Newpark Drilling Fluids celebrates grand opening of technology center
Newpark Drilling Fluids celebrated the grand opening of the Newpark Technology Center in Katy, Texas, on Oct. 30.
KATY, Texas –Newpark Drilling Fluids celebrated the grand opening of the Newpark TechnologyCenter in Katy, Texas, on Oct. 30. This follows the opening of its new world headquarters and laboratory facility, also in Katy, in June.
“The creation of the Newpark Technology Center is a landmark in the history of our company,” stated President Bruce Smith. “This facility unites our technical staff and administrative staff under one roof and enables us to continue making technological breakthroughs with global effects. We are very excited to share it with our customers and business associates.”
One of the most unique features of the facility is the lobby’s two‐story living water wall, which Newpark says symbolizes its commitment to environmentally conscious technology.
It is the fourth-largest living wall in the United States, housing nearly 700 plants. The structure uses recycled water to sustain plant life, and the hydroponic wall produces clean air within the facility.
The Newpark Technology Center is located on an expanse of 11 acres along the I-10 energy corridor near Mason Road. The 102,685-sq ft complex consists of 37,000 sq ft of research and development space, a high-tech training laboratory, and a field-testing and services area. Newpark says that the lab features a one‐of‐a‐kind drilling simulator, as well as a training auditorium and a full range of world-class analytical capabilities.