Wednesday, October 7, 2015 5:00 pm
A corporate project that greatly enhanced downtown Oklahoma City with a six-story central atrium, a 50-foot tower, civic spaces, parks, plazas, and more has won a global award as an outstanding development project from the international Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Devon Energy Center is one of 10 winners of ULI's Global Awards of Excellence, picked from 22 finalists named earlier this year. Among the 10 winners, there are five from the United States, two from China, one from France, one from the United Kingdom and one from Sweden. The full list, and a video featuring all 10, is below.
The Global Awards for Excellence, which started in 1979, are widely recognized as the development community's most prestigious awards program, according to ULI. Selection criteria for the winners include achievements in construction, economic viability, marketing, management, community impact and design, according to the video.
The Devon Energy Center, which was designed by Pickard Chilton and consolidated Devon's OKC workforce into a 1.8-million-square foot facility, noted the ULI when it named Devon a finalist. While the award references the corresponding 50-foot Devon Tower that transformed Oklahoma City's skyline, its description mainly description focuses on the center's features.
"Devon Energy Center creates a focal point for the company and Oklahoma City by integrating civic-scaled spaces as a vital component of its overall development," reads the website. "The height and richly textured curtain wall of the Devon Energy Center provide a defining presence throughout the city, offering a subtly changing presence on the skyline while seamlessly integrating the historically significant 110-room Colcord Hotel into the site’s composition."
The 10 real estate developments that received Global Awards for Excellence from ULI are: