Devon Energy Corp. Executive Chairman Larry Nichols on Friday was awarded the Environmental Protection Agency's Phoenix Award for building the Devon Energy Center on a formerly polluted brownfield site.
“This is a tremendous project,” EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus said of the Devon Energy Center. “You had a site with contamination. You could have left it the way it was, but it takes a great vision and a great partnership to realize the tremendous asset of not only the property, but also the value of re-energizing downtown and re-energizing the community with this project.”
The EPA cited Devon's efforts to recycle the materials in the previous structure and to construct the new building with energy efficient features.
“It's a surprise to us to get this award because we are an oil and gas company,” Nichols said.
“To get an environmental award of this prestige from the EPA is a testament to what we did with this building. It's not anything we anticipated getting. We were surprised and delighted to receive it.”