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Old March 2nd, 2009, 08:03 PM   #121
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Thanks for the love from Seattle... Mostly we just get hated on from you Pac Northwesterners...
Ignore it. All the Sonics issue did was spread ignorance among our cities regarding the other city.
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Old March 11th, 2009, 05:11 AM   #122
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Ignore it. All the Sonics issue did was spread ignorance among our cities regarding the other city.
Precisely.

And Shane answered all your questions. Yes this project is a go and money should not be an issue for Devon. All that is against this tower now is time actually.
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Old March 12th, 2009, 11:07 AM   #123
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If that Devon Headquarters is built, it'll remind us of the Pittsburgh Skyline at the time when the US Steel Tower was first built in 1970. It's more than 100m meters taller than the existing tallest building in Oklahoma City.
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Old March 21st, 2009, 11:23 PM   #124
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I have very mixed emotions about this beauty. As a fellow Oklahoman, i congratulate you. As a Tulsan, I hope it doesn't get completed.
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Old March 22nd, 2009, 01:04 AM   #125
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Really like this....classic design but contemporary enough to satisfy future planning......
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 05:56 AM   #126
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I have very mixed emotions about this beauty. As a fellow Oklahoman, i congratulate you. As a Tulsan, I hope it doesn't get completed.
It would look much better in Tulsa no? haha.
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Old March 26th, 2009, 02:26 AM   #127
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Actually i think it would! Tulsa has a great skyline as it is. Wouldn't it look great next to Oral Robert's Tower? Haha no. It would seriously look great in Tulsa though! There's some great building spots in Tulsa (parking lots) downtown!
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Old March 27th, 2009, 09:30 PM   #128
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Actually, it probably would look better in Tulsa. It wouldn't stick out of context with the existing skyscrapers as bad; heighth wise. But I think all other sources point towards Oklahoma City.
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Old March 29th, 2009, 09:22 PM   #129
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Of course it would look better in Tulsa. We have more height than bulge like OKC does. What if the cityplex towers and the Devon Tower were in downtown Tulsa? Tulsa would have a crazy skyline.
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Old March 30th, 2009, 09:54 PM   #130
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I love this tower...my kind of architecture.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 11:30 PM   #131
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it will look amazing, and will spark more developments, OKC will fill in the height difference in the upcoming years
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Old March 31st, 2009, 11:39 PM   #132
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one other thing, kinda corny, but everyday i drive by downtown and just try to imagine what its going to look like from every angle. It is so exciting, its funny b/c my girlfriend is tired of hearing about it but we will be driving to a movie downtown and i will say just think in a few years it will look completely different down here! i tell her to take the chase building and put it on top of itself and thats basically the size of building we're looking at.... she doesn't care but i find it so freakin exciting, can't wait for construction to start.... not too long now!!!
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Old April 1st, 2009, 05:56 PM   #133
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Wow, very nice design... ! The atrium impresses a lot !
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Old April 4th, 2009, 06:34 AM   #134
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Devon has already started site prep work on the property. And as world construction prices go down, the likelihood of Devon Tower being built goes up. Devon has already had the cash set aside for the project, and now it looks like it will cost less than they have planned for.

Scrapped skyscrapers benefit Devon
Construction Costs for tower may drop
BY STEVE LACKMEYER
Published: April 3, 2009

Planned skyscraper projects are being scrapped around the world, leaving Devon Energy looking at significant potential cost savings as it proceeds with construction of its 54-story world headquarters.

Klay Kimker, Devon’s corporate services manager, is aware that some local residents worry the economic downturn will claim its tower, as well. But both Kimker and Chief Executive Officer Larry Nichols say the project is still on track.

"We were very hopeful when we started the project that costs might go down,” Kimker said. "There were some indications that some of the pricing was high historically. And obviously any reduction in cost is of benefit to Devon and to the project.”


Devon estimated the tower’s cost at $750 million when project designs were unveiled in August. Kimker said any cost savings won’t be known until after a contractor is hired. Interviews with the top two finalists are ongoing and a choice is expected within weeks.

John Wood, project manager with Hines, the tower developer, thinks speculative skyscraper construction will be a lot less common in the future.

Two years ago, as Devon was preparing to make public its plans for a tower, skyscrapers were being announced across the country in what was a "go-go economy,” Wood said. Lenders, he said, were fueling the construction with aggressive interest rates and terms.

"There has been a fundamental shift in how real estate projects are capitalized,” Wood said. "And there are definitely a lot of people out there who think it’s a permanent shift.”

Wood, however, thinks towers — like the one to be built for Devon Energy — will continue to be built as companies look to modernize their workspaces.

Competition heats up
Just a year ago, Oklahoma contractors were worried about labor shortages and some public works jobs had to be readvertised because of a lack of bids.

That may be changing. Douglas Tapp, executive director of the Oklahoma Association of General Contractors, is already seeing out-of-state companies bidding for local jobs.

"Obviously, there’s not as much work as there was eight months to a year ago,” Tapp said. "We’re still doing OK. Most are feeling fairly comfortable through this year. The problem they (Oklahoma contractors) are running into is there isn’t enough work coming out on the bid board now that will carry them into next year.”

Tapp said the industry is waiting to see how much of the Devon tower project employs local labor. The project, he said, might be timed perfectly with the expected drop in jobs.

"We’re pretty comfortable there will be some of our state players involved,” Tapp said. "I’m not privy to how they’re going to split it up. You would hope that once the big tower gets going and started, it might trigger some other entities to start their work.”
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Old April 4th, 2009, 08:19 AM   #135
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That's great news. I'm very excited about this tower. Any pics of the future site would be appreciated by all!
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Old April 4th, 2009, 08:36 AM   #136
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Wow such a tall tower for such a small city.
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Old April 5th, 2009, 07:20 PM   #137
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That's great news. I'm very excited about this tower. Any pics of the future site would be appreciated by all!
Where the fire truck is in this picture:



The blue and white parking garage has been purchased from the city for $18 million and it will be where we see the first construction as Devon builds additional levels on top.

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Old April 5th, 2009, 11:30 PM   #138
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Wow such a tall tower for such a small city.
OKC has over half a million people. Hardly small.
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Old April 5th, 2009, 11:32 PM   #139
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thats a small city, compared to San Diego. That's what i meant (in my mind) hehe
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Old April 5th, 2009, 11:35 PM   #140
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I know you meant population but in area OKC is one of the 3 largest cities in the US...a little known fact.
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