Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Devon Energy Celebrates Completion of $1.5 Million Renovation

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Devon Energy Celebrates Completion of $1.5 Million Renovation

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Devon Energy on Thursday celebrated the completion of its yearlong, $1.5 million renovation of the building that houses its headquarters.

Devon owns the Mid-America Tower, 20 N. Broadway, and occupies 13 of the building's 19 floors. About 1,000 of Devon's employees have offices there. This year, Devon moved to the top of the list as the largest independent operator and producer of oil and gas in the nation. A $5.3 billion merger with Ocean Energy brought the total enterprise value of the company to $20.5 billion, according to The American Oil & Gas Reporter.

Devon officials had set out more than a year ago to correct a potential safety hazard - unusually short stairs at the north entry. It then occurred to them that the building, which was completed in 1981, had what Senior Vice President of Administration Marian Moon described as a "'70s vintage look." Also of concern was the fact that the Devon name and the building's address were nowhere to be seen from the street.

Today at 20 N. Broadway, a black granite gateway arch, measuring 27 feet high by 32 feet wide, bears the Devon logo and address. The Devon logo has been introduced to the downtown skyline with three lighted logos near the top of the building, which appear on the east, west and south sides. Twenty-six building up-lights each pour 1,000 watts of light up the sides of the building, creating a dramatic profile in the night.

The granite theme is continued with 17 squared columns measuring three square feet each, 220 linear feet of street-side planters and 60 linear feet of outside seating. The dark granite is offset by 10 new lacebark elm trees, which are also lit at night, and greenery and flowers in the planters and in the center medians on Broadway and Main Street. Devon has committed to maintaining the landscaping in the street medians.

Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys and Fred Hall, chairman of both Fred Jones Cos. …

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