Pioneer Natural Resources

Midland, Texas

Pioneer Natural Resources, a large, independent oil and gas exploration and production company, contracted Ziegler Cooper Architects in early 2012 to design a new 6-story, 265,052 square foot office building in Midland, Texas. The building, which occupies a 41,600 square foot footprint, provides an amenity-rich workplace aimed at increasing retention and quality of life for a planned 600 employees. A large dining hall on the first floor looks onto a landscaped garden and covered porch through an expanse of floor to ceiling glass, and features a resident chef who creates a daily menu of lunch offerings. A fitness center and locker rooms are housed in the basement, which include a special women-only fitness space. A large conferencing center and a training room for 50 are located on the first floor for easy access for visitors and employees. Large private offices on the upper floors punctuated by special open break areas and conference rooms provide the space and privacy desired by the highly specialized employee base.

The building seeks LEED Certification, with special attention given to sustainable water use practices, in a region where water scarcity is the norm. A high performance envelope increases energy efficiency, while recycled and regional materials reduce the carbon footprint.