Iron Gate New Community Food Center

Iron Gate, a soup kitchen and grocery pantry located in downtown Tulsa, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding the hungry of Tulsa. GH2 designed their new $5 million facility, located on Archer, west of the Tulsa Arts District, with their driving philosophy in mind: We are all guests on this earth and guests treat one another with courtesy, kindness and respect.

Three offices within Iron Gate are dedicated to partner agencies such as Family & Children’s Services and others, to provide general resource referrals and education.

GH2 integrated the healing garden into the courtyard space. Placing the healing garden in the center/heart of the project reflects Iron Gate’s commitment to inviting those in need into a safe, non-judgmental space where they can find comfort and rest, making Iron Gate a true place of healing.

Site elements included:

  • Partial cover for guests to be away from the elements.
  • The use of wood as an accent to soften the harder metal, stone and concrete parts of the design.
  • Water Feature – People are attracted to moving water.
  • It creates a calming sensation that helps viewers relax and de-stress.
  • Seating – Allows guests to sit, relax and visit with others.
  • Fireplace – Calming/added warmth in winter.
  • Plant life – Encourages relaxation and healing.
  • Inspiration Wall – Large wall with Iron Gate’s philosophy to let guests know that Iron Gate is a welcoming place.



Tulsa, Oklahoma


15,556 sqft

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