Devon Energy earns green building certification for Oklahoma City headquarters

Devon Energy Center has earned gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design under a rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
by Jay F. Marks Modified: April 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm •  Published: April 22, 2013

On the day when Devon Energy Center was certified as the largest building in Oklahoma to earn gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Executive Chairman Larry Nichols shared a little secret.

He said Monday the new 50-story headquarters of Devon Energy Corp. can almost be too green.

Sometimes birds like sparrows or grackles find their way into the tree-lined rotunda that greets Devon employees and guests, and then don't want to leave, Nichols joked.

Nichols' comments fit the jovial mood Monday as a representative of the U.S. Green Building Council presented him with a plaque marking Devon Energy Center's green building certification.

“We wanted this building like we operate our oil and gas fields,” Nichols said. “We operate our oil and gas fields in the most environmentally responsible way possible.”

Rhiannon Jacobsen, the council's director of strategic accounts, praised Devon and developer Hines for their leadership in the green building movement.

She said the Devon Energy Center, which she called an “incredible project,” is the largest building to earn gold LEED certification in Oklahoma and among the top 10 percent worldwide.

The 1.8 million-square-foot complex was built on a former Brownfield site with an eye toward sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

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by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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Notable features of the building

Three-panel glass windows that let in a lot of light but little heat or cold

Heating, air and lighting systems that adjust with outdoor conditions and as people enter and exit offices and meeting rooms

Low-flow fixtures that conserve water inside

Landscapes that require minimal irrigation outside

The building's construction and operation have incorporated recycling programs, and all the wood furniture is from a certified sustainable forest program

Carpets and materials are designed to maximize air quality indoors. Outdoors, the “heat island effect” of the concrete parking structure that once stood on the site has been dramatically reduced

SOURCE: Devon Energy Corp.

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