Gardner Tanenbaum: A Family Affair - 405 Magazine

Gardner Tanenbaum: A Family Affair

More than 60 years ago, a small realty and construction business was formed in Oklahoma City.

More than 60 years ago, a small realty and construction business was formed in Oklahoma City. 

Fast forward to today, and Gardner Tanenbaum Holdings is one of the largest developers in Oklahoma, having developed more than $1.2 billion worth of multifamily, commercial and industrial properties worldwide. 

This longtime Oklahoma City real estate development, design and construction management firm is a family affair. Father and CEO Richard “Dick” Tanenbaum is at the helm working with his son Stephen and daughter Becky Tanenbaum Mallace as principals in the business.

Current projects include the $178 million Convergence development – a joint venture of Robinson Park and Gardner Tanenbaum – in the heart of the Oklahoma City Innovation District. It will include the MAPS 4 Innovation Hall, an office tower with 50,000 square feet of lab space and subterranean parking, and a full-service hotel.

Gardner Tanenbaum and Robinson also are developing what will be Oklahoma City’s largest industrial business park, OKC 577. The 577-acre site is near the intersection of Interstate 35 and Interstate 240 in south Oklahoma City.

Previous multifamily projects include redeveloping the former Lincoln Plaza Hotel and Conference Center into The Presley Apartments, The Montgomery and Park Harvey projects downtown and The Classen, formerly Citizens Tower.

“I see Oklahoma City growing by leaps and bounds in the right way,” he said.

Dick said his own father instilled in him the value of work and his wife Glenna’s father continued that example. The couple passed that on to Becky and Stephen, whose children are learning it from them.

“They have always been part of our businesses since they were children being raised in the restaurant business,” Glenna said. “It makes me very proud to know that our family business will continue for another generation.”