The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 December 2004

Form following fugly

The Oklahoman reports that the new Dell facility on the North Canadian Oklahoma River at I-44 will have an entryway designed to look like a Dell computer.

"This," says Mayor Cornett, "will send a progressive message, a message that we have a presence of high tech industry."

Um, Your Honor, sir, we're not trying to lure American Standard here, are we?

Posted at 10:00 AM to City Scene

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it would be interesting to see the fire escape design for the American Standard shop.

Posted by: Joe at 11:01 AM on 21 December 2004

This is hysterical!!! It's kinda like the Longaberger basket building. American Standard wouldn't be so bad, not as bad as Trojan or maybe a company that makes electric/electronic marital enhancements aids/hardware. (is THAT vauge enough?)

How would you like to be given directions that included that building? "head south until you see this huge thing that they are erecting, and turn left."

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 1:03 PM on 21 December 2004

Well, it's not as though Dell's form factor has changed dramatically over the years, but in 20 years, isn't the entrance going to look a little, quaint, to say the least?

If they had built it 10 years ago, would it have had a (purely decorative) LED display with a "66" which you could boost up to "100" by pressing the TURBO button?

Posted by: Dan at 2:34 PM on 21 December 2004

"This," says Mayor Cornett, "will send a progressive message, a message that we have a presence of high tech industry."

Well, okay, Mr. Mayor. I must admit that it SOUNDS good to say this and, yes, the Dell logo will look nice on the building; but the fact is that it is just another call center that happens to service a computer manufacturer. If we were to land a call center for Kraft, should Wisconsin worry about our surging presence in the cheese industry?

Posted by: Mike S. at 4:59 PM on 21 December 2004

Hrmph. The southern end of a northbound mule is a "presence", as well.

Posted by: unimpressed at 6:22 PM on 21 December 2004