BOk Tower Turns 30

Tulsa’s 52-story Bank of Oklahoma Tower celebrated its 30th year on Nov. 1. The 667 ft. tall building, is the tallest in Oklahoma.
The Williams Cos. broke ground for the building on Dec. 19, 1973. It was the brainchild of John H. Williams, then the company’s chairman and CEO. Construction began in the summer of 1974.
On Nov. 1, 1976, the building opened two months ahead of schedule. BOk employees were the first to move in. Williams employees began arriving two months later in January 1977.
The total cost of the Bank of Oklahoma Tower was $86 million. Each floor comprises two-thirds of an acre. From the building’s upper floors, a clear day affords a view that extends 40 miles in every direction.
Today, six major employers make their home in the building. These firms include the BOk, Magellan Midstream Partners, Ernst & Young, TXOK Energy Resources, Conner & Winters and Williams.
The occupancy rate in the building stands at about 80 percent. Approximately 250,000 SF of office space is available.
In addition to office space, the tower features fitness facilities, a 1,000-seat cafeteria, a Hallmark store, a Stems Flower Shop, a kiosk that serves Starbucks Coffee, a post office, medical clinic, a WilServe Credit Union and a 350-seat presentation theater.
Williams is celebrating the tower’s 30th anniversary with a $6 million makeover. The company already has replaced the original marble on the building’s facade with granite and is in the process of completing a new health club for tenants.

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