The big drill bit in the sky

Oklahoma City’s Devon Energy revealed plans today for a 54-story glass tower downtown, and Steve Lackmeyer was there to get the particulars:

Devon Tower

The building floors will range from 25,000 to 28,000 square feet. The tower will appear to float in the reflecting pool that rings its base. Several glass enclosed atria spaces will be incorporated within the development. The focal point of the space is a six-story glass rotunda, located in line with the Harvey Avenue access drive, which will serve as the primary pedestrian entrance for both Devon employees and the general public.

Architect Jon Pickard explains:

“There is an important north-south axis. It connects from downtown Oklahoma City to the river.”

Pickard said the building is designed to accentuate that axis.

And how soon is this coming?

Devon hopes to start construction by the third quarter of 2009.

Well, I like it.

Update: This sucker is going to be 945 feet tall. Tulsans will note that this is five percent taller than Jesus, according to Oral Roberts.


  1. McGehee »

    20 August 2008 · 12:06 pm

    It’ll look as though the Chinese drilled for oil and struck Oklahoma.

  2. Jeff Shaw »

    20 August 2008 · 3:22 pm

    That’s really awesome. Is there a river in Oklahoma City?

  3. Tat »

    20 August 2008 · 3:49 pm

    McG: word!

  4. CGHill »

    20 August 2008 · 4:37 pm

    “Is there a river in Oklahoma City?”

    There is now.

  5. mike »

    23 August 2008 · 7:05 pm

    What? Eighteen-foot ceilings?

  6. CGHill »

    23 August 2008 · 8:49 pm

    Mostly, it’s 15, with 20s at top and bottom and a 60-foot spire at the top.

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