Devon Hall, at OU, is not to be confused with Devon Tower in Oklahoma City. However, it is dedicated to the same Devon Energy Company.
Devon Hall is one of my personal favorite buildings on the campus. As a computer science major, I’ve spent many, many hours in that building: attending classes, meeting in the team rooms, and working on homework in the large, open areas. One of my favorite aspects of Devon is the abundance of natural light that streams in through the windows covering most of the southern wall.
The team rooms in Devon are unique on OU’s campus. Each team room is outfitted with a projector, a table, and a whiteboard, perfect for working on team projects and presentations. Although there are other buildings that have rooms that can be reserved for team work, the majority of the team rooms in Devon have at least one or two glass walls. This contributes to a feeling of openness and space, both inside the team rooms and outside. It also is intended to encourage familiarity between the varying disciplines of engineering, by getting teams to work more out in the open. I’m not sure how effective it was at this part, but I definitely appreciated the open feeling of the team rooms. In addition, all the glass made it feel more spacious, and even the smallest team rooms didn’t feel claustrophobic or uncomfortably small.
My first encounter with Devon Hall was on a special engineering tour before I was an OU student, where we toured the Rawl Engineering Practice Facility and Devon Hall. Both of those buildings are relatively new, and I recall hoping that I would have at least a few classes in Devon. (At the time, I was expecting to pursue mechanical engineering, but little did I know that I would later switch to computer science and have most of my main classes in Devon.)
Although I’m now finished with all my CS classes, Devon remains one of my favorite buildings on the OU campus.