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February 2, 2014

Air Liquide to break ground on new corporate headquarters in Houston

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Air Liquide headquarters

Air Liquide is planning to start construction on its new headquarters in Memorial City in Houston, later the spring, to relocate from its present base in Houston Galleria area.

The Air Liquide Centre plans are for a 20-storey building located at 9807 and 9811 Katy Freeway, to be designed by Morris Architects.

The 452,000ft² tower will be flanked by another 145,000ft² building, which would offer expanded space for the company and a world-class environment for rising workforce and business plans.

Both class A buildings would link to a network of skywalks and allow access to the Memorial City Mall and other neighbouring facilities within Memorial City.

American Air Liquide chairman and CEO and Air Liquide Americas senior vice-president Michael Graff said: "We are investing in our future, ensuring the right environment, space and resources to support our talented workforce and continue to enable the highest level of innovation and service for our customers."

The upper six floors will house Air Liquide’s administrative and industrial operations, in addition to the first floor lobby and office space, which totals 155,000ft² with further options to increase floor space.

The company’s engineering and construction operations would reside in two floors of the second building, which are being designed by architect Gensler, who will also be the interior designer for both buildings.

The project is anticipated to be completed by November 2015.

Image: The Air Liquide project comprises a 20-storey tower designed by Morris Architects and an adjacent building, designed by Gensler. Photo: courtesy of Air Liquide.

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