ABS Opens New World Headquarters

The new ABS headquarters outside Houston, Texas (ABS)

Published Jan 8, 2019 11:40 AM by The Maritime Executive

On Tuesday, ABS held the ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new global headquarters outside Houston, Texas. Anchoring the new CityPlace 2 development, the building is located at 1701 City Place Drive in the municipality of Spring, Texas, across the road from ExxonMobil's 380-acre Houston campus. The new ABS headquarters is a 10-story, 330,000-sq-ft building housing employees from ABS and its affiliated companies.

“This is a significant milestone in our 157-year history and reaffirms our commitment to provide industry-leading safety and practical technology solutions for marine and offshore industry challenges,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “A five-year journey that started as an idea has now culminated in a building reflecting our leadership position and our continued vision for growth. Our building provides open and inviting spaces where we gather with industry partners to collaborate and engage in advancing innovation."

The state-of-the-art global headquarters visibly represents the industry’s data-driven sustainability journey, as it is home to the ABS cyber and digital laboratories. These technology acceleration centers bring together employees, clients, industry and academia to develop, test and apply smart technology solutions, which enable informed decisions in the face of fast-moving environmental requirements.

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki cuts the ribbon for the class society's new headquarters (ABS)

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Wiernicki received a declaration from U.S. Congressman (R-TX) Kevin Brady acknowledging the ABS investment in the community. Wiernicki also thanked the teams that were instrumental in the development of the project, including Cushman & Wakefield, Patrinely, Coventry and USAA.

“From the very beginning, ABS was clear in its vision to have an energy-efficient building located among a modern, high-quality amenity base, including hotels, restaurants, and fitness facilities," said Tim Relyea, Executive Vice Chairman of Cushman Wakefield.