WPX Topping Out Ceremony Marks Major Milestone in Downtown Tulsa Development

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MAYORAL SIGNING: Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum adds his signature to the topping steel beam at the WPX topping out ceremony.

Mayor G.T. Bynum participated in a topping out ceremony in June at the new 11-story WPX Energy Headquarters building located at 222 N. Detroit Ave.
The building, which was originally intended to be the home of WPX Energy, is scheduled for completion near year-end, with office and commercial space expected to be ready for prospective third-party tenants during the first quarter of 2022.
“This project will be a tremendous asset for Downtown Tulsa, and specifically in Greenwood and in the Tulsa Arts District,” Bynum said. “It is a first-class facility, and I am grateful for the team at Devon and their commitment to building a structure that will attract economic growth to Tulsa.”
The site includes 245,000 square feet of office space, 15,000 square feet of commercial space, nearly 700 parking spaces and 24/7 security.
The project is being developed on the former Spaghetti Warehouse site on the city block bounded by Detroit Ave. and M.L.K. Jr. Blvd. to the east and west, and East Cameron St. and Reconciliation Way to the north and south.
Jared Andresen with Commercial Oklahoma, an Alliance Firm of Cushman & Wakefield, is leading the effort to lease space. Prospective tenants can reach Andresen at (918) 359-3522 or jandresen@commercialoklahoma.com.

GOING UP: The final beam for the WPX building flies high during the topping out ceremony.

The building’s aesthetics pay homage to the area’s use of materials and detailing, with a facade comprised of brick, steel and glass to compliment the rugged character of early warehouses. The project also incorporates green space, trees, lighting, benches, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, and streetscaping consistent with Tulsa’s Downtown Area Master Plan.
Most prominently, the development includes a public plaza and pathway through the middle of the property connecting Guthrie Green and John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park.
Major contractors include Flintco (Construction Manager, Tulsa), BB+M Architecture (Charlotte) and Wallace Engineering (Structural and Civil Engineering, Tulsa).

About WPX
Tulsa’s WPX Energy announced their headquarters project in the summer of 2019 before agreeing to merge with Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The merger closed earlier this year, with 150 of WPX’s Tulsa employees agreeing to relocate to Oklahoma City to work for the combined company at Devon’s headquarters. Devon Energy continues to acknowledge the importance of the building and is working with the City and its community partners to identify tenants for the new, 11-story office building.