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Land

  • Referred to as a “technoburb,” the campus was originally designed by Kevin Roche in 1985. The landscape created a floating city, with the buildings positioned directly adjacent to a plain of water.
  • The design protects floodplain function through planting infiltration, tree absorption, and detention ponds.
  • Erosion control strategies are implemented, through geotextiles to stabilize soils and plants selected for root stability.
  • A pre-design soil assessment was conducted, allowing for healthy soils to be preserved and others to be amended. The assessment was created and communicated through a soil management plan.

Planting

  • 30 specimen heritage oaks were saved along the drive. Site and building design choices were made to keep this valuable natural resource. 
  • Low-water-usage planting was used on-site.

Water

  • 72% of surfaces used are permeable.
  • Stormwater features were designed into amenities.
  • The site design mitigates runoff to a series of ponds, which can hold 13,392,476 gallons of water.
  • The water quality was improved through added aeration diffusers, which create circulation and reduce organic sediment from depositing on the bottom. 
  • Trees have the potential for intercepting 665,000 gallons of water which are equivalent to the water usage for 6,655 American residents for one day.*

Carbon, Energy + Air

  • Five water features were introduced to reduce temperatures.
  • During construction, pollutants were controlled and retained.
  • Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke was minimized through designated smoke-free zones and prohibited smoking on-site.
  • The project avoids annual planting, reducing costs associated with maintenance, material, and installation.
  • Trees sequester 160,600 pounds of carbon annually, which offset 20 cars per year.**

Social

  • The planning and design improved the health and wellness space of this corporate campus. A series of programmatic elements created outdoor space for play, gathering, exercise, and relaxation.  

* The tree average for water interception is 500 gallons. American’s use an average of 100 gallons of water per day (EPA’s water trivia facts)

**120 pounds of CO2 per tree annually (This number is based on an average from the National Tree Benefits Calculator) One car produces an average of 8,320 pounds of CO2 per year. (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)

ConocoPhillips World Headquarters

Originally completed in 1985, the 2006 renovation of this corporate campus created a new core of office, medical, fitness and public space on the 62-acre project site. Originally developed as a passive suburban landscape, the new design integrates a variety of programmed areas throughout the campus.

Sited to preserve existing specimen live oaks, the new campus entry features a formal auto court and a series of cascading water features. Smaller garden courtyards lead to the central Commons, which features several private dining terraces and an event lawn that accommodates 1,000 people. To promote employee wellness, the site also features a 2-mile jogging path and a two-thirds regulation size soccer field.

Location: Houston, TX

Team: Pickard Chilton Architects, Kendall/Heaton Associates, PDR, Haynes Whaley Associates, I.A. Naman + Associates, Walter P. Moore

Awards:
ASLA Texas Chapter Honor Award

Photography: Hester + Hardaway, Alan Karchmer