America's Tallest Skyscraper, Legends Tower, Approved for Construction in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City approves construction of Legends Tower, a 134-story skyscraper set to become the tallest building in the US, transforming the city's skyline and attracting investment.

author-image
TrimFeed Report
New Update
America's Tallest Skyscraper, Legends Tower, Approved for Construction in Oklahoma City

America's Tallest Skyscraper, Legends Tower, Approved for Construction in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City has given the green light for the construction of Legends Tower, a 134-story skyscraper that will become the tallest structure constructed in the United States. At over 1,900 feet tall, the tower will dwarf the city's current tallest structure by more than double. Despite a last-minute design change to increase the height, construction is set to begin in just two months.

The Legends Tower is part of a larger $1.6 billion development called the Boardwalk at Bricktown, which will include four towers in total along with hotels, apartments, entertainment venues, shops, and restaurants. Developer Scot Matteson has secured $1.5 billion in financing for the ambitious project, which he believes will transform Oklahoma City into a "worldwide hub."

While some local residents have expressed skepticism about the tower's ability to withstand Oklahoma's severe storms and tornadoes, the project's architect Rob Budetti assured the city's Planning Commission that the design, featuring reinforced concrete walls and windows, can withstand natural disasters. The commission unanimously approved removing height restrictions for the Legends Tower, enabling construction to proceed.

Why this matters: The Legends Tower will dramatically alter Oklahoma City's skyline and potentially attract significant investment, businesses, and jobs to the area. As the tallest building in the U.S., it could also become a major tourist attraction.

Upon completion, the Legends Tower will surpass the One World Trade Center in New York City and the Willis Tower in Chicago to claim the title of America's tallest skyscraper. It will also rank as the fifth tallest building in the world, behind structures in Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Mecca. "We are confident in the vision and design of this groundbreaking development," Matteson stated, emphasizing the tower's role in Oklahoma City's continuous evolution.

Key Takeaways

  • Oklahoma City approves 134-story Legends Tower, tallest US structure.
  • $1.6B Boardwalk at Bricktown development with 4 towers, hotels, shops.
  • Legends Tower to surpass One World Trade Center as US's tallest.
  • Architect assures tower can withstand Oklahoma's severe storms/tornadoes.
  • Legends Tower aims to transform Oklahoma City into a "worldwide hub".