PDR is very excited to be the designer of Skanska’s new office space on the 12th floor of Capitol Tower, in a move that demonstrates commitment to sustainable development and promotion of flexible and modern workplace design to attract top talent.Read More
Jackie Wheat presents “3D Illustrations: Better Decisions Faster” at ASAI. The keynote address dove into a case study of the design and development of the ExxonMobil Campus, and the ways in which architectural illustration yields smarter, faster decision-making.Read More
Mohawk, a leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, interviewed PDR's Project Designer, Giancarlo, to learn more about design approach and how to stay current on cultural trends that affect design. Below is his interview, which is also featured on Mohawk Group in Designer Curated, Discover, and On Trend.Read More
Australian Formula One racer, Daniel Ricciardo, was invited to the ExxonMobil Campus for a live demo as ExxonMobil announced its fuel and lubricants partners with RedBull Racing. Joined by “DC” (AKA David Coulthard), Britain’s former Formula One racer, the two drivers gave a demonstration of the cars power and their speed.
A few thousand employees gathered for the impressive site, but what impressed the racers was the design and architecture! Ricciardo was quoted by redbullracing.com as saying, “The campus is a city; it’s amazing, bigger than Milton Keynes. The facility they have here is mind-blowing. It’s very well designed and architecturally kind of great. And it’s huge!”
Click here, for the full article on redbullracing.com
PDR featured in Houston Center 33 – Vision to Excellence, a hard cover coffee table publication that uses lively graphics and storytelling to recount the thirty-three transformative blocks of downtown Houston called Houston Center.Read More
On Thursday, August 25th, the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) hosted their 2016 Design Award presentations at the University of Houston TDECU Stadium. We are honored to have received an Interior Architecture Award for workplace design for Vitol, an energy and commodities trading company in Houston, TX.
Vitol found a unique opportunity with a developer who was willing to tailor two floors of their base building. To ensure the base building would support Vitol's business needs, we worked with the developer and building architect to modify nearly all aspects of one floor and added a partial 2nd floor creating a large two story volume. Additional modifications to the base building design included structural bay depth changes, slab depressions for under-floor air, a large opening for a monumental stair and reshaping the outdoor terrace spaces. The result is a vast, two story trade arena, full height north-facing windows, and a mezzanine floor overlook that is dedicated to outside visitors and private meeting spaces.
Visitors entering the upper level see a breathtaking view of the 300 seat trade floor. Elegantly channeled columns rise to support the one-of-a-kind geometrically patterned ceiling. Comprised of 228 panels, the ceiling system is designed for maximize acoustical performance and reflecting light onto the trade floor. A wide, single run monumental stair connects to the lower floor at level with the trade floor. A 24-inch deep accessible floor system covers the entire lower level facilitating underfloor air conditioning and technology infrastructure allowing Vitol to stay ahead of rapidly changing technology. This floor also houses the 70 seat café, with full commercial kitchen, serving breakfast and lunch for Vitol's employees. A cardiovascular workout room with separate male and female shower / locker rooms provide a space for the employees to exercise while taking in the surrounding skyline views.
The curated art collection enriches and emboldens the space. The variety of materials and subject matter create their own presence within the minimalist design envelope. The result is a project that is elegant, timeless and elevating, giving Vitol a space infused with energy and their unique corporate culture.
Click here for the AIA Houston announcement.