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Old May 31st, 2013, 05:01 AM   #1
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HOUSTON | Capitol Tower | 177m | 579ft | 34 fl | U/C

Developer: Skanska
Architect: Gensler
Type: Office
Location: Block bound by Capitol, Travis, Rusk and Milam
Start Date: 2014 (demo on-going)
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The owner of the Houston Club building is planning to replace the decades-old structure with a soaring glass and stone office tower that would stand atop a sleek tunnel- level lobby visible to pedestrians on the streets above it.

The space, designed to be a bright and inviting gathering spot, would be connected to the building's first floor by a wide interior staircase flanked by trees and other greenery.

"Not unlike the Spanish Steps in Rome, it will be a great meeting place," said Jim Furr, managing principal of Gensler, the architecture firm that designed the 34-story tower.

The developer, Skanska USA Commercial Development, unveiled renderings of the proposed building to the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday.

The new tower would mark a significant transformation of the site, which now contains an empty 18-story office building with two smaller adjacent structures.

It would also address a downtown issue, recently highlighted by Mayor Annise Parker, of improv*ing connections between the city's streets and its tunnels.

"There has to be better, more visible open connectors between what happens at the street and what happens in the underground," Parker said to a group of downtown property owners earlier this month.

The new building, currently referred to as Capitol Tower, would contain 700,000 square feet and was designed to meet high standards of environmental sustainability.

Its exterior would feature a "light box" effect, where a portion of the building would glow at night and have a unique reflection during the day.

The north side of the building would offer shade from the sun, which could make the ground level attractive to a restaurant with an outdoor patio.

The tower is still in the planning stages. Skanska said construction likely would not start before a tenant is found for a significant portion of the space.

Now that the last of the Houston Club building's tenants have moved out, interior abatement and other demolition work are about to start in preparation for demolition. Instead of being imploded, the building will be dismantled floor by floor, similar to the relatively recent deconstruction of an old Sheraton hotel on Polk in the southern portion of downtown.

Skanska plans to salvage the Houston Club building's steel and concrete and is hoping to reuse some of the old marble and stone in the new tower.

Michael Mair, executive vice president and regional manager of Skanska USA Commercial Development, said the company evaluated the building's historical significance when it considered taking on the project.

"It does not sit in a historic district. It's not listed on a registry, nor has it been nominated to be on a registry," Mair said. "The building is vintage, but only to 1955."

As it exists, he said, the building is "functionally obsolete." It has shallow floor-to-ceiling heights, small windows and outdated mechanical systems. "The building itself doesn't offer an architectural advantage like, say Esperson or 712 Main," Mair said.

Other big changes are a part of the redevelopment plan.

The pocket park on the northwest corner of the block would go away as the new building and parking garage would encompass the entire block, which is bounded by Capitol, Rusk, Milam and Travis. The park property is owned by Skanska.

The entrance of the building, too, would change from Rusk Street to Capitol, reflecting the building's proposed new name. That name, however, could well change once a major tenant signs up for space.

The entrance would face the new light rail line and the plaza outside the JPMorgan Chase building.

"Our tenants will have unobstructed views to the north," Mair said, noting that the open space in front of the Chase Tower and the nearby performing arts venues don't stand as tall as most downtown buildings. "It's a fabulous, unique site," he said.

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Old May 31st, 2013, 05:04 AM   #2
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Old June 5th, 2013, 01:49 PM   #3
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yeah that looks pretty good. One could only wish it was twice as tall.
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Minimalist but cool looking tower there .
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It still hasn’t broken ground, but Skanska’s Capitol Tower planned for the site of the now-vacant Houston Club building has received LEED V4 Platinum pre-certification, the newest version of green building standards from the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council.

The design is the first in Houston — and one of just a few in the United States — to receive the designation, New York-based Skanska USA Commercial Development said in a recent announcement.

The developer detailed the building’s sustainable features:
•a high-performance building fašade that significantly reduces solar gain;
•daylight harvesting technology that can significantly reduce energy usage;
•90 percent access to daylight and views for tenants;
•a garage with occupancy lighting sensors and a green rooftop;
•alternative vehicle charging stations;
•a rainwater collection system for reuse in landscape irrigation and water closets;
•bicycle racks, lockers and showers to encourage commuting.

The tower, which will be built at 808 Capitol, was designed by Gensler to include 750,000 square feet of high-end office space. Plans for the site include a two-level, open-air lobby connecting the street with the tunnel system.

“Skanska made it clear from the beginning of the design process that they wanted this to be the most sustainable building in Houston,” Gensler principal Kristopher Stuart said in a statement. “We really pushed our team to move beyond anything we have done before to create a building that offers an exceptional work environment in a high-performance envelope that will dramatically reduce operating costs. The design also places an extraordinary emphasis on public spaces and pedestrian experiences which we believe will greatly enhance and enrich Houston’s urban fabric.

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I don't. A filler, nothing more. Houston needs some quality new buildings with serious height, not bland, runty, eco-highrises.
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I don't. A filler, nothing more. Houston needs some quality new buildings with serious height, not bland, runty, eco-highrises.
More eco-friendly structures are needed regardless of the massing and aesthetics.
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This tower is as classy as they come.
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Demolishion has begun, after everything has been cleared the tower shall rise.
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I don't. A filler, nothing more. Houston needs some quality new buildings with serious height, not bland, runty, eco-highrises.
What Houston needs is more density in downtown.

This "filler" is doing its part...
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