Corporate Headquarters is Catalyst for Development: Devon Energy Center, Oklahoma City

Session: Track B: Urban Habitat Award: Single Site & 10 Year Award

Larry NicholsJon PickardProject image

Larry Nichols
Chairman Emeritus, Devon Energy Center
Oklahoma City

Jon Pickard
Principal, Pickard Chilton
New Haven

Since its completion, the 52 story, LEED-NC-Gold project has consistently met the needs of Devon’s business, its employees, and the community. It’s forward-thinking planning has allowed Devon to remain competitive and profitable while accommodating growth, as evidenced by their 2020 acquisition of WPX Energy. On-site, landscaped parks and plazas were key design elements as well as a 130-foot Rotunda that serves as its primary entrance and circulation hub. Exceeding expectations, the project has endeared itself to the community as downtown’s “living room” and the Rotunda hosts programmed events year-round engaging the community.

The Devon Energy Center’s continued success as a corporate headquarters is perhaps best evidenced by its serving as a benchmark for similar developments being undertaken by corporations worldwide. These have included Dominion Energy, Northwestern Mutual, HPE, and East Japan Rail. The project’s most remarkable take-away for these organizations is its inviting openness at ground level. The extraordinary value that the development has contributed, and continues to contribute, to Oklahoma City cannot be underestimated. Most notably, the project has been credited as the catalyst for nearly $3 billion of commercial development in the city, including corporate and publicly-funded developments. The tower has become a beloved icon for Oklahoma City

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