That floating central portion of the new gateway “Energy Center” planned for the entrance to ExxonMobil’s just-acknowledged new office campus in Spring only looks like it’s touching down after an outer-space tour of possible new energy sources. Or is the structure’s “Look, Ma, no feet” stance meant to communicate the company’s attitude toward whatever stuff might be lurking on the ground — or below it? The welcome center, which will include a reception area, training and conference facilities, and a formal restaurant, “has been designed to represent the ExxonMobil brand for the long term,” an internal company memo declares. Well, hello up there!
The campus was planned and designed by New Haven architects Pickard Chilton, with local firms PDR and the Houston office of Gensler. Hargreaves Associates created the landscape plan. More images of buildings now under construction by Gilbane and Harvey on the company’s 385-acre campus near the intersection of I-45, the Hardy Toll Rd., and the likely path of the future Grand Parkway loop road:
Here’s the central quad:
And here’s a pretty view of the east promenade, between a couple of the planned office buildings:
A dining room:
The campus’s 27,000-sq.-ft. child care center on Springwoods Village Parkway, scheduled to open in late 2014, will take care of kids from 6 weeks through pre-K:
Meanwhile, the group fitness programs including pilates and yoga, the spin studio, cardio and strength-training equipment, locker rooms, and gym activities the company is famous for will be housed in this 100,000-sq.-ft. wellness center, scheduled to open early the following year:
Postponed until 2012, according to sources: Any decision about whether farflung employees at ExxonMobil’s Fairfax, chemical films, U.S. production, and Brookhollow facilities will be transferred to this new Houston hub. Employees at XOM’s corporate headquarters in Irving, the company’s XTO Energy subsidiary in Fort Worth, and its Clinton and Paulsboro facilities in New Jersey will not be moving to Houston, the company says.
- ExxonMobil to Consolidate Houston Offices at New Campus [BusinessWire]
- Previously on Swamplot: ExxonMobil Fesses Up to Its Employees About That New North Houston Campus Itâ€™s Been Building, ExxonMobilâ€™s Top Secret New Corporate Campus Now Hiding in Plain Sight on Google Maps, Aerial Views of ExxonMobilâ€™s New Sprawling, Top Secret Houston Headquarters, A First Look at the Plans for ExxonMobilâ€™s Humongous New Corporate Campus North of Houston, How Springwoods Village Will Earn Its Lunch Money, and other Secrets of the Great ExxonMobil Frontiers, Whoâ€™s Behind Springwoods Village, Anyway?, Is Springwoods Village the New Exxon Mobil Eco-City?, Spawn of the Grand Parkway: Huge New Woodlands-Like Development, Just South of The Woodlands