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ExxonMobil Campus in Houston, Texas
The ATCO Campus in Calgary
ExxonMobil Campus in Houston, Texas
Hewlett Packard Enterprises Corporate Campus in Houston, Texas

Campus Design

Sophisticated campus master planning requires a multi-faceted site analysis and a deep understanding of the needs and ambitions of the envisioned community. The campus model provides a human-scaled design that encourages communication, collegiality, and a healthy lifestyle by promoting walking both within the buildings and around the landscape of the site. Pickard Chilton weaves high-performance, sustainable design throughout all aspects of campus buildings and open spaces to further complement the surrounding natural environment.

Pickard Chilton has unparalleled experience master planning and designing corporate campuses for leading Fortune 500 clients, including ExxonMobil, Northwestern Mutual, Devon Energy, Norfolk Southern, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. We understand how architecture can fundamentally support the vision and values of an organization and its unique corporate culture. Our team endeavors to meet the specific architectural goals of a company that will allow it to recruit and retain the top talent in its highly competitive industry.

Pickard Chilton approaches the design of an academic campus by first understanding the culture of the institution it will serve. With a rhythmic balance of inviting courtyards and more intimate verdant spaces, a well-designed campus can be intuitively navigated and engage the pedestrian with unique motifs to discover throughout. Large spaces, both exterior and interior, are designed to foster intra-campus learning, interaction, and socializing. Social hubs with innovative technology define the next-generation classroom, encouraging collaboration and flexibility across campus.

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The workplace is changing. However, the origins of the changes we are now seeing in workplace design and strategy are fundamental, and actually predate the pandemic. Regardless of industry, the use of the workplace to attract and retain the best talent has been driving this movement across the country and the globe for many years. For companies to compete at the highest level, they need the best and brightest employees to support their vision and goals.

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Downtown Milwaukee is getting a $500 million upgrade. Northwestern Mutual is closing its office space in Franklin and redeveloping its North Office Building on E. Mason Street in downtown Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE - Downtown Milwaukee is getting a $500 million upgrade. Northwestern Mutual is closing its office space in Franklin and redeveloping its North Office Building on E. Mason Street in downtown Milwaukee. 

Company leaders said this investment will transform the company and downtown.

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Street view of the PG&E historic complex

Encompassing a full city block in downtown San Francisco between Market and Mission Street, the PG&E site comprises development components that include the 200 Mission office tower redevelopment, historic complex renovation and new 1.25-acre park to complete Hines’ vision. Upon completion, the reimagined projects will breathe new life into the entire transit-oriented block.

master planned 385-acre wooded site ExxonMobil's new office complex, Houston TX. Pickard Chilton

ExxonMobil Office Complex is a 385-acre wooded site that brings together 10,000 employees from across a variety of locations in both greater Houston and nationally.

Capturing the industrial heritage of the site, the Forge is designed to emulate the monumental focal point of a steel yard, teeming with energy, ingenuity, and craftsmanship. The innovative life sciences campus produces a collaborative climate of discovery where individuals feel inspired by the empowering spirit of invention and culture of experimentation. Inspired by its past and eager for its future, the busy and collaborative Forge will be the gathering hearth of the new age research community.

Whether arriving by foot, car, bike, train, water taxi or ride share, every individual at The Forge is welcomed by the communal energy of the ground level urban alleyway. Inviting soft rays of light filter between the tree-like mass timber beams enticing visitors to roam and discover new corners of the dynamic amenity-rich space. Greenery weaves together a balance of private moments and public throughways, creating a healthy ambiance and connection to nature.

The Forge meets the sky with a cantilevered form reminiscent of an industrial trunnion bridge. The design celebrates the elevated mega floor in the sky, producing an unequalled location for creative office space with remarkable views.

Children playing outside Barack H. Obama Magnet University school, the three-story brick-clad building New Haven, Connecticut.

The design Barack H. Obama Magnet University School captures daylight and views to create positive learning environments while embracing the landscape to engage students with nature.

Envisioned as ExxonMobil’s premier research and physical science facility, the laboratory was designed to stimulate innovation and accelerate discovery.

California Green is a proposed phased, campus-style office development, lies within a larger development that includes offices, shops, and a hotel.


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