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User currently offlineOuboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4599 posts, RR: 22
Posted (6 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3960 times:

Devon Energy rolled out their plans today finally for their new HQ in Downtown Oklahoma City. The building will be 54 stories, primarily glass, and will be among the top 20 tallest buildings in the country. Completion will be in 2012, about the same time other major projects will be done or coming to a close - Ford Center Arena upgrades for the NBA Team, the I-40 relocation about a half mile south of its present location, etc.

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2008/08/20/ap5342588.html

http://www.newsok.com/article/3286266/

Here are some pictures taken/uploaded by a local OKC blogger who posts on OKCTalk.com.





This image is a bit bigger, so will just link it...this is the floor plan looking down:
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a49...esskit_10_siteplanbuildingview.jpg

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User currently offlineBoeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3957 times:

I love it!

By the way, what NBA team is moving there?



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User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3954 times:



Quoting Boeing757/767 (Reply 1):
what NBA team is moving there?

Seattle Sonics....

Nice to see the new addition to downtown OKC, but completion in 2012? That's pretty soon!

UAL


User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3941 times:

Very nice design... but I don't see how a 54 story building could be one of the top 20 tallest buildings in the country.


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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2244 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3931 times:



Quoting TWFirst (Reply 3):
I don't see how a 54 story building could be one of the top 20 tallest buildings in the country.

It's going to be around 925 feet tall...so a very tall lobby and/or tall slab-to-slab heights



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User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3930 times:

There are several buildings in the US with only 50-55 stories that rank as some of the tallest buildings in the US. Remember, the number of floors doesn't always equal height.

UAL


User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2244 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

Correct UAL...look at Comcast Center (tallest building in Philly) - 975 feet/57 floors


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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3906 times:



Quoting Homer71 (Reply 6):
Correct UAL...look at Comcast Center (tallest building in Philly) - 975 feet/57 floors

or the Detroit Marriott which has 70 floors but is only 727 feet (221m).*



Still the tallest hotel in North America and 12th in the world.

http://www.emporis.com/en/bu/sk/st/tp/ty/ho/


User currently offlineMOBflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1209 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3881 times:

That is awesome! Major projects such as those are major source of local unity/pride in the community. The RSA Tower in Mobile is the tallest building on the Gulf Coast outside of Houston (including New Orleans, Tampa, and Ft. Myers) and is the tallest building in Alabama. I recall how we very much anticipated its crowning and such. (Though two hurricanes delayed its completion significantly.

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 7):

Still the tallest hotel in North America and 12th in the world.

I guess you mean tallest hotel-only building? The RSA Tower in Mobile is 35 stories, the bottom ten of which are of the Battlehouse Hotel. It is 745 feet tall.


User currently offlineOuboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4599 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3879 times:

Some more information here: http://blog.newsok.com/okccentral

One of the parts I like is they will connect to the Myriad Botanical Gardens, and help to expand and update it to make it all blend together. The Myriad Gardens is best known for their Crystal Bridge (tube) building.

Some other pics from Doug's site...

This is the main rotunda area, which will be public access. The flecting pool that surrounds the tower is on the right.



Scale wise...here is how it fits into Downtown OKC. The tallest building there now is on the right of this picture, the Chase Center.









User currently offlineOuboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4599 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3879 times:

Double post.

f iller

[Edited 2008-08-20 15:09:11]

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26487 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3854 times:



Quoting MOBflyer (Reply 8):

I guess you mean tallest hotel-only building? The RSA Tower in Mobile is 35 stories, the bottom ten of which are of the Battlehouse Hotel. It is 745 feet tall.

The "height" of that tower is a joke. A huge portion of the height is unusable, unlike One Shell Square. Nevertheless, Trump New Orleans will be taller.



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User currently offlineOuboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4599 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3851 times:



Quoting MOBflyer (Reply 8):
That is awesome! Major projects such as those are major source of local unity/pride in the community. The RSA Tower in Mobile is the tallest building on the Gulf Coast outside of Houston (including New Orleans, Tampa, and Ft. Myers) and is the tallest building in Alabama. I recall how we very much anticipated its crowning and such. (Though two hurricanes delayed its completion significantly.

Definitely. Ideally this will prove to be a huge catalyst to get the Core2Shore project moving. In 2012 when I-40 is relocated further south of Downtown, the land area of the central business district will be almost doubled. The plans are quite extensive. The next major project that will probably start close to the time the other projects are finished, is the new mass transit/light rail system in the early stages now.

The first map is the existing view from above with the new road/highway layouts. The "new at-grade blvd" is the current I-40 location which is completely elevated right now. The new I-40 to the south will be below grade and much wider than the current 6 lanes it is right by downtown.

http://okc.gov/planning/coretoshore/core_to_shore_full_size_map.jpg

This is the redevelopment concent in place now. Obviously it doesn't have the new Devon Tower in it, but the location will be at the top of the graphic (in the middle) just north of the Myriad Gardens...or "southwest" of the R in redevelopment.

The plans include a new convention center, a new "central park" like area, and additional hotel/residential/commercial properties all the way to the "shore" of the Oklahoma River.

http://okc.gov/planning/coretoshore/visuals/September07_Land_Use.jpg

Here is a video from the state of the city speech this year with fly throughts and better graphics to give the feel of the type of building they want there.

http://www.okc.gov/ch_20/CC20Programs/c2sSOC.wmv


User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3841 times:

OKC is really focusing on downtown at the moment, which I think is really great. If anyone remembers downtown 20 years ago, there was nothing of interest there, aside from the Myriad. It was basically a ghost town, with everything being North of downtown in areas like Penn Square, and recently in areas like Quail Springs, where I live. Huge growth over here.

But, we need a great downtown and it started with the MAPS project and I hope we start to see more movement back toward the downtown area for business, residential, and commercial real-estate. I still remember when bricktown was just old warehouses, now look at it. (Though I try to avoid it because it is so crowded and full of out-of-towners).

Glad to see we are moving forward, and awesome video. Especially with Gershwin in the background.

UAL


User currently offlineMOBflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1209 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3789 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 11):
The "height" of that tower is a joke. A huge portion of the height is unusable, unlike One Shell Square. Nevertheless, Trump New Orleans will be taller.

The crown is unusable, but that doesn't constitute a "huge" portion of the height. What did you mean?

Trump New Orleans will be taller, and truth be told, MSY and BHM should theoretically have larger buildings than MOB, due to sheer size and white collar industry.

However, RSA is interested in more downtown development, including some plans that could surpass the RSA Tower in magnitude.


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50
Reply 15, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3775 times:

A 925 footer for OKC....damn. Many cities would love to have one that tall.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 11):
huge portion of the height is unusable, unlike One Shell Square

All 51 floors of one One Shell Square are in commercial use. Of course, the building is ugly as sin, but they have a lot going on in that building....although Place St. Charles has it beat in terms of amenities.


User currently offlineABQ747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 850 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3774 times:



Quoting Ouboy79 (Thread starter):
The building will be 54 stories, primarily glass, and will be among the top 20 tallest buildings in the country.

That looks awesome! ABQ will be getting a new skyscraper soon also. It is called The Residences at Packard Place, and will be 40 stories and about 500-550 feet tall. It is a twin-tower design, and construction should start next summer.



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User currently offlineOuboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4599 posts, RR: 22
Reply 17, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3758 times:



Quoting ABQ747 (Reply 16):
That looks awesome! ABQ will be getting a new skyscraper soon also. It is called The Residences at Packard Place, and will be 40 stories and about 500-550 feet tall. It is a twin-tower design, and construction should start next summer.

One of the benefits of being in the middle of the country away from the harder hit portions of the country.


User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3737 times:

Congrats to OKC. That's an impressive looking building.

Quoting ABQ747 (Reply 16):
That looks awesome! ABQ will be getting a new skyscraper soon also. It is called The Residences at Packard Place, and will be 40 stories and about 500-550 feet tall. It is a twin-tower design, and construction should start next summer.

Only 30 floors. Ground level with retail, 8 floors of parking, community floor, and 20 floors of condos above that. It will still be the tallest building in downtown ABQ, and looks like it could have a lot of empty space toward the top of the towers which will add to the height.
http://www.bluedotcorporation.com/development_pages/packardplace.htm



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User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3700 times:

OUboy79,

So by judging on the digital image of the building, the eastern side will run along EK Gaylord and will be placed south of the Scirvin? Is that correct? There is a parking garage there (i think), so will that be demolished?

UAL


User currently offlineOuboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4599 posts, RR: 22
Reply 20, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3690 times:



Quoting Ual747 (Reply 19):
So by judging on the digital image of the building, the eastern side will run along EK Gaylord and will be placed south of the Scirvin? Is that correct? There is a parking garage there (i think), so will that be demolished?

Wrong side of Downtown.

It will be along Sheridan on the south, across from the Myriad...the Colcord Hotel to the east...parking garage on the north...and Hudson on the west.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en...262406480646.000455010650c475f7578

The garage on the north side will have 5 additional decks added to it on the west side I believe. The first level will then be converted to some retail, but also a health club for employees.


User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2688 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3680 times:

I wish Minneapolis would have a taller building. The three tallest buildings in Minneapolis seems to be the same height (around 50 floors).


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User currently offlineABQ747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 850 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3675 times:

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 18):
Only 30 floors. Ground level with retail, 8 floors of parking, community floor, and 20 floors of condos above that. It will still be the tallest building in downtown ABQ, and looks like it could have a lot of empty space toward the top of the towers which will add to the height.

Blue Dot Corporation has been saying they want Packard Place to be at least 30 stories. The ABQ City Council recently approved plans for a 40 floor 500 foot tall twin-tower design.   Blue Dot needs to update its website.

Some guy who claims to work for the City of Albuquerque has posted some information about it in the City-Data forums:
http://www.city-data.com/forum/albuq...rque/343841-abq-10-15-years-8.html

[Edited 2008-08-21 18:22:33]


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User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3641 times:



Quoting ABQ747 (Reply 22):
The ABQ City Council recently approved plans for a 40 floor 500 foot tall twin-tower design.   Blue Dot needs to update its website.

Very interesting. I wonder what other large projects are on the horizon for downtown ABQ. It makes sense to build up since the city is boxed in on 3 sides, limiting the potential to grow out.



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User currently offlineSuper80DFW From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 1694 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (6 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3611 times:

That will top the Bank of America Tower in Dallas by about 2-3 feet. What will happen with the Tower that Devon is in now? Does Devon own the current tower, or do the lease/rent space?


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25 Ouboy79 : It's leased, and Devon actually has space in 5 buildings downtown. They are working with the owners and city officials to make sure they are filled w
26 Super80DFW : Would DELL possibly want to add extra office in the buildings in Downtown, or would they stay at their current campus?
27 UAL747 : Dell bought plenty of land to expand their campus west of downtown. They seem to prefer the campus-like structure over tall buildings because all of
28 Super80DFW : I know there is the Cox Convention Center in Downtown, where is the actual corporate headquarters of Cox? It may not even be in Oklahoma.
29 Post contains links Ouboy79 : Dell is down to around 1000 employees at the OKC campus now, down from the 2500 they were once at. Majority of the building B is empty, and plans for
30 Ual747 : I've always thought about this as well. Other than the apartments and lofts near bricktown, there is nothing directly downtown that is residential. (
31 N1120A : Huh? Want to explain that?
32 Steeler83 : And that is a VERY nice building! You know they want to build one even taller right across the street from it? It will be named American Commerce Cen
33 Ouboy79 : I think the steady economies of the areas in the south central US speak enough about that. OKC was also named #1 most recession proof in the nation b
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