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Old March 15th, 2013, 05:39 AM   #1
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Report says Hines touting new downtown tower

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Houston-based real estate developer Hines appears to be moving forward with plans to develop a new skyscraper on Main Street.

CultureMap has gotten its hands on a marketing brochure with a rendering and a description of the project at 609 Main: “A stunning 41-story, 815,000-square-foot office tower soon to be situated in the heart of downtown.”

Hines owns the site, known as Block 69, which used to house a McDonald’s. The land is bounded by Main, Texas, Fannin and Capitol.

In 2011, Hines executive Mark Cover told the Chronicle that ground breaking would depend on significant pre-leasing.

The building would be connected to the downtown tunnel system and designed to accommodate a variety of uses, including trading floors, open plans and private offices, he said.

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While plans aren’t definite, the company’s new building at 811 Main has generated significant interest in the site at 600 Main, he said.
A Hines spokeswoman said Thursday that there has been no announcement and no brochure has been made public.

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Hines touts new 41-story skyscraper in downtown Houston as demand for office space grows

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ines, the Houston real estate firm that developed the Galleria and a number of skyscrapers in downtown, is planning and marketing a major new downtown office tower on Main Street that will be at least 41 stories tall and perhaps, even taller.

The building would be located at the southwest corner of Main and Texas Avenue, catty-cornered from the Rice Lofts, which was the historic Rice Hotel at one time. The Hines site is a city block known as Block 69.

“Hines proudly introduces Houston’s next landmark, 609 Main at Texas, a stunning, 41-story 815,000-square-foot office tower soon to be situated in the heart of downtown.”

Hines owns the Block 69 site, which is mostly vacant land. Calling the proposed building “609 Main at Travis” the new Hines marketing brochure says “Hines proudly introduces Houston’s next landmark, 609 Main at Texas, a stunning, 41-story 815,000-square-foot office tower soon to be situated in the heart of downtown.”

Hines says no anchor tenant has been signed and without a major tenant in-tow, the company would not begin construction. But experts in the commercial real estate community believe Hines is close to signing a major corporation to lease a sizable chunk of the building and have the building completed by late 2016. Skyscrapers of this magnitude usually take two years or more to build.

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Old March 15th, 2013, 05:45 AM   #2
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Old March 16th, 2013, 08:32 AM   #3
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Love Houston, it's great to hear about another major building going downtown.
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Old March 17th, 2013, 11:07 PM   #4
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Looks quite tall and slender. Probably in the 600 ft range?
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Old March 18th, 2013, 11:00 PM   #5
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Old July 9th, 2013, 06:35 AM   #6
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looks like this needs to be moved to the skyscraper forum.. Hines is "Texas sizing" this tower! it should break ground in the first quarter of 2014.

http://houston.culturemap.com/news/r...p-development/
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Old July 24th, 2013, 08:24 AM   #7
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looks like this needs to be moved to the skyscraper forum.. Hines is "Texas sizing" this tower! it should break ground in the first quarter of 2014.

http://houston.culturemap.com/news/r...p-development/
how does one move a thread from one forum to another? does a moderator have to do it? this belongs in the "Skyscraper" section, as the building is now apparently 49 stories tall and 757' tall, according to "Houstontx" on HAIF.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 07:47 PM   #8
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Old July 26th, 2013, 05:46 AM   #9
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Love Houston, it's great to hear about another major building going downtown.
The Tulsa pic in your video sig had me confused for a bit lol
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Great. Downtown Houston has many empty lots and parking spaces waiting to be developed
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This is one big tower. Although it maybe won't look that tall one block from the JPMorgan Chase Tower.
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Hines Set to Begin Construction on 609 Main at Texas in Houston

Development of Downtown's Newest Iconic Landmark Underway

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(HOUSTON) – The Houston office of Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today its construction schedule for 609 Main at Texas, the 47-story, 1,050,000-square-foot office tower under development at the corner of Main and Texas streets in Downtown Houston on the Main Street rail line. Site preparation, including the deconstruction of an existing abandoned structure, will begin the first week in November. Excavation and foundation activities will occur in March 2014, and after 36 months of construction, the building will be ready for occupancy.

609 Main at Texas is being developed by the Hines CalPERS Green (HCG) development fund, a partnership that focuses exclusively on developing sustainable office buildings throughout the United States certifiable through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Core & Shell (LEED®-CS) program. This is the same partnership that developed BG Group Place, an extremely successful office building also on Main Street. 609 Main at Texas is pre-registered LEED, and is expected to attain Gold or Platinum certification upon completion.

Hines President Jeff Hines said, “609 Main at Texas is a strategic follow-on to our success with BG Group Place. We are thrilled to start construction on our second major office tower on Main Street, especially with our partner, CalPERS. We saw the trend coming several years ago when we purchased two key blocks of land on Main Street, and now our strategy has been confirmed with the start of this iconic new landmark.”

“We have already had significant leasing interest among all the sectors that fuel CBD development,” said Hines Senior Managing Director John Mooz. “This project will be a true ‘next-generation’ office building, utilizing best practices we’ve learned from our previous developments in Houston and around the world. While 609 Main at Texas is designed to house multiple firms, there is obviously a significant and prestigious opportunity for an anchor tenant, including options for large trading floors and outdoor space.”

Designed by Pickard Chilton, 609 Main at Texas’ north and south facades will extend skyward, culminating in a dramatic diagonal crown, creating a new, highly visible Downtown landmark. The narrower east and west facades will be slightly recessed, and the subtly faceted exterior façade will be clad in floor-to-ceiling glass with brushed-stainless-steel accents. Vertical blades will be incorporated in the east and west facades, enhancing the tower’s silhouette and offering solar shading. Computer-controlled LED illumination within the east and west recesses, and the tower’s sloped crown will accentuate 609 Main’s presence on the nighttime skyline.

Jon Pickard of Pickard Chilton noted, “Our design for 609 Main at Texas is evocative of BG Group Place – it acknowledges and advances the contemporary tradition of the Houston skyscraper while respecting the historical vocabulary of Main Street’s classic architecture. The tower will continuously animate the Central Business District with its shifting palette of light.”

Amenities at the vertically integrated campus will include: a “hotel-style” lobby with a café and spaces for networking; a 7,000-square-foot high-performance fitness center; an 8,000-square-foot conference center; full-height windows allowing for an abundance of natural light throughout the building; a sophisticated underfloor HVAC system; and private roof gardens in select tenant spaces. Floor plates will comprise 27,500 square feet, and parking for 1,500 cars will be provided in an internal 13-level garage (11 above-grade and two below-grade floors). Situated on one of the most centrally located blocks in Houston’s CBD, 609 Main at Texas tenants will enjoy a variety of transportation options – connectivity to Houston’s tunnel system, and access to light rail, Park & Ride and mass transit. In addition, the Main Street area provides a myriad of restaurants and entertainment venues, as well as a burgeoning residential population.




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nice, reminds me of those twin towers in calgary. but this seems to be classier.
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It is amazing that 700 feet of great quality steel and glass looks so short in that skyline! Also, that last rendering does not look ANYTHING like a typical Texas city! Great Job!
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this one is being prepped right now- the existing structure on the lot is about to be dismantled (sorry, guys, no explosions for this one, darn)
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 05:38 AM   #18
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It seems the US is on fire... a lot of buildings popping out everywhere, of course not as tall as the one in NYC, but i see a lot of them in the range of 200-300 m tall.
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It is amazing that 700 feet of great quality steel and glass looks so short in that skyline! Also, that last rendering does not look ANYTHING like a typical Texas city! Great Job!
Yeah, I don't think the render is accurate. I've driven through Downtown Houston (the Highway surrounding it) and a 757ft building would have a much bigger visual impact than that render is giving off.
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It seems the US is on fire... a lot of buildings popping out everywhere, of course not as tall as the one in NYC, but i see a lot of them in the range of 200-300 m tall.


Btw, the Morgan Chase Tower looks incredible. Very underrated building in my opinion
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