Construction crews have moved on to the next project. Employees are unpacking boxes and settling into their new offices even as painters and landscaping crews are putting the final touches on Pioneer Natural Resources’ new Permian Basin headquarters.
A grand opening celebration for the new building at 3617 N. Big Spring is set for Nov. 19. A ribbon cutting ceremony will feature Clayton Williams, who sold the land to Pioneer, and Bobby Burns, president and chief executive officer of the Midland Chamber of Commerce.
Midland Mayor Jerry Morales, State Sen. Kel Seliger, State Rep. Tom Craddick and Pioneer Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Scott Sheffield are also expected to be part of the celebration.
The $76 million investment in a six-story, 260,000 square foot building features offices for 550 employees, training rooms, conference rooms and break areas. A child care center can accommodate 112 children from infant to pre-K and preschool. The basement includes a workout facility and his-and-hers locker room. The cafeteria will serve free lunches lunch Monday through Thursday.
Adjacent to the building is a three-story parking garage with 460 parking spaces.
In announcing the new building in early 2012, Sheffield said the company had been looking for more space and considered buying and retrofitting an existing building. He said officials decided it was more cost-effective to build from scratch, and employees would get a better building.
“The employees helped choose this site,” he said during the 2012 groundbreaking ceremony. “It’s closer to their homes; it’s close to Loop 250. We did consult with our employees before beginning negotiations with ClayDesta.”
The new headquarters is not Pioneer’s only investment in Midland. In the last several years the company has invested $60 million in its field offices along East Highway 80 and opened a new office in Midkiff.