Chevron U.S.A. Inc. announced Wednesday plans to construct an office building in downtown Houston to accommodate its business growth and expanding workforce in the world’s energy capital.
The 50-story, 1.7 million-square-foot building will be located at 1600 Louisiana Street at Pease. Together with Chevron’s existing properties at 1500 Louisiana and 1400 Smith, the buildings will comprise an urban campus with indoor and outdoor common areas, enhanced dining facilities, a fitness center, training and conference facilities, and additional parking.
“This announcement underscores Chevron’s long-term commitment to Houston and its role as the epicenter of the global energy industry,” said Bereket Haregot, president of Chevron’s Business and Real Estate Services division. “Houston plays a vital and growing role in Chevron’s global business. The new building and expanded urban campus will provide a first-rate work environment for our employees and help us remain the employer of choice.”
The headquarters of Chevron Corporation, the parent company of Chevron U.S.A., will remain in California, where they have been located for more than 130 years.Back in April, 2013, Chevron announced it was moving 400 jobs from San Ramon (California) to Houston. At the time I mentioned that this certainly looked like Chevron was getting tired of the way Californians were treating their company (this was about the time a Chevron refinery experienced a fire at the Richmond facility). If I recall correctly, the local community even balked when Chevron wanted to do some routine maintenance on their refinery. [Oh, yes, here it is: "Chevron has for years wanted to overhaul and upgrade the facility. But many Richmond residents and environmentalists have objected, saying the project would create more air pollution in a community that already has too much. Although Richmond's City Council approved the renovation project in 2008, a judge halted construction work the next year, ruling that Chevron had not answered key questions in the project's environmental impact report." -- SFGate is reporting.] Whether or not Jeff Foxworthy actually compiled the list, it is very, very accurate.
"The headquarters of Chevron Corporation, the parent company of Chevron U.S.A., will remain in California, where they have been located for more than 130 years." -- it sounds like the company protesteth too much. But even if CVX headquarters is not moved any time soon, the writing is on the wall.