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Old November 11th, 2013, 04:28 PM   #1
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HOUSTON | 800 Bell - Humble Oil Bldg. Redevelopment | 185m | 606ft | 44 fl | Pro

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Ziegler Cooper won an invitation-only competition for the extensive renovation of the Humble Oil Headquarters building. The 44 level structure, completed in 1962 and located in the southernmost portion of Houston’s Skyline District at Milam and Bell Streets, was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. When the original tenant – now ExxonMobil – vacates in the second quarter of 2015, a complete transformation of the building will begin, bringing it up to compete with other Class A+ properties in downtown Houston.

Ziegler Cooper’s winning design will include deepening the current lease depths to 42 feet to add over 100,000 square feet of new rent-able area, bringing the building gross square footage to 1.4 million square feet. In addition, the owner plans to redevelop the grand plaza along Bell Street, tie in the downtown tunnel system, renovate the lobby, re-clad the building in high-performance glazing to meet LEED Gold standards and create an illuminated, iconic crown that will mark 800 Bell as a striking new addition the Houston skyline.
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The new crown may add to the height. This is how the building looks today:

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The Exxon Building had its start in the early 1960s as the Humble Oil Building:

Along with the Chase Manhattan plaza in NYC and the Prudential Building in Boston, this was among the largest postwar modernist skyscrapers built in the US.
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Old November 15th, 2013, 07:39 AM   #3
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the most beautiful transformation i have ever seen proposed. my god
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Looks great!

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That is a pretty cool transformation.
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The Exxon Building has a distinctive feature: cantilevered shades protruding from each of its floors. Too bad they will be lost during upcoming renovation (I wonder if there are any similar buildings with this feature?). It is to involve a floorspace extension, a new facade, plaza renovation, and addition of a "crown". If all this is what it has to be to become a better and more attractive office building, then it's for the best.
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Joint venture pursues city of Houston to redevelop downtown Exxon building

800 Bell, which currently houses Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), will soon be up for grabs as Exxon moves into its new headquarters in Spring.

A joint venture, created by Houston-based Griffin Partners Inc. and San Francisco-based Shorenstein Co., which owns the building, will pursue the city of Houston to fill that space.

The proposal would include the city relocating its court system, as well as its Houston Police Department and even possibly fire department headquarters.

The idea came during a time when the mayor and the City Council were in discussions about the city's existing court and police facilities, which are in disrepair. A plan for a brand-new, city-owned facility was estimated to cost between $750 million and $1.2 billion. The council said that cost would require the city to raise taxes.

The other alternative discussed involved making renovations to the existing buildings, which also came at a high annual cost, as the buildings are in bad shape.

At this point, Fred Griffin, chairman of Griffin Partners, thought that a longterm lease could be another option.

"I went back to the city and said, okay, there ought to be another alternative," Griffin said.

He suggested the redevelopment of 800 Bell, a 45-story, 1.2 million square-foot downtown building that was already slated to be redeveloped when Exxon left the premises, to accommodate the city's police and court systems.

"They said it was a good offer, and let's examine it," Griffin said.

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