EDF Trading - Texas

Energising Houston

Creating a new environment that encourages collaboration, supports growth and attracts and retains the best talent.

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EDF Trading - Texas Project summary

Client

EDF Trading

Key partners

Interior Architects, Turner, Melton Electric, MLN, Hines, TNT

Services provided

Project and programme management, Cost consultancy

Sectors

Energy and utilities

Locations

North America

Project timeline

Start date
January 2017
Status
Completed
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Project story

EDF Trading’s move to downtown Houston from the urban outskirts is a testament to its significant growth over the last few years.

Taking over the 17th floor of an existing tower, the global energy leader’s focus was on creating a modern, flexible office space that would support collaboration and provide the resilience required of a world-leading energy trader.  

It was our expertise in estate rationalisation and commercial relocation, coupled with local market knowledge that saw Mace appointed to deliver the corporate headquarters and manage the move of over 400 employees.

From demolishing to renovating the new 60,000 sq.ft floor, Mace managed the project, costs and relocation services from planning to design and through construction.

As with any trading company it’s critical that any risks to business operations are minimised. The location of a 400kW backup generator became one of the major challenges of this project. Originally designed for the basement of the building, the risk of seasonal flooding was deemed too high so the team worked on an alternative plan to house it on the building’s roof.

With an already tight schedule and an unmovable deadline, the team worked with the general contractor, several sub-contractors and the City of Houston Metrorail Department to relocate the generator 20 storeys up in a single 19-hour operation (including temporary road closures and setting up and dismantling the crane).

60,000sq ft refurbishment
400 staff relocated
9.5months fast track programme