Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rand Elliott Reveals Idea for Energy-Efficient Skyscraper in Downtown Oklahoma City

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rand Elliott Reveals Idea for Energy-Efficient Skyscraper in Downtown Oklahoma City

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Rand Elliott has plans for a new downtown Oklahoma City skyscraper that looks like a top. And it spins.

But right now it's just an idea.

Elliott is calling the building plan Turbinomic. His renderings show an office tower with spinning turbines and a stainless steel skin that would derive much of its power courtesy of the Oklahoma wind.

The idea came about from an international skyscraper design competition Elliott entered in January. Elliott did not win, but he said something better happened.

The design contest motivated Elliott to start looking more seriously at an office tower that could generate some or all of its own power. He said most office buildings are energy hogs and in planning future buildings those projects must be more energy- efficient. His tower would be energy-efficient from top to bottom.

Working with him on the design elements is an engineering team at Oklahoma State University. Research from OSU showed the average wind speed in Oklahoma is 12.2 miles an hour. With 13 mph winds hitting the tower, Elliott said it could generate 10 percent of its own power. Wind speeds of 28 miles per hour would generate all of the building's power.

"It will be energy-neutral," Elliott said. …

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