I must confess that I don’t know anything about Oklahoma City, but it seems there is a very nice riverfront district that has been undergoing redevelopment over the past several years with three boathouses and a high-performance center in the Regatta District alone. All architecturally interesting, the newest of these boathouses is the Devon Boathouse completed in 2011. Home to the Oklahoma City University Rowing and Canoe/Kayak teams as well as the headquarters for the OKC National High Performance Center, the Devon Boathouse, designed by Rand Elliott of Elliott + Associates Architects, makes for a striking image against the downtown skyline. Its sharp corner creates the impression of a “prow” breaking against the river’s edge.
Expansive windows make for soaring spaces, created by glass and polycarbonate walls, which are flooded with natural light and views. Blue LED lights light up the boathouse at night, adding another dimension to the already dramatic building.
In its 33,000 sq. feet, the boathouse includes reception, event spaces, catering facilities, high performance fitness center, propulsion rowing tank, endless pool, high altitude training room, weight room and locker rooms as well as boat storage and repair area.