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BHP Billiton Tower

Visionary design elevates innovation hub

Project Facts

Location Houston, Texas
Size 1,150,000 SF
Cost $147 million
Status Completed 2015


A seamless blend of tailored modeling and bold features, BHP Billiton Tower houses the energy sector’s finest – boasting their prowess 30 stories skyward. Anchoring Houston’s vibrant Uptown district, it’s also the largest Class A office building constructed there in more than 25 years. 

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About the project

The gleaming edifice of BHP Billiton Tower supports 600,000 square feet of office space for sole tenant BHP Billiton Petroleum, bringing 3,000 jobs to the Uptown area. The building is recognized as the pinnacle of this dynamic urban environment, where high-rise office buildings, residential towers, dining, entertainment, and luxury retail shopping, including Houston’s Galleria, converge.

Energy companies exist in a highly competitive world and need incentives to attract the industry’s finest. In order to balance economical and statement features, the project delivery team relied on LEAN design principles to optimize useable square footage while maintaining signature architectural characteristics. Walter P Moore was integral in achieving this balance. 

Our flexible design approach allowed our team to accommodate significant tenant-requested changes made late in design without impacting the overall budget or schedule. We also worked directly with the geotechnical engineer to successfully develop a retention system to accommodate an existing box culvert adjacent to the property line on the north side, avoiding costly delays and redesigns.

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2017 AIA Houston Best Interior Architecture Project

2018 HBJ Landmark Finalist

2018 ENR Texas & Louisiana Best Projects