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Phillips 66 Turns to Melton Electrical & Structured
Cabling for New Corporate Headquarters
When Phillips 66 was looking for an electrical contractor
to work on its first-ever global headquarters in Houston, it
went with a reliable company close to home.
Phillips 66, which is one of the highest-ranking Houston-based Fortune 500 company and employs approximately
14,000 people, is a diversified energy manufacturing and
logistics company with a portfolio of integrated businesses:
midstream, chemicals, refining, and marketing and specialties. The company processes, transports, stores and markets
fuels and products globally. Phillips 66 Partners LP, its master
limited partnership, is an integral part of the portfolio.
That’s when Melton Electric entered the picture.
Melton Electric is considered by electrical construction
industry observers to be one of the leading electrical and
structured cabling contractors in southeast Texas. It is a sec-ond-generation, family-owned business founded in 1969. It
had about 250 employees and generated an average of $75
million in revenue over the past five year.
A longtime member of the National Electrical Contractors
Association, Melton Electric has electrical, voice/data, and
fiber optic capabilities including design, budgeting, estimating, installation, service and maintenance. President Mark
Melton said his company had a relationship with the general
contractor and went through a typical bidding process to land
the project, which started in 2015 and was completed in 2016.
Melton said the project was built “from the ground up,”
encompassing the electrical work, infrastructure and lighting
for multiple buildings and a parking garage. The new headquarters of the company is a 1. 1 million-square-foot, 14-acre
campus with 15- and 13- story office towers connected by a
3,000 square-foot walking bridge and an eight-floor parking
The complex includes executive offices, fitness center,
learning center, data center, and kitchen/dining facilities. It
has a yoga studio, spinning studio, basketball court, and a soccer field with a track on top of the parking garage. It also has
an on-site dentist and physician, as well as two credit unions.
Employees can de-stress in the massage room or get their
suits pressed in an on-site dry cleaner.
There’s a 1: 1 ratio between office area and common space.
The heart of the campus is a vast central plaza, with towering
limestone-lined walls and curving glass ceiling. A coffee bar
sits in the center of the plaza and a cafeteria with dark wood-lined walls and modern chandeliers sits adjacent to the plaza.
The project was not without hurdles. Melton said the general contractor left midway through the project—though all
of the subcontractors stayed—and the complexity of some of
building automation systems his team worked with added
“It was a challenge for everyone working on the project,
especially for one that size,” Melton said.
Melton Electric worked on a similar project from 2012-
2014 for another major energy company, ExxonMobil, in
Spring, Texas, where it has expansive operations. ExxonMobil
is the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company in the world.
Its contracts consisted of new construction of five office
buildings (250,000 square feet each), including tenant
improvements, three parking garages, and a child development center over a sprawling campus. The total project
consisted of 15 office buildings, three parking garages, and
six special purposes buildings constructed simultaneously
on a 385-acre tract of land over a five-year period. Work was
completed in 2015.
Melton said another positive of the Phillips 66 project was
its safety record—there were no man hours lost or recordable injuries. The big projects have been good for business as
well. Even though Melton said there are few projects of that
size in Houston and a down economy in the area has slowed
immediate progress, he remains optimistic about the company’s future.
“The company’s goals over the next five years are to continue to develop the next generation of company leadership,
grow our structured cabling division and identify further
diversification opportunities in our electrical contracting
division,” Melton said.
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