Following almost 20 years of dreaming and nearly two years of construction, developers from the Redstone Companies and Stream Realty Partners joined BBVA executives to celebrate the official opening of BBVA Compass Plaza at 2200 Post Oak with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday.
The 22-story office tower is the first new construction in the Galleria area in over three decades. It has come a long way since CultureMap got a sneak peek of the construction last April, when the touted floor-to-ceiling windows and open-concept work spaces were just an abstraction.
But Andrés Fernández Cueto, senior vice president and senior architect at BBVA Compass, pointed out those features and more during a during a media tour that showcased the workplace mobility and client- and employee-transparency that the new BBVA Compass United States headquarters affords.
Employees have the freedom to work on any floor or in any space — even the cafeteria, which serves inexpensive, healthy cuisine.
"Collaboration is key," explained Cueto, pointing to technologically-adaptable conference rooms that can accommodate as few as four people and as many as 200; multiple open lounge areas on each floor; walls that can be completely reconfigured over a weekend to accommodate shifts in departments; and rows of mostly-unassigned desks, each outfitted with dual monitors and WiFi-enabled office phones.
Employees have the freedom to work on any floor or in any space — even the cafeteria, which serves inexpensive, healthy cuisine, or the first-floor gym, where many of the state-of-the-art fitness machines are Internet-equipped. Plus, they enjoy some of the best views in the city.
It has been a month since three Houston branch buildings merged to share the eight floors and 185,000 square feet of the BBVA Compass Plaza, but Cueto and Troy Lindsey, who heads the real estate and procurement group for BBVA Compass, said that all 825 employees are quickly adapting to this new type of work environment.
"It's going over quite well," Lindsey enthused, even in the CEO suite upstairs, where there is the same focus on collaboration, mobility and flexibility.
Other corporate tenants signed up to lease in the Class A office structure include Turkish Airlines, Worldwide Machinery, Osaka Gas and WindAcre Partnership, along with local chefs John Sheely and Hugo Ortega, who have started build-out on high-profile downstairs restaurants.