Weatherford Manufacturing & Office Complex

The latest project for Weatherford International involved the development of a 30 acre site with five new pre-engineered Butler steel buildings. The largest building in the project is the 210,653 square foot manufacturing plant that includes a fully air-conditioned open plant area with 5-5 ton and 6-2 ton overhead cranes, office space and warehouse space. The second building, totaling 26,250 square feet, is devoted entirely to office and support space. The Houma District Building is similar to the main manufacturing plant with a majority of its space devoted to open shop area and a smaller portion devoted to offices and support functions. The final building is a daycare and pavilion building that sits next to an open-air covered parking area. An additional building on the campus is provided for lease to separate testing facilities which operate within the confines of Weatherford management but have a separate entrance and public access.

Woodward Design Group designed the campus to allow employees access from the plant to the offices without having to go through security gates. Once inside the building, those with the appropriate clearance are able to traverse the entire campus without having to go through additional security processes.

Trucking operations had to be designed so that there would be no crossing of operations and all aspects of the campus would be accessible for moving of raw and finished product. To make this possible, a one-way in and one-way out road was implemented to make the management of traffic possible. Employee parking as well as public parking was also a major factor. Employee parking was designed so that all employees are able to park in a secure parking area.

Throughout the campus all buildings including those for lease are identified to be part of the Weatherford campus with the use of red trim on the buildings. To soften the look of the complex, landscaping was added around the signage at the main entrance for the industrial complex, making it more inviting for visitors as well as employees. A decorative fence was installed around the public restricted areas to minimize the industrial look. The most important design premise was to create an industrial complex which functions first and foremost for the intended use but also presents a welcoming appearance for the Weatherford Corporation.

The project was awarded the South Central Construction Best of 2009 Louisiana Award of Excellence in the Industrial Category.

Project Information

  • Category
    Manufacturing Facility Construction
  • Owner
    Weatherford International
  • Design
    Woodward Design Group (Larry H. Case, AIA) with HMS Architects
  • Size
    287,800 Square Feet
  • Budget
    $52,000,000
  • Location
    Houma, LA
  • Completion
    December 2010

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