Air Liquide has revealed plans to move its American corporate headquarters from the Houston Galleria area to the Air Liquide Centre in Memorial City in Houston.

Air Liquide is scheduled to break ground on the new hub this month.

Houston is the zone headquarters for Air Liquide’s US and American operations and one of three global hubs for the Air Liquide Group. The move will provide Air Liquide with expanded space and a world-class work environment to accommodate the company’s growing workforce and robust business plans.

The Air Liquide Centre will consist of a 20-story, 452,000-square-foot tower and an adjacent 145,000-square foot building, located at 9811 and 9807 Katy Freeway. Both Class A office buildings are LEED Silver pre-certified and will connect to a network of skywalks providing access to Memorial City Mall and other neighboring amenities within Memorial City.

Air Liquide’s administrative and industrial operations will initially occupy the upper six floors of the 20-story tower in addition to the first floor lobby and office space, totalling 155,000 square feet, with options to expand floor space. Its Engineering & Construction operations will occupy two floors of the second building, totaling 67,000 square feet.

“This move marks an exciting new chapter in Air Liquide’s history as our business continues to rapidly grow and evolve,” said Michael Graff, Chairman & CEO, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc. and Air Liquide Senior Vice President for the Americas.

“We are investing in our future, ensuring the right environment, space and resources to support our talented workforce and continue to enable the highest level of innovation and service for our customers.”

Groundbreakings for both new buildings were slated for January 2014, with completion of the entire project projected for November 2015.