British Petroleum’s energy trading facility called Helios Plaza

Helios Plaza

Houston’s first LEED-Certified office building

Project Facts

Location Houston, Texas
Owner British Petroleum
Size 391,000 SF
Status Completed 2010
Certifications LEED Platinum


West Houston witnessed British Petroleum’s grand entrance with the unveiling of Helios Plaza, the city’s inaugural LEED-certified commercial office building. Recognized as a pioneering structure, the plaza seamlessly blends work and leisure with the surrounding natural landscape. Open-air offices, amazing views, and ample parking foster a wholesome work environment designed to entice top-tier talent for the energy industry leader. BP achieved its sustainability, resilience, and quality of life objectives through this strategic project. 

About the project

British Petroleum (BP) had a short but specific list of goals when they planned to expand their presence in West Houston with a top-tier trading facility. The building must provide a wide open trading floor with high ceilings for the best possible views, helping to attract the best traders. Another necessity was to ensure their operations remained protected even amid a Category 3 hurricane. Lastly, as a global leader in the energy field and a supporter of sustainable environments, BP wanted the building to be LEED-certified.

The seven-story office building features a ground-floor lobby that converts into a state-of-the-art assembly space and a two-story open trading floor with 25’ tall ceilings. This LEED Platinum building exceeds sustainability requirements with a 400,000-gallon water harvesting cistern, site utilization of 55% native and adaptive plantings, and onsite natural gas generation. The water harvesting system was in addition to a water feature that provided natural water planters as quality filters designed in collaboration with the architect and landscape architect.

As the structural engineer, Walter P Moore developed the wind load design in conjunction with the owner to reduce the original requested design loads by 10% without compromising the level of resiliency desired.


2011 Urban Land Institute Houston Development of Distinction