KBR Consolidation Project

Hallway - KBR Consolidation Project
Glass doors - KBR Consolidation Project
  • Hallway - KBR Consolidation Project
  • Glass doors - KBR Consolidation Project

English + Associates has enjoyed a working relationship with KBR, the largest Houston-area energy engineering firm, for more than nine years.  We have designed several office and ancillary spaces for KBR at their Clinton Drive facility and their offices in downtown Houston.  In mid-2009, we were asked by KBR to be their architect and interior designer for the Consolidation Project.  It consisted of renovating three buildings over a 16-month duration totaling more than 950,000 ft² on 36 floors.

One of the first design elements studied was the furniture.  Analysis of the existing furniture began immediately, followed quickly by a comprehensive study of options in the market place, and joined by an analysis of KBR’s workplace patterns.  As a long-term tenant and part-owner of some of the buildings, demountable, modular walls were the ideal choice for KBR.  KBR’s desire for efficient and easy renovations with little or no downtime coincided with the latest technologies in modular walls. We collaborated with KBR’s Real Estate Services team and Procurement group to develop, issue, and review bids for furniture and modular walls.

The reorganization of space strategically aligned personnel together in neighborhood environments.  A challenge for the reorganization and consolidation planning was completing the work without employee disruption.  Our team worked with KBR to develop phasing plans and relocation strategies.  During the project, up to 14 floors were in a single construction phase to assist with scheduling and reorganization.  Synergy and interaction among teams has increased since the realignment, as well as employee satisfaction and productivity, which continue to be monitored since completion of the Project.

Several sustainable concepts and materials were introduced during the project planning.  Green construction materials, adhesives, paints, and finishes have been installed on all floors and have become standards for KBR.  Outdated light fixtures have been replaced with energy-efficient, ergonomically correct fixtures that provide a better work environment for employees.  The nine floors constructed at KBR’s offices in the Energy Corridor of Houston are seeking LEED Silver certification.

Houston, Texas

  • 950,000 ft² consolidation and re-stack
  • 36 floors throughout 3 buildings
  • Seeking LEED Silver certification for nine floors in Houston’s Energy Corridor