Urban Land Institute (ULI) members and guests recently attending Suburbia Transformed: the Next Decade and Beyond received a private mobile tour of the Energy Corridor. The first stop and only public building on the tour was Energy Center II. Guests were escorted to the fifth floor for a birds-eye view of the area including the ConocoPhillips campus, North Dairy Ashford and I-10. Energy I and II are among the many buildings in the Energy Corridor that have received LEED certification as well as an Energy Star designation. Following the guided tour by Trammel Crow and CBRE representatives, guests had the opportunity to tour BP Helios Plaza, Shell Woodcreek or ConocoPhillips.
WestLake Park and BP Helios Plaza
Nestled among the trees along Terry Hershey Park, the WestLake Park campus was developed in 1980 by Gerald D. Hines Interests. Adjacent to WestLake Park, tour participants entered the newest building on the BP campus, Helios Plaza. A major courtyard called the “Great Room” includes native plants and outdoor pedestrian amenities such as a bocce ball court and human-size chess board. BP employees described the LEED Platinum features including the rain harvest reservoir and the Combined Heat and Power plant. The tour concluded in the Learning Center which features state-of-the-art conference rooms, auditorium and classrooms which connect instructors and students across the globe
Guests touring Shell Woodcreek were introduced to the LEED features of the two buildings. Special design elements include the green screen placed on the south wall of the parking garage and the white roofs which are designed for future solar panels. Led by Kathrin Brunner with HOK, the tour included videoconference areas, huddle rooms and team rooms, as well as the Amenities Building auditorium and fitness center.
Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo & Associates executed the ConocoPhillips master plan in 1984. The original 1,250,000 square foot, three-story 16-building Class A office complex is situated on a 62-acre site. Miles of sky bridges, covered walkways and concourses connect the massive network of office buildings, which is equivalent to 25 downtown blocks. The on-site Wellness Center incorporates medical and fitness facilities including a full-court basketball center, indoor Olympic size swimming pool, table tennis lounge and synthetic turf soccer field.