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Preparing Engineers and Geologists for New Challenges

BP Exploration and Production Global Learning Center
Houston, Texas, USA

This state-of-the-art Learning Center host courses for 4,000 BP engineers, geologists and other “petrotechnical” professionals each year.

The center is advancing technical learning and development for BP’s global Exploration and Production business. It also is the global distance learning hub for off-site employees.

HOK’s design provides specialized spaces for delivering a complex curriculum. Classrooms can simulate BP’s real-world oil field conditions and accommodate videoconferences with participants from across the world.

To accommodate height requirements, extra-large classrooms are located in the double-story atrium space. The team designed circulation and public areas as informal flexible spaces that foster active and passive learning.

The materials, detailing and graphics express the history, process, geology and safety aspects of BP’s energy exploration and production.

The team is pursuing LEED-NC Platinum for the center, which occupies the second and third floors of west Houston’s Helios Plaza building.


LEED-NC Platinum anticipated


105,000 sq. ft. / 32,000 sq. m.


Facility Programming
Interior Design


Number of courses the Global Learning Center hosts per year


9 March 2010
“BP Expands Houston’s Role, Centralizes Operations”
Houston Chronicle