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Devon Energy Center Rises Over Oklahoma City

Despite one of the toughest winters on record, Hines, the developer of the new Devon Energy Center in downtown Oklahoma City reported that the tower is on schedule and just passed 500 feet on its way to 850 feet and 50 stories making it the tallest structure in Oklahoma.

NewsOK.com reported some interesting stats about the building scheduled for first occupancy in 2012.  The main entrance to the building will be a rotunda which will be as tall as the nearby 12-story Colcord Hotel.  The tower will also feature a public Garden Wing with restaurants, shops and trees, as well as a 285 seat auditorium.  It was originally planned to rise to 54 stories, but after revisions it is now scheduled to be 50 floors.

Devon, an Oklahoma City based company, hired Holder Construction from Atlanta, GA and Flintco Construction from Tulsa, OK as the project’s joint general contractors.  They were awarded the contract because they promised the shortest interruption to downtown area parking.  In a May 2009 video report by Oklahoma City’s News 9, Flintco’s Mark Grimes talks about the importance of this project to the company.

Flintco is a Native American owned commercial contractor firm with offices in 7 cities across 6 states.  They were previously the general contractor on several other downtown Oklahoma City projects including the Ford Center which was completed in 2002 and the extensive renovations to the Civic Center Music Hall.

You can see photos of the Devon Energy Center construction progress on a blogspot.com page by “Construction Man”.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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