Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Mishap at Devon Energy Tower in Oklahoma City: Piece of Metal Falls, Hits Nearby Building

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Mishap at Devon Energy Tower in Oklahoma City: Piece of Metal Falls, Hits Nearby Building

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A large piece of metal from the Devon tower construction site downtown came crashing through a window of a law office on the 13th story of a neighboring office building Monday evening, raining broken glass onto a courtyard below.

Attorney Kenneth Tillotson had just ridden the elevator down to the lobby of the Corporate Tower building, 101 N. Robinson Ave., from his office at the Phillips Murrah law firm on the 13th floor at about 7:20 p.m. on Monday when he heard a loud crash.

Exiting the south side of the building, he saw shards of broken glass scattered across a grassy courtyard that butts up against the back of the $750 million, 50-story Devon Energy corporate headquarters construction site at 333 W. Sheridan Ave.

"There was glass raining down and a big piece of metal fell out onto the grass," Tillotson said.

Looking up, he realized there was a gaping hole on the side of the building 13 stories up where the reception area of the Phillips Murrah office is situated.

Taking the elevator back up to his office, Tillotson discovered the Phillips Murrah lobby covered in broken glass. The crash left a jagged hole 3 to 4 feet wide in a window.

The piece of flying debris from the Devon site was a 1-by-3-foot piece of concrete formwork that became dislodged by high winds, said Gavin Kalley, project director for Devon tower contractor Holder- Flintco.

Wind gusts of up to 32 miles per hour were recorded Monday evening at Will Rogers World Airport and a high-wind advisory was in effect for the area earlier in the day, according to the National Weather Service in Norman.

Work crews had just gone through a series of routine safety checks on Monday evening to ensure all building materials on the Devon site were secure when a gust of wind tore the formwork free.

"We immediately investigated to make sure this did not happen again and immediately responded to the incident at Corporate Tower," Kalley said. …

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