ExxonMobil has finally made official the long-rumored plans to build a large office campus in north Houston and move a bunch of its employees there, including all in its downtown Bell Street headquarters.
The 385-acre site near the intersection of I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road will be a wooded, relatively low-rise collection of labs, office space and conference centers. (We can only hope there's a great "team-building" obstacle course somewhere.)
"This new campus provides an opportunity to consolidate many of our Houston offices in one location, which will provide a high-quality working environment as our employees continue to support ExxonMobil's mission of delivering energy to meet growing global needs," said Bryan Milton, president of ExxonMobil Global Services Company, in a press release.
The release, and an e-mail to employees, is a little bit vague on just how much will be moved there, whether from the company's downtown Houston office or other cities.
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We've asked ExxonMobil for a definitive statement on what it might mean for the company's downtown headquarters -- and, much more importantly, the cafeteria there that's only a block from Houston Press HQ -- but haven't heard back.
Update: Spokesman Alan Jeffers says all Bell Street employees will be moving north. ExxonMobil owns the building, but he says the company has no plans yet on what to do with it. He had no information on how this would affect Press lunches or coffee.
The company's release does say "Employees will move in phases as the buildings are constructed, beginning early 2014. Full occupancy for Houston-based employees is expected by 2015....Further study will determine whether any other U.S. office locations will be located at the campus in the future."
And there's this: "It is expected that most employees working in the corporation's Houston Upstream head office activities, along with ExxonMobil Chemical Company and various staff support services, will be based at the campus."