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Sysco Corporations’ new headquarters campus is located on Enclave Parkway, a suburban office street that winds through the gated residential communities of far west Houston. The complex includes a conference center, a 12-story office tower with 318,000 square feet, an eight-story office tower with 214,000 square feet, and parking garages that accommodate 1,832 automobiles. A Sysco data center, located in an existing building on the site, is also incorporated into the project. Sysco’s corporate leadership had a goal of creating a headquarters facility that would mirror its close-knit company and enhance its distinct corporate culture for quality work environment and value consciousness. In 2001, Sysco began searching west Houston for a site, but the project progressed slowly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the resulting economic downturn. Two years later, Sysco decided to develop the project at its 40-acre Enclave Parkway property owned since 1987 when the company moved from its 610 West Loop offices. At the Enclave site, Sysco occupied a two-story, 174,000-square foot building and leased 200,000 square feet of office space in the area. Hines Interests was retained for project development and management. Sysco and Hines selected a design team that included HOK’s Houston office as design architect, Kendall/ Heaton Associates as architect of record, and Kirksey for design of the interiors. D.E. Harvey was selected as general contractor for the project and contributed information from the commencement of design work. Several major design issues challenged the team, including the fact that the project site was not contiguous. Approximately 30 percent of the land area is separated by Forkland Drive and located north of Sysco’s existing building. Also, Sysco’s data center, occupying the ground floor of the existing two-story structure, was to remain operational during the construction of the project. And Sysco required that the project be phased so employees from the existing building would move only one time, while employees in the surrounding lease spaces could be consolidated into the new facility at a later date. Sysco desired an office design that would provide flexible interior planning, remain competitive in the commercial real estate environment, and allow single or multiple branding. In addition, potential expansion for a third tower was to be considered in the site planning work. Sysco was also interested in developing a healthy interior environment for its employees and in exploring long-term energy conservation strategies. HOK’s design concept utilized the multiple sites to create a campus plan with 530,000 square feet of new office space divided between two structures. One, a 12-story tower located on the north site, is designed as a stand-alone office facility with its own public entrance, lobby, parking garage, and mechanical systems. The structure’s size and scale is compatible with other Enclave Parkway office buildings. Including its construction in the project’s first phase allowed the initial relocation of Sysco employees. The second new building, an eight-story tower located on the south site, is connected to the other by a glass-enclosed bridge on level two that spans over Forkland Drive. Adjacent and to the south of the eight-story tower is the conference center that is directly attached to the tower’s two-story base. This structure was the existing Sysco office building, a donutshaped rectangle with an atrium at the center. The architects removed the east portion of the building and rebuilt the atrium into a two-story entrance space. This new glass-faced lobby provides access to the company’s conference center meeting rooms, auditorium, exhibition

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