Houston, Texas – (The Hosting News) – April 14, 2008 – Privately held dedicated web hosting company, The Planet, has received the Landmark Ã¢â‚¬â„¢08 award for ”Best Corporate Headquarters Relocation,” for opening its Bayou Place headquarters in December 2007.
Consolidating its offices in downtown Houston from two locations in north Houston, the Planet was nominated for the award by its real estate brokers, Jackson and Cooksey Ltd.
Douglas J. Erwin, Chairman and CEO of The Planet noted, ”When we evaluated new locations for our headquarters, our goal was to find a creative, open space that would provide an environment where our employees would enjoy coming to work everyday. The Planet’s Bayou Place provided the exact footprint we envisioned. It had been vacant for almost 20 years and offered an open floor plan with untold possibilities. The team of experts who helped us, including our own internal facilities organization, was committed to our vision of excellence. It takes teamwork to make this vision a reality, and they all delivered. When potential employees interview, they see our commitment to an extraordinary workplace.”
Sponsored by the Houston Business Journal, The Planet earned first prize in the category against competition from far larger projects and companies. Nominee finalists included Bechtel Equipment’s regional headquarters and the Reed Hycalog world headquarters and technology center.
Andy Iversen, Senior Vice President of Jackson and Cooksey remarked, ”It takes tremendous vision to take long-term vacant space and create a new corporate headquarters. The Planet’s Doug Erwin told us he had always wanted to create an office environment in an airplane hangar, and this was a close match. The project is one of the most creative we’ve had an opportunity to represent.”
A broad range of companies partnered with The Planet to create its new headquarters location. Following is a partial list:
Developer: The Cordish Company, represented by Taylor Gray
Real Estate Brokers: Jackson and Cooksey Ltd. brokers included Senior Vice Presidents Andy Iversen and John Beach, and Senior Associate Anthony Squillante
Architect: Kendall/Heaton Associates’ Jory Alexander led the design and architectural team
Contractor: D.E. Harvey Builders, represented by Rusty Gorman, Eric Lowe, Charles Gates and Javier Escalona
Ultimately, The Planet endeavors to provide:
- High levels of network capacity and speed to deliver peak performance
- Instant scalability to handle even the largest spikes in network traffic
- Parallel, redundant, multi-tiered network routing and switching architecture to assure reliability and stability
- Multiple layer network security that prevents Delayed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks from harming businesses
- Knowledgeable experts with a passion for excellence and a commitment to operate the best networks in the business
The Planet is a leading provider of On Demand IT Infrastructure solutions, hosting over 22,000 small and medium size businesses and 6.7 million web sites worldwide, using the best choice of servers, software tools and support, backed by enhanced facilities and network connectivity.
For more information about The Planet, please visit: www.theplanet.com.