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Old July 13th, 2010, 04:34 AM   #581
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kinda a spinoff but not really,Sandridge Energy in Downtown OKC will spend 100 Million$ to build a couple of midrises and a couple green plazas,The buildings will have rooftop pools,putting greens,and green spaces!but in this process they will demo a few historic gems-one of wich is The oldest downtown structure,there is alot of debating,appeals,and hearings on this as this project while nice,will be destroying density and historical buildings!
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Project 180 is a three year, $140 million redesign of downtown streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas to improve appearance and make the central core more pedestrian friendly. It begins in August and is mainly paid for from the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) from construction of the Devon Tower.

MAPS 3 was also passed last year which is a $777 million project and will include
-A new, approximately 70-acre central park linking the core of downtown with the Oklahoma River. The park would include a restaurant, lake, amphitheater, dog park, skating rink and other amenities. ($130 million)
-A new rail-based streetcar system of 5 to 6 miles downtown, a downtown transit hub to link streetcar, commuter rail and bus systems, and possibly increased funding for the building of commuter rail lines. ($130 million)
-A new downtown convention center on the south edge of downtown near the proposed park. ($280 million)
-Sidewalks to be placed on major streets and near facilities used by the public throughout the city. ($10 million)
-57 miles of new public bicycling and walking trails throughout the City. ($40 million)
-Improvements to the Oklahoma River, including a public whitewater kayaking facility and upgrades intended to achieve the finest rowing racecourse in the world. ($60 million)
-State-of-the-art health and wellness aquatic centers throughout the city designed for senior citizens. ($50 million)
-Improvements to the State Fair Park public buildings, meeting halls and exhibit spaces. ($60 million)
-Contingency funds to cover unforeseen costs ($17 million)
Very interesting!
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Old July 13th, 2010, 06:57 AM   #582
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ohh and The entire Myriad Gardens are being overhauled,not just The Crystal(cylindrical)Bridge!and also there is going to be a huge ampitheatre right infront of The Devon Tower!
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Old July 13th, 2010, 07:34 AM   #583
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OKC is leading the way in urban redevelopment. Healing the wounds of the 70s and 80s one multi-million dollar project at a time. Awesome, awesome stuff.
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Old July 13th, 2010, 09:06 AM   #584
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I wonder how far away it will be seen once it's complete. I know driving in to OKC from Tulsa on 44 I could see the antenna farm on a clear day about 20 miles out and at night maybe the same distance if not farther... a red light show in the sky. I think most of the antenna are close to 1k feet right? and devon is 850?
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Old July 13th, 2010, 02:14 PM   #585
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I wonder how far away it will be seen once it's complete. I know driving in to OKC from Tulsa on 44 I could see the antenna farm on a clear day about 20 miles out and at night maybe the same distance if not farther... a red light show in the sky. I think most of the antenna are close to 1k feet right? and devon is 850?
You can see The tip of The Chase tower,which is only 500ft,from West Norman!Thats around 25 miles!I guess it's just a matter of elevation!
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Old July 14th, 2010, 09:29 AM   #586
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To answer the spin-off question, in the last 3 years we've actually seen a HUGE drop off in smaller infill projects--partly due to the economy, but mainly due to all of the dramatic change in downtown. We're seeing every downtown street being redesigned, two new downtown parks, new public spaces, new Devon Tower, new streetcar system, new riverfront, new convention center, I-40 is being moved further south, new museums being built right now, major new medical center projects, a newly renovated Ford Center for the NBA team, new diagonal streets being added to the grid in places (with traffic circle intersections), and just a ton more.

All of this overwhelming change is causing developers to want to wait a year or two for it to become clearer how things will be impacted. This could have been avoided if we put every single one of these things into a new downtown comp plan, but that would have cost a fortune in planning resources and we've already spent a fortune on planning the individual aspects, bringing in every urban design panel and specialist available to speak here. What's more is we haven't even yet reached a consensus on the convention center location or how wide the new main downtown boulevard should be (because people who don't understand urbanism keep insisting on potentially disfunctional proposals).

There WAS however a huge build-up in private infill projects that led us to this point. But right now we have literally jumped off the cliff and it's going to take some time before the dust settles, and there is just so much construction downtown right now that it is going to stymie everything else for the time being. Our new motto should be "Pardon our dust" or something to alleviate what will become a head ache-inducing of construction sites. I really can't think of any recent examples of U.S. cities that have experienced what we're fixing to see in OKC, which is nothing short of a complete rebuilding in a very short time period. In 2013 downtown OKC will be completely unrecognizable..in 2020 it will be positioned to become a Tier 2 leader (among cities like Denver, KC, Nashville, Indy, San An, Tampa, Portland, Minneapolis, etc..).
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Old July 15th, 2010, 12:26 AM   #587
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ALL of OKC's activity reminds me of another old saying.... " It'll be a nice place to visit, IF they ever get it finished. "
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Old July 15th, 2010, 10:57 AM   #588
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Looks great
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Old July 15th, 2010, 02:10 PM   #589
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Wait a minute is that this building, sticking out the ground like that? I got a feeling I'm missing something
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Old July 18th, 2010, 02:05 AM   #591
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Huh? I don't get what you're missing.
Maybe he just can't believe that this beautiful building is actually getting build in a city like Oklahoma.
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Old July 18th, 2010, 03:36 AM   #592
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Maybe you mean the City of Oklahoma City. That is the name, even if it may seem redundant. But it's a good thing that people are so surprised it's being built here, maybe it'll encourage them to look how well the city has progressed.

Pretty soon the floors will begin flying up. After the 6th or so floor the floor-heights decrease from about 21' to about 16'. They're currently on the 5th I believe.
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Old July 18th, 2010, 04:25 AM   #593
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i know this is an office tower, but with all the redevelopment going on in OKC are they going to be any residential buildings in the future. i'm assuming not many people live in the city's downtown.
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Old July 18th, 2010, 05:56 AM   #594
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i know this is an office tower, but with all the redevelopment going on in OKC are they going to be any residential buildings in the future. i'm assuming not many people live in the city's downtown.
i think this building will bring alot more prosperity to downtown, its gonna raise land values nearby and through profits made from the building they will redo the whole town basically making the whole place more appealing, i think it will become a midwest Charlotte, and in so it should get residential building I'd assume! especially if the streets are going to be nicer, this building is basically OKC's BOA HQ
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Old July 18th, 2010, 06:07 AM   #595
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A wonderful design and a fine trophy for Oklahoma City. Can't wait 'til it's finished.
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Old July 20th, 2010, 06:53 AM   #596
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i know this is an office tower, but with all the redevelopment going on in OKC are they going to be any residential buildings in the future. i'm assuming not many people live in the city's downtown.
Some rumors of high-rise residential buildings, but nothing serious. Several high-rise office conversions into residential lately, though. The number of residences in downtown proper has increased by about 3,000 units in the last 5 years, and there is a lot more demand for medium-priced rental units. Historically (last 50 years) almost no one has lived in downtown, now people are flooding into downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods as fast as walls can be built or old homes can be fixed up. The new streetcar system will hopefully encourage even more residential development.

Basically, Devon Tower is getting built at the end of a huge wave of residential construction in downtown, but we will likely have another wave in of major residential construction in about 2-3 years when some infrastructure questions are settled and national housing/lending markets are settled. Lots of things on the shelves of architects and developers.
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Old July 20th, 2010, 07:05 AM   #597
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An update from username Devonshire from okctalk.

from a week ago
-Crews are currently framing the third floor of the east podium, which is due north of the tower.
-About two-thirds of the tower’s fifth floor has been poured. Crews recently began framing the sixth floor.
-Crews are finishing the exterior foundation wall to prepare for the framing and pouring of the site’s ground level. This level will eventually cover the basement and areas surrounding the tower, podium, rotunda and auditorium. The level will be covered with sod, landscaping, granite and water features upon the project’s completion.
-Framing has already begun for the ground level due south of the tower.
-Crews are currently pouring the foundation for several areas of the basement.
-Concrete for the first portion of the loading dock has been poured.
-Did You Know? The tower currently stands about 70 feet above ground level, and rises 90 feet from the basement floor.
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Old July 20th, 2010, 07:30 AM   #598
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No I know it was getting built but I haven't been in the thread, for a few months. I just can't believe how much they got done already.
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Old July 27th, 2010, 01:29 AM   #599
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Finishing up the 6th floor on the tower and also getting work done on podium.

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Old July 27th, 2010, 02:40 AM   #600
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ive been asked to draw up a diagram of devon tower
hope this is ok.
please tell me if not.
i worked out 50 floors = 4.6m/15ft each floor?
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