Devon Tower

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Devon Energy Center
Devon energy center.JPG
Devon Tower, April 2012
Record height
Tallest in Oklahoma since 2011[I]
General information
StatusComplete
TypeOffice
Location280 W Sheridan Ave
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Coordinates35°28′00″N 97°31′03″W / 35.46667°N 97.51750°W / 35.46667; -97.51750Coordinates: 35°28′00″N 97°31′03″W / 35.46667°N 97.51750°W / 35.46667; -97.51750
Construction startedOctober 6, 2009
CompletedOctober 2012
CostUSD $750 million (est.) (c. $770 million today[1])
OwnerDevon Energy Corporation
Height
Architectural850 ft (259 m)
Roof844 ft (257 m)[2]
Technical details
Floor count50 (tower)
Floor area1,800,000 square feet (167,000 m2)
Lifts/elevators50 (total)
Design and construction
ArchitectPickard Chilton
DeveloperDevon Realty Advisors Inc.
Main contractorHines
References
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Not to be confused with a similarly named building, being Devon Energy's office in Houston, Texas, Devon Energy Tower (Houston).
Devon Energy Center
Devon energy center.JPG
Devon Tower, April 2012
Record height
Tallest in Oklahoma since 2011[I]
General information
StatusComplete
TypeOffice
Location280 W Sheridan Ave
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Coordinates35°28′00″N 97°31′03″W / 35.46667°N 97.51750°W / 35.46667; -97.51750Coordinates: 35°28′00″N 97°31′03″W / 35.46667°N 97.51750°W / 35.46667; -97.51750
Construction startedOctober 6, 2009
CompletedOctober 2012
CostUSD $750 million (est.) (c. $770 million today[1])
OwnerDevon Energy Corporation
Height
Architectural850 ft (259 m)
Roof844 ft (257 m)[2]
Technical details
Floor count50 (tower)
Floor area1,800,000 square feet (167,000 m2)
Lifts/elevators50 (total)
Design and construction
ArchitectPickard Chilton
DeveloperDevon Realty Advisors Inc.
Main contractorHines
References
[3]

Devon Energy Center is a 50-story corporate skyscraper in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is tied as the 39th tallest building in the United States. Construction began October 6, 2009, and was completed in October 2012.[4] 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;[4] however, the first formal appraisal of the tower and complex came in at only $707.9 million.[5] It serves as the northern anchor of Oklahoma City's aggressive Core to Shore downtown redevelopment project.[6]

History[edit]

Devon World Headquarters LLC, a subsidiary of Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corporation, built the new skyscraper to replace their existing corporate office, which were 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.

Devon Tower 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 of 850 feet (259 m), including 50 stories.[7]

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[edit]

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 Tower reached the 34th floor. In June 2011 the Devon Tower reached the 46th floor. On July 5, 2011 the Devon Tower reached the 46th floor while the glass reached the 36th floor.

The building marked its topping out at 50 stories on September 21, 2011.[8]

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Events[edit]

Devon Tower surpassed Chase Tower as the tallest building in Oklahoma City on March 10, 2011.[9] On May 17, 2011 the Devon Tower became the tallest building in Oklahoma, rising above Tulsa's BOK Tower.

A topping-out ceremony was held on September 21, 2011, as the Devon Tower reached its final height.[8]

On October 23, 2012, Devon Tower marked its opening ceremony. Devon Energy CEO, Larry Nichols said that there will not be a public observation deck, instead a restaurant named "Vast" is open to the general public and occupies 49th and 50th floors. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett attended the opening ceremony and stated that, "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."[10]

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Preceded by
Chase Tower
Tallest Building in Oklahoma City
2011—current
257m
Succeeded by
incumbent

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