Stantec to consolidate Houston offices to landmark One Shell Plaza building – Chron
A conference room is among the facilities at the new Stantec office in One Shell Plaza.
Stantec's new office on the 26th floor of One Shell Plaza brings together employees from the firm’s water, buildings, oil and gas, community development and transportation groups.
One Shell Plaza located at 910 Louisiana Monday, July 9, 2012, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Chronicle )
Stantec, a global design and engineering firm, will consolidate its Houston employees to downtown’s One Shell Plaza next month.
The move will bring together approximately 175 employees from the firm’s water, buildings, oil and gas, community development and transportation groups on the 26th floor of the 50-story building at 910 Louisiana, as of Nov. 25.
“We wanted to be in a vibrant city location, in an iconic building, getting all of our experts together,” said David Irvine, senior vice president and geographic leader for Stantec.
The company currently has offices at downtown’s 500 Jefferson building, 20 East Greenway Plaza and 580 Westlake Park Blvd. in west Houston. Its leases at the buildings were timed to end around the same time as part of the plan to consolidate.
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Stantec Architecture designed the 23,000-square-foot office, which incorporates a collaborative culture and cooperation across several business sectors. The new office is designed with an open, modern, flexible space with collaboration and group work areas, private and quiet work areas and break rooms.
The downtown location, accessible by public transportation, offered a central location for employees, who live all around town, from downtown to The Woodlands to Katy to Pearland to Sugar Land. Dining, theater and sports venues are nearby.
“We were able to be more efficient and reduce our carbon footprint and be more environmentally sustainable as an organization,” Irvine said.
The move facilitates developing comprehensive solutions to clients’ problems and managing challenges facing Houston, such as sustainability and flooding, Irvine said. Stantec’s projects include road design, drainage and retention systems.
The company subleased the space from Shell Oil, which is under contract for about 800,000 square feet in the building through the end of 2025. Lesa French of JLL in Houston, DJ Goldberg of JLL in Boston and Cameron Easingwood, the firm’s in-house corporate real estate manager, represented Stantec in the sublease. Joe Peddie and Morgan Relyea Colt of Cushman & Wakefield represented Shell.
Terms of the sublease, which expires Dec. 31, 2025, were not disclosed.
Developed by Hines, the travertine-clad One Shell Plaza was the tallest building in Houston when completed in 1971. Its namesake tenant consolidated the bulk of its downtown workers to company-owned facilities on the west side of Houston a couple of years ago. NRG Energy backfilled a large portion of Shell’s space at 910 Louisiana last year. Ontellus, a Houston-based records retrieval and claims intelligence provider, recently subleased 32,000 square feet there for its headquarters.
Sublease space across the Houston region, which peaked at 12.1 million square feet three years ago as companies put excess space on the market amid the oil downturn, dropped to 6.9 million square feet in the third quarter, according to commercial real estate firm Madison Marquette. More than 1.5 million square feet, or 22 percent of the region’s sublease space on the market, is downtown. The Katy Freeway/Energy Corridor is the second-largest market for sublease space with 18 percent, followed by Greenway Plaza with 16 percent.
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Full-service rates for downtown Class A sublease space, which vary depending on the quality of the space and remaining term, average $19.99 per square foot a year, according to Madison Marquette. That represents a 54 percent discount from average annual asking rents of $43.84 per square foot for Class A properties.
Stantec, which has operated in Houston for more than 45 years, provides services in architecture and interior design; civil, structural and mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering; surveying; land planning and landscape architecture; environmental services, transportation; and water and wastewater engineering at offices throughout Texas.
Local projects include the expansion of the Barry Rose Water Reclamation Facility in Pearland, the expansion of Texas 288 with toll lanes, Sterling Aviation Early College High School, Sul Ross Elementary School and the design of the Lake Houston Dam rehabilitation. The company will maintain field offices for its projects at Bush Airport and Texas 288.
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Stantec employs 24,000 people worldwide, including more than 10,000 in the U.S.
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