Houston Business Journal

Hewlett Packard Enterprise's 440K-SF Houston-area campus underway

Construction has begun on Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (NYSE: HPE) new campus in Springwoods Village north of Houston, according to a Feb. 12 press release.

Palo Alto, California-based HPE announced in November 2017 that it would eventually move out of its Houston campus due to unprecedented flooding two years in a row. A year later, plans were revealed for the new campus. HPE preleased 568,000 square feet, and the project was expected to break ground in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Now, the campus is slated to consist of two five-story buildings with about 440,000 square feet of rentable space combined, per the release. The buildings will be at the southwest corner of East Mossy Oaks Road and Lake Plaza Drive and will have a bridge connector at each level. There will be structured parking for 2,055 cars.

The campus's amenities will include a fitness center, cafe, kitchen and pharmacy, laboratory and office space, and a large central courtyard with a multiuse basketball pavilion, fitness/yoga lawn, water feature, outdoor tables, seating and games and a large greenspace lawn. There will be a green rooftop terrace adjacent to the main conference center.

A joint venture of Houston-based Patrinely Group, San Antonio-based USAA Real Estate and CDC Houston, a subsidiary of New York-based Coventry Development Corp., are the developers behind CityPlace at Springwoods Village, a 60-acre mixed-use development within the 2,000-acre Springwoods Village master-planned community.

Houston-based D.E. Harvey Builders is the general contractor on the HPE campus. Connecticut-based Pickard Chilton is the design architect, Houston-based Kirksey is the executive architect, and Oklahoma City-based Rees Associates Inc. is the interior architect.

The project is expected to be complete in spring 2022. 

"Breaking ground on HPE's campus is another major milestone reinforcing CityPlace as the most important and vibrant, 18-hour mixed-use destination in north Houston," Robert Fields, president and CEO of Patrinely Group, said in the release. "2019 was a significant year with the opening of ABS headquarters, the HP Inc. campus, Star Cinema Grill, 24 Hour Fitness, and two Class A multi-tenant buildings, CityPlace 1 and 1401 Lake Plaza Drive."

Palo Alto-based HP Inc. also moved its Houston-area operations into a new building in CityPlace in late 2018. The former Hewlett-Packard Co. officially split into Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. in November 2015. Before HP Inc.'s move, both companies were sharing the former Compaq campus in Houston, but they occupied separate buildings and operate separately.

In January 2018, as HPE was still occupying the Compaq campus and searching for a site for its new Houston-area campus, the company retained JLL to market the former Compaq campus. At the time, HPE planned to lease back the facility should it be sold before the new campus is move-in ready.

When complete, CityPlace is expected to include 4 million square feet of Class A office space and 400,000 square feet of retail. Springwoods Village is anchored by Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp.'s corporate campus. Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) moved into the 385-acre campus in mid-2015.