Independent oil and natural gas producer Devon Energy Corp. received approval on Wednesday to build its new world headquarters: a 54-story, 925-foot high office tower in the heart of Oklahoma City. Upon completion, the skyscraper will be the tallest building in all of Oklahoma, surpassing even Tulsa's 52-story Bank of Oklahoma Tower.
The proposed 1.9 million-square-foot building is slated to break ground in third quarter of 2009 with completion expected in 2012. Situated on a unique triangular base at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and Hudson Avenue in Oklahoma City, the mammoth structure will be adjacent to the historic Colcord Hotel building. Devon plans to purchase the hotel along with the development site.
The project has been registered with the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) program and is aiming for LEED certification. Green features will include floor-to-ceiling vision glass with possible sunshading devices, under-floor air distribution, gray-water irrigation and an on-site cogeneration plant.
Several glass-enclosed atria spaces will surround the tower, including a six-story rotunda that will act as the primary entrance to the building, and areas for retail/restaurant tenants.
A two-acre park, a living pool filled with aquatic life and a pavilion help to further enhance the development.
Development manager Hines is leading a team that also includes Gensler, Kendal Heaton Associates and Cushman Wakefield, while a joint venture between The Office of James Burnett and Murase Associates is handling the landscaping. Pickard Chilton Architects is designing the project.
Devon will consolidate its Oklahoma City operations into the new headquarters, moving in 2,200 employees upon the building's completion. Devon estimates that the tower will eventually house more than 3,000 employees.