Arriving late one evening recently at Santa Fe Station on Amtrak's Heartland Flyer gave one a great view of the new Devon Energy tower fully illuminated in various colors on Oklahoma City's downtown skyline. The size and beauty of this imposing office building was so impressive it prompted me to consult the 2012 World Almanac, which revealed the following in putting into perspective just how significant this latest addition to the Oklahoma City skyline really is:
At 844 feet, the Devon tower is the tallest skyscraper along the entire Interstate 40 route that runs from California to North Carolina.
It's also the tallest skyscraper on I-35 between Dallas and the Canadian border.
During construction, it was the tallest office building being built anywhere in the U.S. next to the construction of the World Trade Center buildings in New York City.
Stated another way, only a dozen U.S. cities have office buildings exceeding the height of our own Devon tower. One can't find a taller office structure on the skylines of Austin, Boston, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, Phoenix, Portland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, San Diego, San Antonio, Tampa or Tulsa.
This magnificent building is just another “concrete” example that shows to the world that Oklahoma City is indeed reaching new heights.
Dean Schirf, Harrah
Schirf is a former vice president of government relations for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.