Energy firm Pioneer Natural Resources kicked off construction Thursday on its new headquarters, which will span over 1.1 million square feet in Irving.

The 10-story office campus will be built where Las Colinas began — on the ranch of the development’s founding Carpenter family.

Pioneer’s 35-acre office development is the first phase of a larger $1 billion mixed-use project being built by telecom giant Verizon and Dallas developer KDC.

“Irving has been our home for a long time, and with this building we anticipate it will be for generations to come,” Pioneer CEO Tim Dove said. “We have 1,100 employees who are going to make the move over here in a couple of years.”

Designed by Duda Paine Architects, HKS and Corgan, the Pioneer building will front on a small lake when it opens in 2019.

“It will be designed to respect the beauty of the property — one of the highest points in the city,” Dove said.

Along with office space, the project will include a large cafeteria for Pioneer’s workers, a fitness center and day care center.

Dove said the building was designed with the help of the company’s employees.

“We are 40 percent millennials,” he said. “This building is for them to grow into.

“We’ll have collaborative spaces that are more amenable to today’s workstyle.”

Pioneer is about a mile away in the Williams Square high-rise complex in Las Colinas.

“Our lease will end in 2020, and we had to look around and see where we would move,” Dove said.

The city of Irving has agreed to provide almost $6 million in economic incentives for the independent energy company’s move.

Beth Bowman, who heads the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, said Pioneer’s new headquarters and the surrounding Hidden Ridge mixed-use development is one of the most significant projects ever built in Las Colinas.

“The Hidden Ridge development represents a new era in Irving development,” Bowman said.

The Pioneer building will be one of the largest parts of the 150-acre mixed-use development west of State Highway 114. It’s being built on land owned by Verizon that’s across the street from the telecom firm’s longtime regional office campus.

The Hidden Ridge project will include retail and restaurants, apartments, a hotel and more office space as well as a new DART light rail station.

Steve Van Amburgh, CEO of developer KDC, said he’s been working with Pioneer and Verizon for a couple of years on the Irving project.

KDC is the same company that built Toyota’s new North American headquarters in Plano and State Farm Insurance’s huge Richardson regional campus.

“Most of the people who will be working on Pioneer’s project have been on Toyota or State Farm,” Van Amburgh said. “This is our 11thproject in Las Colinas.

“This is the most important and biggest.”

Presented by the Dallas Morning News – June 30, 2017

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