Pickard Chilton

Oklahoma City

Devon Energy Center in Oklahoma City sets a shining example for investing locally. Founded in 1971, Devon Energy, an independent oil and natural-gas exploration and production company, quickly grew to over 2,000 employees who were spread out across five different aging buildings downtown. The company needed to consolidate. But rather than relocating, management insisted on staying in Oklahoma and building from the ground up. “We could see in future years the city was going to be great,” says Klaholt Kimker, the company’s vice president of administration.

The company’s new headquarters, by New Haven'based architects Pickard Chilton, is defined by a 50-story tower, surrounded by several low-rise components, that has quickly solidified the Devon brand and become an emblem of the prairie town’s recent renaissance. But creating a complex that would include the city’s tallest building was not the initial goal of Devon executive chairman Larry Nichols, notes principal Jon Pickard. “By following the logic of meeting Devon’s business needs, we were able to create something that was compelling and could in fact become a key symbol for Oklahoma City, and it turned out to be a 50-story tower,” he says. Recruiters cite the building—a poster child for density and targeted for LEED Gold—as a major factor for attracting talent, with applications up by 40 percent.

Integrating into the city’s fabric to create a civic space was another Devon goal. Nichols insisted that the ground level be open to the public. A soaring rotunda buzzes with employees during the workday, but also with tourists and locals passing through. A caf' connects to a sun-filled seating area that leads to a public green space. As the project developed, the company asked the city to form a tax-increment-financing district to improve the adjacent Myriad Gardens and to upgrade downtown streetscapes. A deal was struck, and Devon lent $95 million to speed up the work, with more money added by the city.

In the end, the architects say pragmatism was a key driver. “We wanted to create a beautiful building, but at the same time, we respect silly things like efficiency and practicality,” says Pickard.

Design Architect: Pickard Chilton — Jon Pickard, William D. Chilton, Anthony Markese, partners in charge; John Lanczycki, project manager

Programming and Interior designer: Gensler

Size: 1.9 million square feet (gross)

Cost: withheld

Completion date: December 2012


Formal name of building:
Devon Energy Center

333 W. Sheridan,
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Completion Date:
December 2012

Gross square footage:
1.9 million gsf

2900 cars


Devon Energy Corporation

Development Manager:

Design Architect:
Pickard Chilton
980 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
PH: 203.786.8600
F: 203.786.8610

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Partners in Charge:
Jon Pickard, FAIA
William D. Chilton, FAIA
Anthony Markese AIA

Project Manager: John Lanczycki, AIA

Design Team: Nancy Clayton, AIA, Rodney Nelson, Russell Wilson, AIA Randolph Miles, M. Michael McElderry, Nicholas Berube, Robert McClure, William Traill, Jonathan Aprati, Stephanie Rogowski, Michael Hara

Architect of record:
Kendall / Heaton Associates Inc.
3050 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 1000
Houston, TX 77056

Patrick Ankney AIA principal-in-charge
Rex Wooldridge AIA principal, Scott Hughes AIA
Wayne Liu, Matt Upchurch, Anne Yonke AIA, Sharon Giles AIA, Vincent Nguyen AIA, Jessie Palacios, James Benton, Alejandra Perez, Rosa Uceda-Kelly, Kelly Robichau

Programming and Interior designer:

Principal in Charge: Judy Pesek, FIIDA

Project Director: Ted Kollaja, AIA, RID, IIDA

Project Design Director: Paul Manno, AIA, IIDA

Project Designers: Mark Harder, IIDA, RID; Kelly Moore, IIDA, RID

Project Architect: Scott McAllister, AIA, RID

Job Captain: Kelly Hannon, IIDA, RID

FF&E Director: Jennifer Griesbaum, IIDA, RID

Team: Amanda Kendall, IIDA, RID, Beth Kelly, RID, IIDA; Denise Bates, IIDA, RID; Hye Ree Kim; Yeshica Marroquin, IIDA, RID

Structural: Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection and Information Technology: Cosentini Associates

Landscape: The Office of James Burnett Murase Associates

Water Features: Fluidity

Lighting: Quentin Thomas Associates, Inc.

Art Walls: James Carpenter Design Associates

Graphics and Wayfinding: Lorenc + Yoo Design

Food Service: William Caruso & Associates

Acoustical: Cerami Associates

Vertical Transportation: Persohn/Hahn Associates, Inc.

Real Estate Advisor to Owner: Cushman Wakefield Company

Civil: Smith Roberts Baldischwiler, LLC

Building Security & BMCS: HMA Consulting

Curtain Wall, Roofing and Waterproofing: Morrison Hershfield

Building Maintenance: C. S. Caulkins

Garage Design & Operation: HWA Parking

LEED: Integrated Environmental Solutions, Limited

Geotechnical Engineering: Professional Services Industries, Inc.

General contractor:
Holder-Flintco Joint Venture

Alan Karchmer
3400 Patterson Street NW
Washington, DC 20015
202 244-7511

Joe Aker / Aker Imaging
4710 Lillian
Houston, Texas 77007
713 862-6343

CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Autodesk Revit, Autocad, Cadvance



Structural system
Concrete: Holder-Flintco Joint Venture self perforrmed

Structural steel and AESS: Hirschfeld

Cast in Place Concrete frame with post tensioned beams/girders, Structural Steel frame with cast in place concrete over metal deck in limited locations

Exterior cladding
Masonry: Dolese Bros. Co.

Metal Panels: Permasteelisa/M.G. McGrath, Inc.

Metal/glass curtain wall: Permasteelisa Viracon

Rainscreen stainless steel panels: Permasteelisa/M.G. McGrath, Inc./Firestone

Precast concrete: Metromont

Waterproofing: CETCO

Curtain wall: Permasteelisa

Other cladding unique to this project: Novum Cable Net Wall, Rotunda Oculus, & Art Glass Wall installation, Bendheim Channel Glass Wall, Permasteelisa Structural Glass Fin Curtain Wall.

Window & Skylight Coverings:

Built-up roofing: Carlisle Syntec

Elastomeric & Sheet: CETCO

Metal: Firestone

Glass: Viracon

Skylights: Super Sky Products, Inc.

Entrances: Crane Revolving Doors, Permasteelisa/Pohl, Permasteelisa/Ellison-Bronze

Metal doors: CECO, Steward

Wood doors: Eggers, Custom Stile and Rail Doors by Fetzer Architectural woodwork

Fire-control doors, security grilles: Wondoor, Cookson, Overhead Door Co., Albany Door Systems

Locksets: Schlage

Closers: Rixon, Opcon, LCN

Exit devices: Von Duprin, Blumcraft

Pulls: Elmes, Blumcraft, Rockwood, DIRTT

Security devices: Gunnebo

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings: Armstrong Base Building, Armstrong; Techzone System, Ultima

Suspension grid: Armstrong Base Building, Armstrong; Techzone System, Silhouette 9/16” Bolt Slot w/ '” Reveal

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Fetzer Architectural Woodwork

Veneer: Dooge, Bacon, Bohlke

Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams, PPG. Installed by Specialty Finishes and Statewide Painting.

Wall coverings: Tri-Kes, Maharam, Innovations, Knoll, Carnegie-Xorel, Carnegie

Stretched Fabric Wall panels: Design Tex, Maharam, Knoll, Unika Vaev, Luna, Pallas Textiles, Carnegie-Xorel

Leather: Edelman

Paneling: Fetzer Architectural Woodwork, and OnSite Woodwork Corporation: Teak Quartered, Figured and Non Figured, Mozambique, solid stock, Walnut, Flat Cut, Macassar Ebony, Terra Mai reclaimed Teak siding

Plastic laminate: Wilson Art, Pionte, Formica

Solid surfacing: C3 Surfaces Rover Quartz, Cambria USA

Special surfacing: Cesar Stone

Stone veneer and flooring: Subcontractor and Installer - ASI and Tiede Zoller. Suppliers - Henreaux, MGI, GEM Granites, DAWA, Xie Jian, and CHS Floor and wall tile cite where used: SuperGres ' Toilet Room walls and floors, Ann Sacks ' Toilet Room vanity walls

Horizon Tile Tower Community Space Floor, Wellness Center Floor,
Ann Sacks Board Room Pantry & West Podium ServeryFloors
Ann Sacks Tower Accent walls, Servery walls, Wellness Center walls
Interceramic Servery & Catering Floor American Tile Restrooms Floors and Walls
Concept Surfaces Aravalli walls, Wellness center Floor
Porcelanosa Podium walls
Dal Tile Servery walls
Royal Mosa Wellness Center Walls
Stone Source Servery walls
Walker Zanger Flooring

Resilient flooring: Johnsonite, Armstrong, Tajima Flooring, Flexco, Forbo, Johnsonite,

Carpet: Interface, ConstantineMilliken, Invision, Wool carpets by Bellbridge, Shaw

Raised flooring: Haworth

Special interior finishes unique to this project: Cafco WB 3 Intumescent Fireproofing. Installed by Specialty Finishes. Figla glass floor and stair treads Art Glass Wall ' Depp acid etched glass, Schott dichroic glass, Tri-Pyramid metal fittings and Pohl aluminum panels Elevator glass wall ' Pulp Studio

Terrazzo: American Terrazzo

Interior Glass: Goldray, Old Castle

Wood Ceilings: Architectural Components Group, Inc.

Wood Flooring: Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company

Athletic Flooring: Softpave

Translucent resin panels: 3Form

Other: Claridge Markerboards

Office furniture: Demountable Walls: DIRTT

Private office casegoods, task chairs & workstations: Steelcase

Private Office side seating: Bernhardt

Workstation side seating: HBF

Reception furniture: Lobby Chairs B&B Italia

Fixed seating: Auditorium Series seating

Chairs: Conference chairs Keilhauer

Tables: Wood tables: Decca Glass tables: Prismitique Mobile tables: Bernhardt

Upholstery: Custom color in orifices Bernhardt textiles

Other furniture: Community Break area: Knoll chairs and Bernhardt tables

Dining “Nebu” area: Geiger chairs, WCI tables, Martin Brattrud benches

Outdoor Furniture: Jane Hamely Wells

Interior: Amerlux, Kurt Versen, USA Illumination, Winona, Specialty Lighting Industries, Nippo, Bega, Philips Color Kinetics, Focal Point Lighting, RSA Lighting and Nulux, Lite Control, Zumtobel, Bartco Lighting, Alkco, Phillips, Edison Price Lighting, California Accent Lighting, Inc., 3Form Light art, Lithonia Lighting, Hatco, Foscarrini, Brightline, Inc., Workrite Ergonomics, Inc., Columbia Lighting, Global Lighting, Tom Dixson, ETC, Lighting Services Inc, WE-EF Lighting USA, Inc., IO Lighting, Hubbell Lighting, Lightolier, FlosUSA, Louis Polsen, All Lighting Ltd, Artemide

Exterior: Boca Flasher, Winona Lighting, Weef, Bega and Lumascape

Dimming System or other lighting controls: Lithonia, Wattstopper, Lutron, Crestron

Elevators/Escalators: Schindler, cabs by EMCO

Accessibility provision lifts, ramping, etc.: Garaventa Lift

Plumbing fixtures
Sinks, Water Closets, Urinals: Kohler with Zurn flush valves

Faucet sets: Sloan

Drinking Fountains: Elkay

Other unique products that contribute to sustainability:
Temptrol custom Air Handling Units serving underfloor air. Nailor floor swirl diffusers. Telaire CO2 sensor / transmitter.