First look: HP’s new campus in Houston

At HP’s new 378,000-square-foot campus in Springwoods Village, conference rooms are equipped with carbon dioxide monitors to let fresh air out when a meeting is long and the room gets stuffy.

A herb and vegetable garden is tended by volunteers and the abundance of these is used for the preparation of meals in the company canteen.

Lighting systems are said to have a positive influence on the circadian rhythm of employees – the goal is to keep employees awake in the office and to stay calm at night.

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The design of the new HP Campus in Houston, which opened in February, was heavily influenced by nature and wellness.

“Plants, natural light and natural materials have a positive influence on people’s moods,” says Laura DelaFuente, Head of Workplace Strategy and Experience at HP in a company report . “It is important to us that employees spend their day in a healthy environment.”

HP, which separated from HP Enterprise in 2015, sells printers, PCs and mobile devices. The company goes back to Hewlett Packard, which with the acquisition of the Houston-based Compaq Computer Corp. gained a foothold in the region in 2002. Since then, the company has scaled back operations here, including its Texas 249 campus near Louetta.

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The new HP home near Interstate 45 North and Grand Parkway houses around 2,300 employees.

Houston-based architecture firm PDR designed the space and supplied these never-before-seen images.

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