Devon Energy Center (Oklahoma City)
|Devon Energy Center|
Devon Energy Center, April 2012
|Tallest in Oklahoma since 2011[I]|
|Type||Office with restaurant|
|Location||280 W Sheridan Ave
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
|Construction started||October 6, 2009|
|Cost||USD $750 million (est.) (c. $774 million today)|
|Owner||Devon Energy Corporation|
|Architectural||850 ft (259 m)|
|Roof||844 ft (257 m)|
|Floor count||50 (tower)|
|Floor area||1,800,000 square feet (167,000 m2)|
|Design and construction|
|Developer||Devon Realty Advisors Inc.|
The Devon Energy Center (also known as the Devon Tower) is a 50-story corporate skyscraper in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is tied as the 45th tallest building in the United States. Construction began October 6, 2009, and was completed in October 2012. The tower is located next to the historic Colcord Hotel, which Devon currently owns, on Sheridan Avenue between Hudson and Robinson Avenues.
The office tower, a six-story rotunda, and a six-story podium structure comprise more than 1,800,000 square feet (170,000 m2) and was initially estimated to cost $750 million; however, the first formal appraisal of the tower and complex came in at only $707.9 million. It serves as the northern anchor of Oklahoma City's aggressive Core to Shore downtown redevelopment project.
Devon World Headquarters LLC, a subsidiary of Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corporation, built the new skyscraper to replace their existing corporate office, which was located inside Mid America Tower, as well as other space the company were leasing in a number of office buildings in the central business district.
The Devon Energy Center was originally planned to be 54 stories and 925 feet (282 m) tall. However, subsequent space planning revisions—including a decision to locate the data center to a separate facility for security reasons—resulted in a reduced height to 850 feet (259 m), including 50 stories.
Site preparation and demolition began October 6, 2009. The Holder Construction Company served as primary general contractor, and Flintco, Inc. the minority partner in the joint venture.
Construction started on October 6, 2009. On February 25th, 2010 the first crane was installed. The second crane was installed on June 25, 2010. In July 2010 construction had reached above street level. In September 2010 construction topped the 10th floor. In November, workers started installing glass on the bottom levels of the tower. In December 2010 the building reached the 22nd floor. In March 2011 the Devon Energy Center reached the 34th floor. In June 2011 the building reached the 46th floor. On July 5, 2011 the building reached the 46th floor while the glass reached the 36th floor.
Devon Energy Center surpassed Chase Tower as the tallest building in Oklahoma City on March 10, 2011. On May 17, 2011 the Devon Energy Center became the tallest building in Oklahoma, rising above Tulsa's BOK Tower.
On October 23, 2012, the building marked its opening ceremony. It was confirmed by Devon Energy CEO, J. Larry Nichols that there would not be an observation deck; however, a restaurant named "Vast" on the 49th and 50th floors would be open to the general public. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett attended the opening ceremony and stated, "The visual impact it has on the city is so striking and so identifiable. It took just over three years to complete the building that has quickly become a staple in our city's skyline."
- List of tallest buildings in Oklahoma City
- List of tallest buildings in Oklahoma
- List of tallest buildings in the United States
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