ConocoPhillips Woodcreek Campus
Pickard Chilton Architects, Inc.
W.S. Bellows Construction
Location & Year
Houston, TX, 2009
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This project involved the redevelopment and expansion of an existing sixteen-building, three-story corporate campus in Houston’s energy corridor constructed in the early 1980’s. The master planning, addition and remodeling respect the character of the notable original campus architecture while adapting the facility to better meet the client’s current needs and goals.
The redevelopment master plan moves parking from surface lots to structured garages, allowing more efficient land use and improved pedestrian circulation. New buildings flanking the existing assemblage of buildings provide large floor plates and high volume spaces to house amenity and workplace functions that cannot be accommodated in the existing structures.
The new 110,000 square feet Reception and Fitness Building provides the client with a gracious and welcoming entry to the campus appropriate for a world-class corporation. The building also provides a first-class natatorium, and fitness and wellness center as an amenity for the client’s employees. The existing pedestrian bridge that connects all buildings in the campus is extended to a new 2600 car parking structure and the Reception and Fitness Building.
The remodeling of the 800,000 square foot existing buildings includes the restoration of the building exterior and improvements to the pedestrian circulation spine. The large 15 foot wide awnings that are a prominent architectural feature of the existing complex are retained, but the existing fiberglass shade panels are replaced with translucent glass. The result is that the appearance of the existing buildings is “like-new” and day-lighting is improved in the existing office spaces shaded by the awnings.
The existing pedestrian bridge connectors and at-grade walkways are remodeled to improve visual way-finding clues and increase day-lighting. In order to enhance the quality of the campus life and better utilize existing outdoor facilities, the master plan calls for the existing lakes and landscape to be significantly remodeled to create outdoor spaces for employee dining, walking and exercise. An outdoor event courtyard adjacent to the new Reception and Fitness Building is created to accommodate large employee gatherings and events.
2010 AIA Connecticut Built Projects Excellence Award