Sysco Office Facility
HOK (Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, LP)
D. E. Harvey Builders, Inc.
Location & Year
Houston, TX, 2008
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Focusing on Sysco’s corporate priorities of innovation, sustainable design, simplicity and value, this project links two simple glass boxes – one twelve stories and the other eight – with a glass pedestrian bridge that crosses a street. The exterior sunshades and glazing modulate energy consumption and maximize natural light. An under-floor air system provides improved thermal comfort, better indoor air quality, reduced energy use and greater flexibility. To reduce the need for irrigation, maintenance and energy usage, the campus is landscaped with natural prairie grasses and wildflowers instead of a manicured lawn. The Sysco facility has been certified LEED Gold.
The construction of this facility allowed the client to consolidate their administrative operations from several buildings in the vicinity of the project site into a single integrated campus and provide needed employee and corporate amenities. The facility is planned as two mid-rise buildings, and two parking structures to allow for the relocation of departments in two phases. The project includes a master plan for further expansion of the campus with future buildings and parking structures.
Employees were moved from an existing low-rise building and other nearby building into the new first phase tower. This move then allowed the existing low-rise building to be demolished and replaced by a new mid-rise tower. The two new buildings are connected by a new pedestrian bridge at the second floor. The existing data center in the existing low rise building was retained and remained in continuous operation during the construction of the amenities wing of the new second phase tower around it.
2008 USGBC Houston Area Chapter’s award for outstanding environmental team.