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Old October 10th, 2014, 12:21 PM   #1
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OKLAHOMA CITY | OG&E Energy Center | 123m | 405ft | 120m | 395ft | 116m x 2 | 380ft x 2 | 26 fl x 2 | 25 fl x 2 | Pro

http://newsok.com/residential-towers...rticle/5349013

Clayco, based out of Chicago, has been contracted by Rainey Williams to design a new headquarters for Oklahoma/Arkansas utility company Oklahoma Gas & Electric. (OG&E). However new plans were unveiled by Clayco on October 6, 2014 proposing a redevelopment of the entire block.

Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Developer: Clayco
4 towers: 2 twin office towers and 2 residential


OG&E HDQ: 405'
Office Tower 2: 395'
Residential 1: 380'
Residential 2: 380'

Part of the plan included demolishing the Brutalism marvel Mummers Theater, designed by John Johansen of the famed Harvard Five. After much controversy, the Mummers met it's demise much like it's Baltimore cousin, the Mechanic Theatre.











Note that in the massing model presented with Clayco's plans, there are two other towers depicted on the long speculated and rumored Predtakes Block. This Clayco proposal may just be the beginning as it is rumored Pickard Chilton will be involved in one of the two rumored towers.



All images are courtesy of OKCTalk.com, although the plans are in public domain via the RFP presentation.
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Old October 10th, 2014, 07:56 PM   #2
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This is massive for Oklahoma City and from what I gather, it's just a warm up act for even bigger towers to come!
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Old October 10th, 2014, 09:48 PM   #3
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This is massive for Oklahoma City and from what I gather, it's just a warm up act for even bigger towers to come!
Definitely. Especially since the proposal by Clayco includes massing models that depict a much larger and taller tower on an adjacent site directly across the street. This site also happens to have been long rumored for a potential tower, housing spec. space and Devon Energy's ever growing presence. [Devon has already filled its two year old 850' tower and is leasing space in several other downtown locations]

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Old October 10th, 2014, 10:25 PM   #4
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Conservative, but elegant twins. Should make 'em about 150-200 feet taller to help make Devon Tower look more proportionate on the skyline. It's a great building design, but man it just dominates that city.
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Conservative, but elegant twins. Should make 'em about 150-200 feet taller to help make Devon Tower look more proportionate on the skyline. It's a great building design, but man it just dominates that city.
Well said. A very tasteful development which helps to bridge the old stuff of OKC and Devon Center.
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Old October 11th, 2014, 01:39 AM   #6
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They are set to start construction next spring on the north side of the block.
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 12:38 AM   #7
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The office towers are beautiful! I love the classy yet modern style.
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Old December 24th, 2014, 09:23 PM   #8
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If oil prices continue to fall, will this get put on hold?
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Old December 24th, 2014, 11:25 PM   #9
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They demolished this wonderful building for that faux-historicist crap?




Goodbye, Stage Center
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Designed by the John M. Johansen of Harvard Five acclaim. Strikingly similar to Boston's Mechanical Theatre and the tower they are replacing it with.

I believe both were designed by Johansen. Unfortunately the Stage Center lost it's fight after years of no use, lack of community support and events since the day of it's opening, and a recent flood destroying the basement of the structure and local theatre's costumes, props, etc. Preservation Oklahoma even fought against demolition but OKC seems to be no more alienated from Urban Renewal than it was in the 60s.

Clayco and OG&E had obviously had their eyes on this site for a while.
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If oil prices continue to fall, will this get put on hold?
I wouldn't think so. OG&E is an electrical utility company serving most of Oklahoma and parts of Arkansas. Two of the towers in this development are residential, one is for OG&E, and the other is speculative space for lease. From which our CBD specifically lacks quality Class-A space due to downtown growth. Even our Natural Gas and Oil giants Devon, Chesapeake, Sandridge, Continental, among quite a few others, should be able to withstand the cheap price of oil for at least a while.
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There also another proposal right across the street from these towers too. Hopefully Prefaktes block changes their plans and try's to save a few of the older high rises they want to demolished.
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They demolished this wonderful building for that faux-historicist crap?
They demolished this piece of Pei & Partners Brutalism in DC for another Bob Stern:







Most people prefer faux-historicist crap to brutal concrete crap.
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Those brutalist buildings do not age well. Gray, dull and delapidated. I've been to OKC and the major problem is the dull and grim look. Between a billion highways and brutalist buildings, it looks downright depressing. Thank goodness for the Devon Tower.
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Old January 4th, 2015, 11:01 PM   #15
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Those brutalist buildings do not age well. Gray, dull and delapidated. I've been to OKC and the major problem is the dull and grim look. Between a billion highways and brutalist buildings, it looks downright depressing. Thank goodness for the Devon Tower.
I can literally count the amount of brutalist buildings downtown with less than one hand, even more so now that The Stage Center is gone. And the same goes for our "billion highways", which may I add is not unique to Oklahoma City or any American city for that matter. You're entitled to your opinion (slant) but it's subjective at the very best.

Although I do agree that our skyline would benefit from some added diversity. But that's exactly what's happening. Isn't it? 5 New towers announced in less than two months? Have you seen Midtown, Deep Deuce, Film Row, or Bricktown flourish the past couple years? Have you seen our ultra modern and Olympic-designated Boathouse Row? Have you driven through our stately, tree-lined, historic neighborhoods? Have you witnessed the revitalization of Plaza and Uptown/23rd? Did you know every street in Downtown has been/will be torn up and replaced with brand new streetscape? Have you seen the wonderfully urban Myriad Gardens after they were revamped? Have you been to anyone of the 4 lakes that are within city limits? Sailed at Hefner? Watched a sunset at Overholser? Kayaked in the river? Barhopped in one of our many urban districts? Visited any of our beautiful suburbs like Edmond or Norman?

Sorry for the drawn out rant but my point is if you haven't been to OKC, or any city for that matter, within the past few years then your opinion on it is as dull, grim, outdated, and NULL as the Stage Center (Mummers Theatre) itself. RIP. A city constantly evolves, it is not static.

But that information is available elsewhere and this thread is about the OG&E Center, not the opinion of the city or downtown as a whole.
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Trying to shed a tear for the demise of the Stage Center.

Can't do it.
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Goodbye, Stage Center
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While it may look good over the internet, In person it wasn't the marvel you're making it out to be, It was falling apart, and always suffered from some kind of damage/issue....
Oh. And it aged horribly.
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They demolished this wonderful building for that faux-historicist crap?
Donate your eyeballs to science as you obviously have no use for them.
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i think it is a good trade
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While it may look good over the internet, In person it wasn't the marvel you're making it out to be, It was falling apart, and always suffered from some kind of damage/issue....
Oh. And it aged horribly.
That's what restorations are for. People have rebuilt entire castles from derelict piles of rock and mortar.
I'm sick of this tired excuse to knock down icons.

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Donate your eyeballs to science as you obviously have no use for them.
Go back to your pastiche thread, it seems to be the only place where you're not spewing some sort of insult.
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