Alcatel-Lucent Regional Headquarters (Nokia)
Location: Plano, TX
Architect: Morrison Dilworth + Walls
General Contractor: Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors
Mechanical Engineer: Purdy-McGuire, Inc.
Completion Date: October, 1 2016
265,000 SF complex consisting of a single-story 45,000 SF lab facility and a four-story 220,000 SF office building.
The top 3 floors and half of the 1st floor of the office building are conditioned by seven packaged DX VAV roof top units totaling 535 nominal tons.
The lab building and 1/2 of the 1st floor office is conditioned by three air-cooled high efficiency chillers, totaling 1,050 nominal tons.
Amid its $16.6 billion acquisition by Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent is preparing to move into a new regional headquarters building that will help streamline its operations.
“Even in the climate of a merger with us, where there’s a certain amount of uncertainty, the timing has been great,” said Tim Krause, chief marketing officer. “Employees are really excited. It creates sense of community and identity for the employees.”
Alcatel-Lucent employs about 1,200 people at its Plano offices.
The company currently operates out of two buildings at its Plano campus. It plans to sell the properties, including the land on which the new facility will be built, for an undisclosed amount to an undisclosed buyer. The 260,000 square-foot building, at the corner of Lotus Drive and Independence Parkway, is expected to open at the end of August on the same plot of land. It will serve as the central operations facility in Plano for the company, which operates its Americas headquarters out of Murray Hill, New Jersey.
Its current footprint is about 500,000 square feet.
“We’re going to be reducing down,” said Chuck Groshek, real estate asset manager for the company. “That’s due primarily to creating efficiencies in the floor plan, the new-style furniture and the fact that we do business differently now.”
The company’s new building will have 10 labs, a decrease in lab space, as Alcatel-Lucent frequently takes advantage of virtual labs, Groshek said. It will also comprise the customer training group and the executive briefing center, where the company’s marketing team brings clients to view the latest innovations.
The facility also will feature a fitness center and, on the roof of the lab space, a shaded outdoor patio workspace.
The office primarily will be open working space, Krause said.
“We’re modernizing our office layouts and standards, making them more efficient,” Groshek said about the new layout.
“It’s almost a Silicon Valley-feel that this generation has become accustomed to,” Krause said.
The move and the sale of the land cancels out the costs for Alcatel-Lucent and actually saves the company money in operational costs, Krause said.
And although the Nokia deal has yet to close, the move shouldn’t hinder any future plans, he added.
“What we say broadly about the deal – the complementary capabilities and market position – holds true for what’s happening in Plano, as well,” Krause said. “Most of what we do is not what is being done by the acquirer. So we’re pretty confident in what we’re trying to do.”
June 12, 2015
Dallas Business Journal