AO and developers revise speculative Oklahoma City supertall to make it tallest building in U.S.

Matteson Capital and AO, the developers and architect behind a new mixed-use development, Boardwalk at Bricktown, have come back from the drawing board with a new skyscraper design in Oklahoma City. This time around, the proposed supertall stands 1,907 feet, an homage to the year Oklahoma was admitted as the 46th State of the Federal Union, 1907. Amid the Oklahoma successionist movement that kicked off in 2017 this new symbolic height would make the skyscraper the tallest in U.S. history concretizing Oklahoma’s place in the Federal Union.

The tapering edifice that AN reported on in December reached a meager 1,750 feet. This new symbolic height would make the skyscraper the tallest in U.S. history—a total 131 feet taller than the Freedom Tower, whose 1,776-foot height is named for the year the first 13 colonies gained independence from Britain. Take that SOM and Benjamin Franklin!

The Legends Tower still needs to be approved of a height variance by the planning council. (Courtesy AO)

The Boardwalk at Bricktown spans approximately five million square feet and would be loaded with a 480-key hotel, a new NBA arena for the Oklahoma City Thunder, a lagoon, observation decks, and more. The supertall, dubbed the Legends Tower, is one of four tentative towers slated for construction in downtown Oklahoma City designed by AO, a California office.

The smaller three each rise to 345 feet. The Legends Tower is still awaiting height variance approval from city planning. The top floors of the Legends Tower will proffer a public observatory, and a restaurant where visitors can take in sweeping views.

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Street level of Boardwalk at Bricktown (Courtesy AO)

“Crafting a project of this significance is an honor, and the collaborative process with the City, Matteson Capital, Hensel Phelps, and a top-notch team of engineers, consultants, and development partners has been exceptional,” said Rob Budetti AO managing partner. “Managing the intricacies of such a project, ensuring seamless integration of all components, is a significant challenge. Fortunately, this aligns with one of AO’s core strengths.”

Scot Matteson, CEO of Matteson Capital, added: “Oklahoma City is experiencing a significant period of growth and transformation, making it well-positioned to support large-scale projects like the one envisioned for Bricktown,” Matteson said. “We believe that this development will be an iconic destination for the city, further driving the expansion and diversification of the growing economy, drawing in investment, new businesses, and jobs. It’s a dynamic environment and we hope to see The Boardwalk at Bricktown stand as the pride of Oklahoma City.”

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