Devon Energy dedicates tallest skyscraper in state
BY ADAM WILMOTH NewsOK.com
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
10/24/12 at 2:10 AM
Devon Energy Corp. executives on Tuesday dedicated Oklahoma's newest and tallest skyscraper.
The Devon Energy Center dedication marked the end of a nearly three-year construction project and the continuation of a time of development and improvement at Devon and throughout Oklahoma City, CEO John Richels said.
"This building is a symbol of Devon's growth and of Oklahoma City's growth," he said. "Our state is thriving. We are in a very enviable position compared to many other states in the union."
When construction began on the $750 million, 50-story tower in 2009, architect Jon Pickard told The Oklahoman he knew of no other skyscrapers being started in the country during what was the tail end of the Great Recession.
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Devon Energy Center facts
Source: the Oklahoman
- At nearly 850 feet tall and 50 stories high, Devon Tower is the 10th tallest building west of the Mississippi River.
- Includes 1.8 million square feet of space, equivalent to 31 football fields.
- Each tower floor has 144 exterior glass panels.
- Includes 805,000 square feet of glass, equal to almost 17 football fields.
- The center has 50 elevators and 117 rest rooms.
- The project required 123,000 cubic yards of concrete, enough for more than 7,200 average-sized residential driveways.
Size comparison with Tulsa structures
Devon Energy Center (OKC): Nearly 850 feet high, 50 stories
BOK Tower (Tulsa): 667 feet high, 52 stories.
CityPlex Tower (Tulsa): 648 feet high, 60 stories.
Original Print Headline: State of great heights
Devon Energy employees watch from an upper floor of the rotunda as confetti falls on guests at the conclusion of a commemoration ceremony for the Devon Energy Center in Oklahoma City on Tuesday. PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND / The Oklahoman
Larry Nichols (center), Devon Energy executive chairman, pulls a pin on a ribbon during a commemoration ceremony of the Devon Energy Center on Tuesday along with Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett (left), Devon president and CEO John Richels, Gov. Mary Fallin and building architect Jon Pickard. PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND / The Oklahoman