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)
Completion date: December 2012
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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
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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
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection and Information Technology: Cosentini 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.
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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
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
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:
Elastomeric & Sheet: CETCO
Skylights: Super Sky Products, Inc.
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
Closers: Rixon, Opcon, LCN
Exit devices: Von Duprin, Blumcraft
Pulls: Elmes, Blumcraft, Rockwood, DIRTT
Security devices: Gunnebo
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
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,
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
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
Exterior: Boca Flasher, Winona Lighting, Weef, Bega and Lumascape
Dimming System or other lighting controls: Lithonia, Wattstopper, Lutron, Crestron
Accessibility provision lifts, ramping, etc.: Garaventa Lift
Faucet sets: Sloan
Drinking Fountains: Elkay
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