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Air Liquide Agrees To Move HQ to New 20-Story Tower in Memorial City

Paris-Based Company to Move U.S. Headquarters to MetroNational Project from Houston Galleria
February 10, 2014
Air Liquide, a Paris-based multinational supplier of industrial gases and services to industrial users, will move its U.S. corporate headquarters from the Houston Galleria to a two-building, 597,000-square-foot complex planned in MetroNational Corp.'s Memorial City development. Construction on the two-building project is scheduled to commence this month and wrap up in November 2015.

The new Air Liquide Center will consist of a 20-story, 452,000-square-foot highrise and an adjacent 145,000-square-foot building at 9811 and 9807 Katy Freeway. Both office properties are being constructed to LEED Silver specifications and will provide skywalks for access to Memorial City Mall.

Air Liquide's administrative and industrial operations will occupy the upper six floors of the 20-story office tower and first floor lobby area. The engineering and construction divisions will take up two floors of the adjacent building. Morris Architects designed the tower building, while Gensler is the architect for the second building and is designing Air Liquide's interiors in both properties.

Doug Elliott and Kevin Kushner of CBRE negotiated on behalf of Air Liquide.

Owned and managed by MetroNational, Memorial City is a mixed-use development containing 7.6 million square feet of developed real estate across 265 acres.

The announcement caps a series of major real estate wins for MetroNational at its Memorial City project.

"With the announcement of Air Liquide, four major publicly traded companies have made the decision to relocate to Memorial City in the last 24 months, filling 750,000 total square-feet of office space,” said MetroNational executive vice president Randy Nerren.

Last year, Murphy Exploration & Production Co., a subsidiary of El Dorado, Ark.-based Murphy Oil Corp. (NYSE: MUR), moved into the 14-story Murphy Building developed by MetroNational at 9805 Katy Freeway, where it occupies nine floors, or more than 200,000 square feet. Other recent inbound moves include Houston-based Cobalt International Energy Inc. (NYSE: CIE) relocation from the Galleria area in 2012 and Nexen's headquarter relocation from Plano.

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