Anadarko’s new tower nears completion (photos)

Things are on the rise at Anadarko Petroleum Corp.’s headquarters in The Woodlands.

The global oil and gas independent expects to finish its 31-story Hackett Tower — named for recently retired CEO James Hackett — early next year. The company gave the FuelFix an advance look inside on Wednesday.

Hackett Tower is adjacent to the decade-old Allison Tower. Its name honors Anadarko’s first CEO, Robert Allison.

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The new tower will add 550,000 square feet of office space that can accommodate 1,700 workers — plenty of growing room for the headquarters workforce that now totals 2,252. While some employees will move in from rented space nearby, the company has increased its staff nearly 18 percent in the last two years, and the new tower provides space to continue this trend.

The building reflects Anadarko’s prosperity:  Its main commons area, with cathedral-high ceilings, white marble floors and craggy, cleft-cut travertine walls, befits a company that earned $2.45 billion in 2012 on revenue of $13.41 billion.

The tower — certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program — features hundreds of individual offices, meeting rooms with natural lighting, and several amenities that showcase Anadarko’s commitment to giving employees a work-life balance.

For example, the company has invested in keeping workers fed and fit — devoting areas on the 12th and 13th floors to a spacious cafeteria and fully-equipped exercise facility that includes a wood-floor basketball court.

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Floor-to-ceiling windows are designed to let in the sun — and a pristine view of neighboring office buildings, surrounded by The Woodlands’ ubiquitous pines, oaks and other trees.

The building design provides mostly single-occupant offices, with windows at the top of each to provide internal offices some natural light. The design contrasts with the open office plan Exxon Mobil Corp. envisions for the sprawling campus it’s developing just south of the Woodlands.

Anadarko CEO Al Walker said the company’s work environment contributes to low turnover, luring people back year after year.

“That is what makes us unique,” he said, “and why people like working for us.”


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