Natural gas driller Southwestern Energy, the leading production company in Arkansas’ Fayetteville Shale play, officially opened its $25 million, 120,000 sq. ft. regional office in Conway.
The 11.5 acre site is located at the Village at Hendrix, a new multi-use neighborhood development that includes commercial, retail, and residential properties.
“This facility is another indication that we are committed to our operations in the Fayetteville Shale and that we are dedicated to our position in Arkansas," said Southwestern Energy President and CEO Steve Mueller. “The Fayetteville Shale continues to be a world-class natural gas reservoir that is allowing Southwestern to help our country meet its growing energy needs."
The new office, which houses approximately 320 employees with room for future growth, supports the company’s operations in central Arkansas. Some of the positions filled at the regional complex include geoscientists, engineers, data analysts, information technology specialists, accountants and human resource personnel.
Southwestern’s new regional office is also LEED-certified. The company used recycled and regional materials as well as reduced-emission products to construct the facility. Additionally, the parking lot of the building utilizes pervious pavement which removes suspended solids from rainwater.
Adjacent to the property is an ecological restoration project, which will be completed later this spring when trees, shrubs, aquatic plants and other native plant species are planted. It will serve as a training ground for Hendrix College students studying stormwater management and environmentally sensitive design.