.8468

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the City of Tulsa are partnering to clean up asbestos in the Abundant Life Building also known as the Diamond Building, at 1720 S. Boulder Ave. in Tulsa.

The Abundant Life Building was constructed in 1957 as the international headquarters of the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association, Inc. and has sat vacant since the early 1980s. Asbestos was extensively used throughout the building, and it is estimated remediation will cost over $2 million. DEQ and Tulsa will each provide a $1,000,000 loan from their respective Brownfields Revolving Loan Funds for the asbestos cleanup. The work is expected to take place sometime in 2020.

The loans are made available through DEQ’s and Tulsa’s Brownfields Programs, which are funded through EPA grants. The programs help resolve environmental problems so the property can be safely and economically reused.