History

The Fab Lab Tulsa team formed initially in the Fall of 2008 following inspiration from a local aerospace company.  The group’s first caretaker was Community Action Project of Tulsa County which paid for a visit to MIT and the Southeast Boston Fab Lab.  Shortly thereafter, at the beginning of 2009, the team began a partnership with Kendall Whittier, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of residents of the Kendall Whittier Neighborhood.  This was especially fortunate because the team had already identified the neighborhood as an ideal location for Fab Lab Tulsa because of the area’s walkability, central location, economic needs and its proximity to the University of Tulsa.  With Kendall Whittier, Inc. the project blossomed.  Starting in July 2009, the team attracted its first donor, as well as an abundance of community goodwill.  In Summer 2010, Fab Lab Tulsa, Inc. was formed in order to bring Fab Lab Tulsa to fruition.  As an independent Oklahoma non-profit corporation, Fab Lab Tulsa, Inc. operates Fab Lab Tulsa in the Kendall Whittier Neighborhood serving our immediate neighbors as well as the greater Tulsa area.  The named sponsor for the project is the Hardesty Family Foundation; and the official name of our facility is the Hardesty Center for Fab Lab Tulsa.