UPDATE: Jan. 24, 2024: The country’s tallest building could be built in Oklahoma, after developer Matteson Capital and designer AO revised plans for the 134-story residential skyscraper proposed for downtown Oklahoma City, according to a Jan. 19 press release shared with Construction Dive.
If all goes ahead as planned, the redesigned skyscraper, now named the Legends Tower, will reach 1,907 feet, instead of the originally planned 1,750 feet. The figure 1907 is symbolic, marking the year Oklahoma became the 46th state.
The new height will make it over 130 feet taller than the country’s current tallest building, New York City's One World Trade Center. The developer is requesting a height variance for the new design, and the project must still go through several approvals.
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A 134-story residential skyscraper has been proposed in downtown Oklahoma City as part of the Boardwalk at Bricktown development, new renderings show.
However, the tower is far from a sure thing.
Developers Matteson Capital and Thinkbox want to build out the Bricktown entertainment district with housing, businesses, luxury hotels and a variety of other amenities. The new development will go up just a block from a proposed site for a new $900 million arena that will house the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, which the city just approved.
Early renderings by Orange, California-based AO Architects released Dec. 14 and shared by KFOR show the overall development: a 22-floor, 480-key Hyatt Dream hotel; two 23-floor apartment buildings with 764 residential units; and a 134-story luxury apartment tower with 1,528 housing units overall including 48 units of affordable housing, plus two floors of retail space.
The plan for parking structures, hotel and two apartment buildings is moving ahead, and this $700 million first phase of construction could start next year. Greeley, Colorado-based Hensel Phelps is the general contractor, according to the renderings, with engineering support from German firm Siemens and New York City-headquartered Thornton Tomasetti.
Right now, the skyscraper portion is a concept that would move forward “if the market is there,” Kenton Tsoodle, CEO of the Alliance for Economic Development, told Fox 25 News. If the tower is completed as planned, it would become the second-tallest building in the country, behind only New York City's One World Trade Center, and twice the height of Oklahoma City’s current tallest building, the Devon Energy Center, according to The Oklahoman.